If you are a mother and a blogger, then the chances you’ve not heard of the talented Mad Momma are bleak; her home is a visual retreat. Pictures of her home and garden , replete with casual references to recycling and gardening tips, have been a great inspiration for me. Thanks to her, the number of potted plants in my balcony grew from one to ten within a month bringing a lot of cheer, happy memories (watering with my son daily), and greenery into our lives.

I wanted to showcase how everyday objects can be used as planters and I knew MM had creatively used a zillion such things in her backyard. She was kind enough to share pictures of six planters from her indoor garden. Most of the containers have been reused as planters as they were originally intended for something else. I present to you her best picks..

Formerly, a toffee basket
A big coffee cup with saucer
A big coffee cup with saucer
Teapot with broken lid put to good use
Teapot with broken lid put to good use

A brass basket giften by someone 5 years ago
A brass basket gifted by someone 5 years ago
Shell bought at Kovalam - planted with Cacti
Shell bought at Kovalam - planted with Cacti
A frog planter bought on the roadside
A frog planter bought on the roadside

She has used the bottom half of a Bisleri bottle inside the cup, tea pot and basket as a lining layer to hold the potting sand.

So, think twice before dumping that old coffee mug or a flower basket into the bin. A handful of potting soil, a fern/money plant, and a few minutes of your time is all that it will take. And just imagine the huge impact it will bring to your living room!

Image and Text Credits – The Mad Momma


  1. hi !!!!

    Loved your blog….Its beautiful and very very informative….
    please do visit mine at

    btw, congratulations for being selected as one of the best indian interior design blogs by blogadda. my blog is also listed and that is how i got to know about yours.


  2. laksh

    Thanks Vasudha. I discovered yours through blogadda too. Quite an interesting blog and loved the pictures of your home.

  3. laksh

    Thanks Rekha. The problem with the pictures is fixed now :)

  4. This post is a walk-through for all the information you wanted but didn’t know who to ask. Thanks for the great post.

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