I wanted to grow fresh herbs in my kitchen but I didn't want them to take up too much counter space so I thought stacking big coffee mugs and using them as pots would be the perfect solution! I'll admit, I'm not a huge green thumb so I'm keeping my fingers crossed that if I lightly water these as needed, I can get away without drainage holes in the bottom of the mugs (if I can't, you may see an updated version of this project). If you were using smaller plants, this would look so cute with little teacups from the thrift store. You could find many different uses for this sculpture, including using it to house things like jewellery or office supplies.
- mugs or teacups appropriate size for your plants
- epoxy for ceramic
- plastic surface to mix epoxy on
Play around with the layout of your mugs. Keep in mind that you want the weight to be distributed over the center so that it doesn't topple over. I did have to put some rocks in the bottom of my base mug before putting the plants in as it was a little side heavy.
Mix your epoxy on your plastic surface. I used Gorilla Epoxy which dries clear, sets in 5 minutes and bonds metals, woods, ceramics, glass and more. These mugs were a little difficult to clamp so the fact that it set fast was a bonus. I personally found letting the epoxy sit for a few minutes after mixing it, thickened it up a bit and made it easier to apply.
Apply the epoxy to the surfaces that are going to be touching and hold in place until it begins to set. Once it started to set, I just leaned the top mug against some books so it wouldn't slide and left it to dry for 30 minutes.
Follow step 2 and 3 to add the top mug, once your first 2 mugs are bonded together.
Add your plants and water lightly :)
This epoxy seems really strong to me but I would still be cautious and use smaller/lighter objects for your top 2 mugs.