So I’ve been waffling back and forth for a while on how to repurpose house hold ceramics and porcelain into planters. I followed a Reddit user posted video on how to hammer a nail into a ceramic mug successfully to make my own porcelain tea cup planter with drainage.

I tried the under water technique seen here

(note link above goes to Reddit. The subreddit contains the NSFW/NSFK F* word)

A hammer and roofing nail placed on a wooden table surface next to a teacup in a plastic pyrex filled with water
A hammer and roofing nail placed on a wooden table surface next to a teacup in a plastic pyrex filled with water

 

AND. IT. WORKS.

Materials:

** Hammer

** Roofing nail or other large type of nail. Not the kind you use for hanging picture frames.

** Container for water big enough for your ceramic or porcelain cup

** A little bravery

Tea cup under water with a roofing nail sticking out the top
Tea cup under water with a roofing nail sticking out the top

I bought an orphaned tea cup at my local grocery from the clearance table. Then when I got home, removed the stickers and labels. While submerging it upside down I held it at an angle to get as much of the air bubble out as possible.

I started with a few light taps until I knew the nail was starting to hold itself up from the tip. Then a few more taps to be careful not to smash the nail right through my plastic bowl into my Boos woodblock, because that’d be a pain and a half to replace.

And hurray! It totally works! I then grabbed the nail and moved it in and out around the edge of the hole a little bit to smooth out the rough porcelain edges. The nail I use is a roofing nail so it has a little bit of texture coating on it.

Now, what to plant into this cute little cup????

 

Top view of a tea cup with a drainage hole made with a hammer and nail
Top view of a tea cup with a drainage hole made with a hammer and nail
Underside view of a tea cup with a drainage hole made with a hammer and nail
Underside view of a tea cup with a drainage hole made with a hammer and nail