Transform an Empty Candle Holder into a Lovely Planter
Kristin from the HUNTED INTERIOR sees potential in a beautiful candle holder. Learn how a little hot water, Mr. Clean and fresh thinking transformed her holder into a lovely little planter.
Kristin has a slight obsession with candles; she loves them not only for their fragrance, but also for their beautiful holders. She'll always choose the glass jar over the little metal tin. Why? Because the jar can be reused - a gorgeous pencil holder, a great cup for displaying straws, or in this case, a lovely little planter.
When it comes to candles, the first step is always going to be removing the wax. After her candle has melted down and the little bit of remaining wax hardens, Kristin takes a knife and scores out the bottom of the wax down to the base of the holder. She then fills up the vessel with hot water and lets it sit for a few minutes. The remaining wax and wick will magically float right to the top!
She soaks the now candle-free container in Mr. Clean with Febreze®
and warm water. Because the Mr. Clean
is super concentrated, she finds that it does most of the work for her. A thorough drying with some super absorbent Bounty
paper towels and she is ready to start planting.
Because most former candle holders have no holes in them, she recommends using a small layer of rocks in the bottom for drainage. This will keep your soil from sitting directly in any water. Luckily, Kristin had some extra rocks lying around as her daughter likes to collect them from outside. Otherwise, she would just pick up a bag of gravel at The Home Depot
Next, she layered in her soil and added her favorite succulents. She likes using cactus soil as it maintains a better moisture level for her little lovelies.
As much as Kristin adores succulents, they aren't quite as fragrant as flowers. To bring a fresh scent to match her new fresh accessory, she spritzed the room with Febreze®
. The two together were a lovely combination.
These little planters add a feeling of spring to any interior and require very little maintenance. She actually has her best luck when she forgets about them, and then lightly waters them when she thinks to herself "Oh, the succulents!" It's not scientific by any means, but it works for her!