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Nov 20, 2015 2:28 PM CST
|To my disappointment, we tested my grandmother's wedding dishes for lead and it came out positive. We did not eat off them often, but used the platter for serving meat. |
So I am wondering if these could be used for tiny pots for house plants? We have learned the safest way to drill holes through these when a clock was made with a dinner plate. ( Another clock... now we have two in the dining room, with a total of 8 downstairs. This comes with a child interested in making and repairing clocks. ) I am assuming the cups would need drain holes.
I have my own wedding dish cup and saucers. We just do not use them for anything. When we have coffee, cocoa, etc. use mugs. So they just collect dust.
If this is do-able, what are some house plants that would remain small enough for these? For those I keep, I want this to be a permanent home. I hope to give some as gifts, too.
I'll take pictures later of the cup and saucers if you want to see them, but I have to get to them... Likely, have a child climb onto the counter to bring them down.
Thank you for any ideas and help.
Nov 20, 2015 4:43 PM CST
|Not to sound impolite, but is it safe handling them if they have lead in them? I know it's obviously not advised to eat off them or drink out of them (hence you wanting to turn them into pots), but I was just curious about handling them.|
Nov 20, 2015 5:17 PM CST
|How about small succulents or mini African Violets; sure there are others I can't think of. I've also seen cup and saucers screwed together onto a metal rod and used as little bird feeders or candle holders.|
Nov 20, 2015 6:58 PM CST
|I've been known to use cups and saucers and candy dishes as little cache pots for displaying small plants; just sit a small plant pot down into the cup or dish for displaying. I've also planted directly into small cups and candy dishes etc. in the past. You just have to be careful with watering if there are no drainage holes. Decorative teacups make a pretty presentation! Check out these photos here of cups all planted up: |
I've seen folks make bird feeders from old cups/saucers:
Some people make gardening decor with old plates etc. Check out these pretty flowers:
And, don't forget to check out the Garden Art Forum for great ideas! Some of our members are quite crafty and make lovely garden decor items with recycled cups, saucers, dishes etc. Check out these threads:
The thread "Totems, Stacks and Glass in the Garden" in Garden Art forum
The thread "Glass Plate Flowers" in Garden Art forum
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Nov 22, 2015 2:38 PM CST
Plantomaniac08 said:Not to sound impolite, but is it safe handling them if they have lead in them? I know it's obviously not advised to eat off them or drink out of them (hence you wanting to turn them into pots), but I was just curious about handling them.
We were handling them before knowing, but now that we know we'll wash our hands after touching them. My husband worked right by my son who made a plate into a clock, using water to prevent dust and a really slow drill. They will not be handled very much at all... the occasional pick-up to dust on and around, if I use the cups as mini-pots. The clock only to put in batteries or change the time.
Nov 22, 2015 2:57 PM CST
|Now that we know how to safely drill holes in these plates, holes can be drilled in the cups for drainage. I looked at this site from the photos in the search. |
The succulents in their teacups look really nice. I think I've seen those at the local nursery. Will they stay small? The only succulent I am familiar with is the Autumn Joy sedum outside. Another site showed hen and chicks. That's a possibility.
I tend to be pretty spartan, so have minimal knick knacks, inside or out. These dishes are a little fancy for me, but they are one of the few things I have of my grandmother's. I want to find some fairly practical use for them since food use is no longer do-able.
Thank you all for your replies. :)
Nov 24, 2015 11:12 AM CST
|My husband picked up a pink Kalanchoe for me yesterday to put in one of my teacups. We'll see how this goes.|
Dec 4, 2015 6:07 PM CST
|I finally got the photos off my camera. I need to get more little plants, but this is what I have so far. |
The plant was just put in this spot for a picture. I didn't realize it wasn't the best until I saw the photo blown up.
Here is the clock.
One house plant I want is a Living Stone (Lithops) or two or more. From images I have seen, I wonder if my little cups would be just the right size.