Chipped cup or mug? Don’t throw it away!

Miss Thrifty6 July 3, 2010

I used to get really annoyed when I chipped a cup or mug, especially if it was one of my favourite Cath Kidston ones. This past few months it has been even more annoying, because of my New Year’s Resolution to fill just one bin bag every month. Every cubic centimetre inside that bin bag is precious space! So I have been turning chipped mugs into plant pots and plant pot holders for garden herbs…

chipped mug

1. Take your collection of chipped mugs in hand.

reuse chipped cup

2. Find a little plant pot that will fit inside and fill it with compost. If you don’t have one, fill the bottom of the mug with a few centimetres of gravel or stones, and add the compost on top of that. This will help drainage.

chipped cups

3. Plant your seeds. This time round, I chose chervil. We don’t use chervil so much in this country, but I like it: it is like parsley, but with a slight liquorice flavour (nicer than it sounds). Use it as you would parsley. My chervil seeds, by the way, cost nothing – they came from Freecycle.

cath kidston mug

4. So it’s easy-peasy, quick and cheap – and the prettier the mug, the prettier the plant pot holder you’ll end up with. Hey presto!

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6 Responses to “Chipped cup or mug? Don’t throw it away!

Squirrelers says:

I like this idea. Very interesting. The next time a mug is chipped, it can be my excuse to put together a fun botany lesson for my young daughter!

July 4, 2010 at 6:12 am

This is a good idea and I wish I had the skills. I have a black thumb. I gave the last of my ailing houseplants to a friend who can and does grow anything with little effort. I asked her how they were doing. She replied, “They are doing well. They are healing and they never ever want to see you again.”

July 4, 2010 at 5:24 pm

Jesse says:

That’s a great tip. I love gardening and stuff but don’t actually own any mugs or glass cups! Maybe I’ll have to buy some so I can chip them and put them into the field so to speak 🙂

July 6, 2010 at 8:08 pm

Judy says:

That’s a great idea! One little plant that grows well in the windowsill (at least mine) is little peppers. (love the tiny red hot thai peppers)

July 7, 2010 at 5:44 pm

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