Upcycled Indoor Cactus Garden


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I’m going to go totally hipster on this post with three things: coffee, conservation, and cactus. Inspired by the One Bag, One Tree campaign that Safeway is running with Starbucks® right now {to learn more, visit conservation.org/onetree}, I made an Upcycled Indoor Cactus Garden. I will tell you more about this campaign and my indoor garden below. But first, my love of coffee.

So as you should know by now, I am a huge coffee drinker. My love of coffee really began when I worked at golf courses while in college. I woke up exceptionally early each morning {by 4 am} to take care of the greens, and I always started my day with at least a cup or two of coffee. Because of this love of coffee, I often receive coffee-related gifts for birthdays and holidays: coffee makers, coffee beans, ground coffee, coffee mugs, etc. Needless to say, I have a few coffee mugs to spare. Normally I donate them when I have too many to fit in the cabinet, but I decided instead to make this Upcycled Indoor Cactus Garden for our home office {which used to be a screened patio, so it has a good indoor-outdoor feel}.


Begin by shopping at your local nursery for some cactus plants. I chose three completely different types of cacti for this indoor garden. There were lots of different colors to select from, but I thought these would look nice in our office.

Select your three coffee mugs. I wanted to choose three matching mugs, but I have so many random mugs, I ended up with two white mugs and one brown mug that actually looks like a flower pot. Fill the bottom of each coffee mug with soil. Carefully place one cactus in each mug. Tip: I wrapped the cacti in tissues so I could easily transfer them without harming myself.

While this would make a fun desktop decoration, I decided to hang the cacti on the wall in a wire basket. I glued cork coasters to the bottom to provide a spot for each mug to rest on, and then I placed the cacti-filled mugs inside the wire basket and hung it on the wall.

My Upcycled Indoor Cactus Garden was complete! Now, time for a cup of Starbucks® Pike Place® Roast. This is my favorite variety!

Remember that campaign I mentioned above? For every bag of Starbucks® 10-12 oz & 20 oz Ground or Whole Bean coffee purchased at participating Albertsons Company stores in the U.S. from May 1st through May 28, Starbucks will donate 70¢ to Conservation International to foster thriving coffee communities. To learn more, visit conservation.org/onetree – Check out the special Starbucks “One Tree One Bag” commitment display in the coffee aisle!

We visited the new Safeway store about 20 minutes from our house, and it was awesome. They had a huge selection of prepared foods, sushi, baked goods, and of course, a nice variety of Starbucks® products down the coffee and tea aisle. Starbucks can – and should – have a positive impact on the communities they serve. One person, one cup, and one neighborhood at a time.

What small steps can you take to help our planet?

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About Richard Wells

Richard Wells is an English teacher, husband, and father of two young children who lives in South Florida.

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