“Souper” Simple Herb & Vegetable Planter in a Retro Soup Mug

“Souper” Simple Herb & Vegetable Planter in a Retro Soup Mug

Springtime is definitely the season for parties. Bridal showers…baby showers…Mother’s Day…you get the picture. And while the requisite bottle of wine or bouquet of flowers is a perfectly pleasant hostess gift, sometimes you just want something a little more unique and/or memorable. AND, let’s not forget the need for teacher appreciation or end-of-school-year gifts!

While thrifting recently, I started finding an influx of vintage soup mugs. You know the kind I’m talking about- dating to the 1970s-1980s, with a simple recipe printed on the side. I don’t know why I kept finding them, but there they were, beckoning to me with retro appeal.

Vintage retro soup mug with printed recipe to be repurposed as DIY herb and vegetable planter by Sadie Seasongoods / www.sadieseasongoods.com

Remember these?

I bought a handful, because why not?

I didn’t have a plan for them in mind…but I figured something would come to me. As I read the ingredient list on each mug, I marveled at the simplicity and how “basic” they seemed. I suppose things like The Food Network and modern diets have turned us all into home chefs, with our soups calling for bruised lemongrass stalks, and our “paleo” this and that.


Shortly after collecting a few soup mugs, my favorite local farms began hosting plant sales.

Vintage retro soup mug with printed recipe to be repurposed as DIY herb and vegetable planter by Sadie Seasongoods / www.sadieseasongoods.com

Baby plants!

And that’s when the upcycling lightbulb clicked on- use the soup mugs as planters for hostess gifts, filling each one with an ingredient from the recipe or a fun herb to use in the kitchen! This post contains affiliate links for your crafting convenience.

How easy and cute is that? The love of vintage and the love of gardening often go hand-in-hand…and even if they don’t, the need for charming hostess gift ideas (or a teacher appreciation gift) is ALWAYS on trend.

So, I purchased a few plants for my garden- tomatoes, herbs- gathered my handle trowel, a retro soup mug, and gave it a go.

Vintage retro soup mug with printed recipe to be repurposed as DIY herb and vegetable planter by Sadie Seasongoods / www.sadieseasongoods.com

A ‘mater plant for my ‘mater soup mug…

I also decided to try my hand at re-growing scallions after using the green stalks in a recipe. And lo and behold, those suckers really do grow back if you plant the bulb end in potting soil! I purposefully bought a bunch that had healthy-looking, slightly unruly roots…and after a week or so, they’ve really done well!

Vintage retro soup mug with printed recipe to be repurposed as DIY herb and vegetable planter by Sadie Seasongoods / www.sadieseasongoods.com

Cutest temporary planter ever!

There you have it- a “SOUPer” simple gift idea with a vintage/garden touch. Doesn’t get much cuter (AND functional!) as that! And with a veggie or herb plant, it’s truly the gift that keeps on giving, all summer long- and the mug can be used for any number of uses once the seedling has been replanted in a garden.

Vintage retro soup mug with printed recipe to be repurposed as DIY herb and vegetable planter by Sadie Seasongoods / www.sadieseasongoods.com

The full collection!


And if you can’t find these cute retro soup mugs, check out my Etsy shop– I might just have a few available!

Craft on!


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  1. janet alden says:

    Sarah, I envy and admire your creativity! Love the way you are able to see beyond the ‘obvious’ <3

  2. Good idea, this is one of the reasons I have trouble in thrift shops…I can see potential in everything. The problem is, I have so, so many projects, I can’t focus. ADD anyone?

  3. I remember these! What a great idea…thank you so much for joining us at Party in Your PJs this week…pinned and I will be sharing soon!

  4. What a clever idea and a great gift!

  5. These are just darling! Love those containers 🙂

  6. Great idea, they look so cute.

    Thanks for sharing. Over from Party in your PJ’s


  7. Those are SOUPer cute! lol, sorry I couldn’t resist! I see these all the time at the thrift stores and now that I know something to do with them besides make soup I’ll definitely be picking some up!


  8. I loved these soup mugs growing up! They were the best for eating out of because you go every last drop. I love this repurposing of them too! I am going to have to check out some thrift stores to see if I can find some and do this for some gifts.

  9. I vividly remember having these soup mugs as a kid! Why did they go out of fashion? They’re perfect. We had all these Campbell soup ones with little kids in the pictures. Now I have a new crafty use for them. Thanks for sharing

  10. These are so cute! What a great idea. We used to have some mugs like this, and I wish I still had them. I’m not even sure what I did with them. Such a cute idea and what a unique gift! Thanks for sharing at Inspire Me Wednesday. Featuring you in this week’s issue.

  11. Jann Olson says:

    Souper cute idea! Anyone would love one of these as a sweet gift. Thanks for sharing them with SYC.

  12. These are seriously cute! And it’s perfect for Mother’s Day. We always exchange plants at Mother’s Day!
    Thanks so much for linking up at #Purebloglove link party! The party starts every Thursday night at 8 p.m. est! It runs through the week end. I’m hosting at http://www.homemadefoodjunkie.com. Can’t wait to see what you bring next Thursday. We love your ideas!

  13. These are so cute! I haven’t seen bowls like these before but they are a great gift with your plantlings. Pinning so I can search for these bowls. Thanks for sharing on Merry Monday!

  14. oh mylanta! I LOVE this! Simple and charming! I will be on the look out for mugs now! (my poor hubby!) I’d LOVE, LOVE for you to share this over at Country Fair Blog Party- a month long link up! We’d be thrilled to have you over and share what you are up to!
    Jan @ Tip Garden

  15. Christine B. says:

    I just love this idea. It makes me want to hit up the thrift store AND the garden center!

  16. Hmm! I’ve never seen these types of mugs before — and I was definitely around in the 1970s!! What a clever idea. I’ll have to keep my eyes open when I go to the thrift store now. Thanks so much for sharing on GrandmaIdeas.com Sharing Time link party! I really appreciate your participation.

  17. Awesome idea! Thanks for sharing :). What plant is in the split pea recipe mug?

  18. OH my gosh! I love this idea! 🙂

    Thanks for joining Cooking and Crafting with J & J!

  19. What a really amazing idea. I will be looking out for these in my local pound store. But shouldn’t we drill at least one hole in the base (very carefully), so the plant doesn’t get waterlogged? Thank you Sarah for diverting my eyes. 😉

    • sarahwpb@yahoo.com says:

      If I were planning on keeping them in the mugs, yes- but the intent is to give them as gifts for the recipient to replant in their garden. But maybe I need to make that clearer. 😉 Thank you so much!

  20. These look amazing! My Mum has some of these soup bowls tucked away at the back of her cupboard I might have to pinch them next time I visit 🙂

  21. Hi Sarah! This is such a great idea for repurposing those old mugs! Your creativity is so inspiring. By the way, my daughter’s name is Sarah, but we have always called her Sadie. Not many know that Sadie is a nickname for Sarah :). Thanks for sharing! Susan

    • Sadie Seasongoods says:

      Thank you, Susan! Sadie was my great-grandmother’s name, and I remember looking up “Sarah” in a name book when I was little, and saw that Sadie was a nickname for it. 🙂

  22. reinventedkb says:

    That’s very cute. Great idea for those mugs!
    Thanks for sharing at Funtastic Friday!

  23. Love this gift idea!

  24. acraftymix says:

    Oh no ways Sarah, I have these same soup mugs in my cupboard. What a super idea, I think I’ll be turning ours into permanent planters 😉


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