Espresso Cup Terrariums


Hello lovelies, I’m finally home after a week in sunny Cyprus where I’ve soaked up a full year’s worth of Vitamin D.  Before my trip I bought a few different baby succulents and today I finally have time to pot them.  Everyone is raving about succulents these days because they are very low-maintenance and easy to look after.  I travel quite a lot and succulents are just perfect since they do not require frequent watering.  Finally, plants that I won’t kill 😉

The expresso cups make a perfect-sized home for my plant babies.  See more pictures and simple instructions after the cut.IMGP6087IMGP6093

You will only need a few ingredients:

Pebbles in the most bottom layer for drainage

Activated Coal, which you can usually get these at pet shops in the aquarium section, above the pebbles to absorb toxin/chemical build-up in the soil (keeps things fresh)

Peat moss, to absorb any surplus water

Here are the simple steps:

  1. Make a drainage base layer with the pebbles, then add a bit of activated coal as the filter on top.
  2.  Wiggle the succulent out of its initial packaging (if you want to add more soil make sure you use cactus soil instead of the regular house plant soil), & plop it on top of the last two layers.
  3. Finally place some moss on top of the surface of the soil.

There are some who place the moss under the soil to absorb extra water but as I’d imagine you won’t be watering the succulents all that much anyway I prefer to use the moss as for aesthetic decoration.  The whole DIY project took me maybe 10 minutes max.  Material-wise cost was minimal as well.  The set of expresso cups were bought from a charity shop for €1 and each succulent was under €1.  I got a bag of the moss for maybe around €2, and the activated coal and pebbles were around €5-7 each (but there is a lot left over for other plant projects).

Anyway, I hope you like my idea of planting succulents in expresso cups!


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