Vintage Candlestick DIY Plant Stand

Vintage Candlestick DIY Plant Stand
Vintage Candlestick DIY Plant Stand
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From the blogger: "We inherited an old brass candlestick from my husband's grandparents. We used it for many years, in an awkward corner, as a decorative candle holder. Then we moved houses. It no longer had a use inside and so it sat gathering dust in the garage. After a few failed attempts to sell it online, I succumbed to the realization that this brass candlestick was meant to stay in the family. One day, I took it outside to the garden and gave it new life."

Estimated CostUnder $10

Time to CompleteUnder an hour

Primary TechniqueGardening



Materials List

  • Large, freestanding candlestick
  • Exterior paint + brush
  • Self-etching primer
  • Decorative bowl
  • Drill with appropriate drill bit
  • Plants (real or artificial)

DIY Project Instructions


  1. Since this candlestick was originally brass, spray with self-etching primer.

  2. Once dry, do a light, dry brush technique with the exterior paint. This will make some of the gray of the self-etching primer to peak through.

  3. You can find a decorative bowl at a local home goods store. In this case, it fit perfectly into the candle holder.

  4. If filling the bowl with real plants, you will need to add drainage holes to the bowl. If the bowl is metal, you can use a metal drill bit.

  5. If desired, paint the bowl the same as the candlestick.

  6. Fill with soil (or landscape rocks) and plants.

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I am really loving this candlestick plant stand in the garden. It looks stunning and will problary keep ants and slugs from crawling all over them. I really love the succulents in them too. This is a great way to upcycle old candlestick holders. I need to find some at the thrift store. Great project idea.

I have frequently used candle holders in creating planters but never thought of the self-etching primer and its effect -- wonderful idea that will have effects in future projects

This is an adorable idea. At times because we are so involved decorating on the inside of the home, we tend to forget the outside. This would add curb appeal even to a flower pot that could be set by the door.

The idea to use your candlestick outside was a novel idea, to say the least. I would have never thought just by looking at it that its former life was that of a candlestick. The project turned out well and I know your family will get years of enjoyment when they see it in the garden.

Anything up cycled is a winner! Has anyone else tried this? I am wondering if an alternate for the bowl would work, like a square shape for a different look. I could see where the proportion of the height of the candlestick to the depth of the bowl would need to be taken into consideration so that it would not be too top heavy. A great and practical idea! Thanks for sharing!

What a unique idea! I love the homey vintage vibe that this would add to any garden.


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