Some people plant vegetable gardens. Others might invest in a spot of landscaping. I like to make hanging DIY terrariums out of candle holders. Just add succulents that have been spray-painted hot pink, plop them in neon gravel, and paint them a turquoise chevron home.
Up-Cycled Planter Ideas – Candle Holders and Beyond
I’m all about the air plants and succulents. Who isn’t? I love a cute DIY planter just as much as the plants themselves. Almost anything can become a planter, even a hanging candle holder. A few of my other favorites include…
- DIY Cake Stand Terrarium
- Mini Greenhouse Made From Picture Frames
- Vintage Bar Caddy Turned Table Top Planter
- Colorful Paint Can Terrariums
- Lovebirds Birdcage Hanging Basket
If it will sit still long enough there is a really good chance that it will end up with a plant in it around my house. I don’t even use candles so this hanging candle holder was destined for another life.
Supplies for Making a DIY Terrarium Out of a Candle Holder
- Hanging Candle Holder (mine came from World Market)
- Gallery Glass Paint
- Paint Brush
- Chevron Shape Tape
Prepping The Candle Holder To Become a Planter
The first thing I needed to do was remove the small tray inside the glass hanger where the candle would have been. I used pliers and wire clippers to remove and discard the tray.
Seal the Planter
The glass candle holder was not sealed, so I knew that water would leak out. I thought I might hang my terrarium inside, so I needed to fix this problem. I used a clear glue on the inside and outside seams of the terrarium.
Allow this to dry overnight. (If you want to hang your planter outside, skip this step.)
Prepare for Painting Pattern
Next, using Shape Tape (which comes in several different patterns for painting your walls), I wrapped my terrarium entirely. Feel free to create your own stencils or free hand a pattern.
Paint Planter With Gallery Glass
When all the tape was in place, I used several coats of Gallery Glass paint. Gallery Glass will dry transparent, so it’s perfect for glass. If you prefer an opaque design, most craft paint will work on glass. I applied my Gallery Glass with a sponge brush, allowing for drying time in between coats.
Once the Gallery Glass was dry, I removed my Shape Tape. I must admit that I had to use an Exacto knife to cut the paint away from the tape. I think this was because I did not allow for enough “curing time.” Sometimes reading the manufacturer’s instructions pays off. Who knew?
Add Your Plant
Next, I needed to choose the right plant. I knew I wanted to stick with my air plant or succulent theme. When I rolled up to my local Wally World and spied their amazing painted plants, I knew this was the one. For the record, they have teal and gold, too. Yes, they are alive. Yes, it is slightly weird to paint plants. Yes, they are STILL alive.
I filled the bottom half of my new terrarium with a mixture of cactus potting soil and neon yellow aquarium gravel. I popped my hot pink plant in and watered well (not a single leak).
Almost anything can become a planter if you really want it to. Including candle holders. Before you go here are a few more ideas to get you inspired!
- Cardboard Craft Letters Turned Boho Plant Stand
- Plastic Bottle Hanging Bunny Planters
- Hanging Basket Planters From Jumbo Easter Eggs
- 10 Not So Typical Terrariums
- Cinderblock Umbrella Weight Planter