Mini Planter: Candle Upcycle DIY

I love candles, but I hate the waste that comes when once is finished. Yes, the glass jar can be recycled, but is it actually recycled once thrown into the blue bin? I’ve been repurposing my old candle vessels into drinking glasses, but our cupboards are getting full and the husband is getting grumpy, so I needed to get a little more creative.

There are so many cute candle jars out there, and you don’t need to do it just with a glass jar; tins can look hella cute, too! All of my candles are bought from Farmer’s Son Co, mainly in their glass vessels. My absolute favourite is the Grasslands scent that smells like a fresh cut lawn fell into a meadow. Divine.

What you will need:
An empty candle jar
Pea gravel
Soil
Plant

Take your empty candle jar and put it in the freezer for a few hours. Usually, I put them in there and then forget about them for days. But, you do whatever feels right. Once frozen, you can pop out the remnants of the candle with a butter knife. Don’t cut yourself; it may surprise you, but I’ve cut myself many a time with a butter knife and a bread knife…

Wash out your jar; this means one or two trips through the dishwasher or a good scrubbing in the sink. Wax is a fucking pain in the ass.

Once clean, add some pea gravel to the bottom. If you like the full rocky look, fill it up halfway.

Make a mini planter from an old candle jar | Luxuriously Thrifty

Add some soil.

Plop in your plant, adding a bit of soil around the plant. It may be a bit of a pain to get the soil in around the plant, so fill the soil nearly to the top. Then, make a little well, pushing the soil up and around the jar. Push your plant into the well and gently tap down. Sprinkle some pea gravel on top for a cute look.

Make a mini planter from an old candle jar | Luxuriously Thrifty

Enjoy!

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5 thoughts on “Mini Planter: Candle Upcycle DIY

    • Thanks! It’s a simple and fun way to get started in gardening and plant care. Even though the greenhouses are insane right now, I’m so excited to see so many people into gardening now!

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