Outdoor Christmas Candle Planter

How to make an outdoor Christmas candle planter for porches and entryways.

Yesterday – we woke up to a surprise here in Pennsylvania – it was snowing – not just a dusting, but a few inches.  When I looked out my front door it reminded me of this Christmas card.  Everything was white, a bit grey, and glistening.


It got me to thinking – perfect photo-op for one of the projects I had planned on posting over the next few weeks.

I could not let the scene pass me by, so I got out of my pj’s and got all bundled up to go outside in the snow and cold to transform the empty planter on my front step into something a bit more festive for the season – a Christmas candle planter.

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Nothing is prettier than candles in the snow.

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I simply stuck a glass hurricane I had picked up at the thrift store for $1.90 and a candle on top of the dirt that was still in the planter.

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I then cut a few sprigs of boxwood from my yard and poked them into the dirt and snow.  To make it even easier to create – place a wreath over the hurricane instead of taking the time to cut boxwood or pine.


No power tools or DIY skills needed.  It took me about 10 minutes. The only thing I will remember next time – wear gloves with the finger tips cut off.   Easier when working on detailed things out in the freezing cold.

I am a big fan of using candles especially around the holidays – all types and lots of them.  I have posted about a few of them – my favorite are Kosta Boda snowballs that I line up on my window sill every Christmas.  You can read about them here – My Favorite Christmas Decoration

Last year I used green candles that I bought at the Pottery Barn outlet. They look beautiful with a mirror that I made over and silver accents.  Do you use candles to decorate your house for the holidays?  What colors and types do you use?

Looking for more festive ideas? Don’t miss seeing all my holiday decorating ideas.


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  1. Rosemary Ford says:

    I have hurricane lamps for this project but was wondering if the glass would break during the winter months. They would be left in an urn on a covered porch.

  2. Marianne@Songbird says:

    Lovely idea and well worth the frozen fingers.
    Merry Christmas to you and your family!

  3. Organized Living Essentials says:

    What a simple and delightful idea! I am so inspired and so love your blog. Keep up the great work!

  4. Stephanie@cre8tive says:

    Love the simplicity of what you did, but also the big impact it gives!

  5. What a great idea! I have the exact same hurricane plus a red candle to fit. Thanks for the inspirations!

  6. LOVE! I am so going to do this in my planters…but it makes me wonder whether or not the hurricane glass can handle the cold temperate…do you worry if it will break?

  7. I love using candles year round! I love the ambiance they give. I really like scented ones (as long as they smell good, duh!) but I just like the light sometimes too.

  8. I love this idea! You have a unique blog and I love you inspiring ideas. Thank You!!

  9. What a great idea, Diane! Love it! :)

    xoxo laurie

  10. Katharine from Kat's Almost Purrfect World says:

    During Christmas I used red pillars with wreaths. Long white tapers with little candle rings from Sweden and Arts and Crafts stores. Then I used small white candles, that are made to use on Angel Chimes. I used them on little red ornaments from my Mormor (Mother’s mom in Swedish). I need to take pictures to share. Your picture makes me almost wish I had snow. Your simple arrangement is so pretty.

  11. Diane that is SO PRETTY and simple, I love it! I might have to do that with an urn I have.
    I saw something else that I plan on doing to if I get around to it. You use half gallon pickle jars or gallon ones which I have several of. They tied some pretty white lace around the top edge and put some hay string around it and tied it. Then a little white sand with a candle in the bottom of it. So simple but yet so pretty! I think they used votive candles in theirs. LOVE yours!!!

  12. Linda Southworth says:

    Nice! I love candles too and try to work them in where I can. I like this outdoor option. I am looking forward to more of your Christmas decorating ideas. I agree with the post from Michelle who is new to the blog. I have gone through everything too and just so appreciate all the ideas that are not over the top expensive or complicated.

  13. I love candles all the time but most especially during the holidays. I tend to favor deep green and rich reds but not “Christmassy” red and green. I think my favorite scent of all time is Balsam Fir from Yankee Candle. It smells like Christmas to me! I love your idea of using the hurricane, candle and a wreath in the planter. I have a large planter in which I grow lavender. Now that the growing season is long over, I am thinking that your idea will look fabulous on my porch. Thanks for another great idea!!

  14. I just discovered your site yesterday and I can’t stop reading it. I became an instant fan! Your blog is the most practical and inspiring DIY website I’ve ever read; everything looks doable and affordable. I can’t wait to get started on a few of these projects. Thanks so much for taking the time to share your projects and tips!