DIY Outdoor Planter Candle Holder


Easy DIY outdoor planter with candle holder.

This easy DIY outdoor planter candle holder adds a pretty touch and a night-time glow to your summer patio or porch. It could even be used as a vase to display your beautiful cut summer flowers!


Seasonal Simplicity Summer Series

Are you getting excited for summer? If you’re starting to look for some fun ideas to do this year, look no further! Today, I’m joining Krista from The Happy Housie for her seasonal simplicity summer series. We’ll be sharing tons of awesome summer ideas with you over the next few weeks – from summer decor ideas, to delicious drinks to keep you cool, to free fun summer printables. Everything you need for the perfect summer at home! We’re kicking things off today with 17 easy summer DIY projects and craft ideas for you. Enjoy!


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DIY Outdoor Planter Candle Holder

I still have a lot of work to do on our back patio and I need to buy a lot more flowers, but I did get one project done! This simple DIY outdoor planter candle holder adds such a pretty touch to the patio and could be created in any planter that you already have. Add your favorite flowers and you’ll have the perfect accessory for your summer decor.

One of my favorite things to do in the summer is to out on the patio at night, so I love adding various lights and candles to the space for a pretty summer glow. I use these battery-operated outdoor candles for all of our lanterns and other outdoor decor. They come with a timer so all you have to do is set the “on” time the first time you use them and they will continue to come on at that time every night for 5 hours. Here it is all lit up at dusk…

Due to the limited shopping options right now, I wasn’t really able to purchase any new supplies for this project and just made do with items that I already had. If I was starting this project from scratch, there are a few things that I would have done differently, so I’ll list both options in the materials and instructions. It’s always good to have choices, right?


  • 2 pots. You want a minimum 6 inch difference between the pots {i.e. a 10 and 4 inch pot} and possibly larger depending on what flowers you want to plant. If you have a closed bottom hurricane lamp you can even skip the second pot {still stick with the minimum 6 inch difference though between the pot and the hurricane lamp base}.
  • glass hurricane lamp {or this one}. Michaels also has lots of options for these. If you will be placing this planter where it will be exposed to rain, you ideally want one with an open bottom so the rain water can pass through. I only had one with a closed bottom so I used that one for my project. As a bonus, this could also be used as a flower vase instead of the candle holder.
  • flowers. I planted white petunias and white trailing bacopa . You can use whatever you would like, but just make sure you leave enough room for whatever you’re planting.
  • outdoor candle. Look for one with a timer option so you don’t have to remember to turn it on and off all the time.
  • small rocks/pea gravel.
  • potting soil.


  • Take the bigger pot and fill the bottom up with a few inches of soil. Place the smaller pot in the middle of the larger pot. You want the rim of the smaller pot to be just below the rim of the larger pot. Adjust the soil level in the larger pot as needed to get the correct height.
  • Fill the smaller pot with pea gravel. This allows any rain water that comes down the hurricane lamp to drain and provides a stable base for your candle. If you have a closed bottom hurricane lamp, you don’t have to do this step, but you will need to place the hurricane lamp in your planter before adding the flowers.
  • Continue to fill up the larger pot with soil and plant your flowers around the outer ring. Be sure to loosen up the roots of your flowers a bit before planting so they will form a strong foundation.
  • Add your candle and hurricane lamp to the pot and you’re done! I prefer to use a battery-operated outdoor candle for our outdoor candles so I don’t have to worry about any open flames. Look for ones with an automatic timer so you don’t have to keep turning it on and off every night.


There are lots of ways that you can customize this flower pot candle holder. Change up the planter container, paint terra cotta pots, choose different flowers, add some pretty stones to the bottom of the hurricane lamp – whatever you would like! I think this would be really pretty as a larger version too or with twinkle lights added!

More Summer DIY Projects and Crafts

Today I’m joined by some of my blogging friends who are also sharing their Summer DIY/Craft ideas! Just click the links below the images to be taken to their post…

How to Seed a New Lawn from Scratch at The Happy Housie
DIY Palm Leaf Shadow Art Box (PB Knockoff) at Craftberry Bush
How to Make an Outdoor Pallet Tabletop at My Sweet Savannah
DIY Outdoor Planter with Candle at Clean & Scentsible
DIY Hanging Patio Garden at Tatertots and Jello

Colorful DIY Outdoor Candle Holders at The Handmade Home
DIY Painted Coasters at My 100 Year Old Home
Outdoor Tabletop Herb Garden at Inspiration for Moms
DIY Modern Sun Art at Cassie Bustamante

Easy DIY Shell Candles at Finding Silver Pennies
DIY Beaded Garden Markers at Zevy Joy
Easy DIY Macrame and Driftwood Wall Hanging at Dans Le Lake House
DIY Printed Fern Art at Satori Design for Living

DIY Criss Cross Outdoor Planters at She Gave it a Go
Coastal Coaster DIY at Rambling Renovators
Stamped Spoon Garden Markers at Life is a Party
Summer Porch Updates at Taryn Whiteaker Designs

More Summer Ideas

For more summer ideas, check out these posts…

Simple Summer Entertaining Ideas

Classic Summer Front Porch Decor

Summer Kitchen Decor Ideas


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