This rather large but adorable grapevine tea cup & saucer is an easy, repurpose gardening project. I got the idea when my niece, Patricia, sent me an adorable message on Facebook that showed a lovely purple pansy plant in a grapevine cup and saucer. I told her that the picture was inspiring and would be fun to re-create. She agreed, so here I am showing you how I did it.
First off, I found a few old grapevine wreaths in my stash that I took apart and soaked in water for a few days. Soaking helps to soften the vines and make them more bendable.
Once you remove the vines from the water, you have to work fast since they will dry out quickly.
Begin by wrapping the vines in the smallest possible circle without breaking them. That proved to be very challenging for me!
At first, I tried wrapping the vine around a bowl but it was hard for me to control, tighten and hold them in place, and I got a bit frustrated.
So I gave up on the bowl and just kept wrapping the vine around in a circular motion to get a base to work upon. Once I had a base, I started cutting the vines into workable lengths and wrapping them around, tucking the ends in, here and there and adding more and more vines to mimic the round look of a teacup. You can use brown wire to help keep it all secure.
Continue adding vines, moving up and around, filling in the gaps until satisfied with the look.
To make the handle, group a small portion of thin vines together and bend into a backward "C". Then push the ends through the top and bottom side portions of the wrapped vines. Separately tuck the ends of the handle into the vines to secure.
The saucer is nothing more than some leftover grapevine garland that I had coiled into a flat circular surface a bit larger than the base of the cup.
And finally, to help with drainage, I inserted a coconut planter liner from the dollar store.
To complete the look, added soil and a few petunia plants!
What an adorable whimsy garden container!
Take a little time to enjoy