Candlelit Planter Project

Jill Staake

If you live in a warmer climate, this planter project can be a great holiday gift for a fellow gardener in your life. Although poinsettias might seem like the logical choice, I wanted to accent blues and silvers instead, so I chose blue lobelia and white alyssum, and embellished the candleholders with blue and silver sparkly snowflakes. You could even use a longer planter box and create a non-traditional menorah – the possibilities are endless!


What You Need:

  • Windowbox planter planted with your choice of plants
  • 5 glass votive candleholders and candles
  • Decorations for candleholders if desired (I used adhesive sparkly snowflakes from the scrapbooking section of the craft store)
  • 5 plant props – 18″
  • Glue gun
  • Wire cutters

What to Do:

  • Begin by removing the paper tags from the plant props. If sticky residue remains, wipe it off with rubbing alcohol.
  • Using wire cutters, trim the plant props to the appropriate length to hold your candles at the heights you desire.
    • My center candle is 15″, with the next two 13″, and the outside candles 11″ tall.
    • These heights will vary depending on the plants you use – keep the candles high enough that any heat produced won’t harm the plants.
  • Adjust the loop of the plant prop so it will hold the candle as level as possible.
  • Turn the candleholders upside-down and apply a thick layer of hot glue to the bottom. Press the loop of the plant prop into the glue and allow to dry and cool completely.
  • Add any embellishments you like to the candleholders.
  • Push the plant props holding the candles into place in the planter’s soil.

I added a little extra “sparkle” with some crystal bead decorations I had on hand. Remember to be cautious when the candles are lit; check to be sure the plants aren’t becoming wilty from the heat, and take all necessary fire precautions. You can avoid these concerns by substituting battery-powered tealights instead, if you like. Happy decorating!

  1. Barb says

    …. and when the glue heats up under the candle holders, they fall over and catch everything on fire. :/ I would strongly suggest you use the battery operated tea lights.

  2. Diane says

    Or, you could use “Goop” glue, and it won’t melt, if you like the true candles…or use a wire that encompasses the whole glass that you don’t have to glue.

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