Coffee mugs are common household items that seem to rapidly multiply. They come with complete sets of dishes, and varieties with clever sayings and graphics are often given as gifts. One person only needs two or three coffee mugs for hot beverages – unless they plan to entertain and serve hot drinks to guests. Consider these creative ways to use coffee mugs instead of taking up valuable cabinet space. They make fantastic little planters, candle holders, and more.
Creative Planters Made with Mugs
Extra coffee mugs make terrific planters. They are ideal for starting new plants and holding smaller rooted varieties. Fill the bases of coffee mugs with a layer of pebbles for drainage, and add rich organic soil until they are three-fourths of the way full. Plant herb seeds to grow in a sunny kitchen window, newly rooted spider plants, or any other small houseplants that do not require a lot of growing room. Use a mixture of sand and soil for small cacti. In any case the coffee mugs will be easy to grasp since they are equipped with handles, and with proper care the plants will flourish and grow. They might eventually require transplanting, but in the meantime they will help create a lovely display and make use of cups that would otherwise collect dust in the back of a cabinet.
Use Extra Coffee Mugs as Votive Holders
Votive candles provide a cheap way to add ambience and a soft warm glow to any room. When looking for ways to use extra coffee mugs, turn them into unique votive candle holders. They are especially appropriate for the kitchen, but they can be used to beautifully decorate any room in the home.
Begin by adding a small amount of sand or baking soda to the bases of the coffee mugs. Add votive candles of any color or fragrance. Unless the coffee mugs are transparent or translucent they will not let the candlelight filter through, but plenty of light will be emitted from above. Best of all, since they are designed to hold hot beverages they will be able to better withstand the heat of candle flames. In any case, never leave lit candles in unattended.
Creative Gifts with Mugs
One of the best ways to use extra coffee mugs is by sharing them with family and friends. Use extras and unique gift holders. Coffee mugs can be thoroughly washed and used to hold homemade or store-bought candies and cookies. They can also be lined with shredded tissue paper and filled with small gifts such as trinkets or jewelry. Wrap the filled coffee mugs with clear cellophane, and secure the tops with pretty ribbons. Before long all of the extra coffee mugs will be gone, and kitchen cabinets will have far more extra space for holding other items.