DIY Clay Pot Candle Holders

Gardeners will love these Christmas candle holders. The main part of the design is made by recycling old terracotta pots.

DIY Clay Pot Candle Holders

Candles have become a part of the Christmas holiday decor so it’s always fun to do another DIY project involving them. (See my easy DIY peppermint candle project here.)

Make Your Own Terracotta Pot Candle Holders

I love to recycle common household items into craft projects.  Clay pots are a really fun item to upcycle.   (See my clay pot love bug candy dish for another cute idea.)

To make these cute candle holders you will need the following supplies:

  • 6 clay pots (4 x 2″ and 2 x 3″)
  • 3 clay saucers (2 x 2″ and 1 x 3″)
  • Unfinished wood cut outs purchased from any large craft store. The ones shown here are a reindeer, candy canes and a Christmas tree, but any design that is the right size will do.
  • small piece of sand paper
  • a star stencil and stencil brush
  • Acrylic paints and paint brush
  • 2 small pillar candles to fit the holders
  • Hot glue gun and glue sticks
  • Clear silicone glue.

Wash your old pots and allow to dry.

Paint the outside of each 2 inch pot green. Paint the 3″ ones in a red color.  The 3″ saucer will also be painted red both outside and inside but the smaller sauces will be painted green n the bottom and sides but red on the top inside area.  Let dry and add another coat if the coverage is not even.

Meanwhile, Sand the edges of your cut outs.  Paint as desired and allow to dry.

Turn one large and two small pots upside down.  Glue the remaining pots on top with clear silicone glue.  Add a small amount of the silicone glue inside the top opening being careful not to get it on the outside, since it cannot be painted.

When completely dry, use your star stencil and stencil brush with gold paint to add stars at random around the outside and rims of the pots.

Attach your wood cut outs to the front of your planters with a hot glue gun, and place the small pillar candles inside the top saucer. Light and enjoy.

This idea is shared from an old issue of Crafting Traditions, which is no longer in print.

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