candle jar reused as succulent planter

Upcycle Your Candle Jars Into Succulent Planters

One of the best things about glass is that it is infinitely recyclable as well as—in this DIY-er's opinion, anywayinfinitely upcyclable. 

"Upcycling, also known as creative reuse, is the process of transforming by-products, waste materials, useless, or unwanted products into new materials or products of better quality and environmental value." —  Our mighty overlord, Wikipedia

The possibilities are endless when it comes to repurposing your glass candle jars. For now, we're going to focus on one of our favorite ways to DIY our jars and teach you how to make upcycled succulent planters. They're super adorable and also incredibly easy to make.


  • clean glass jar

  • small succulent or cactus (ours came from Succulent Source)

  • potting soil

  • small pebbles, gravel, or marbles

candle jar, potting soil, pebbles, and succulent craft


  1. Fill the bottom of the jar with small pebbles or gravel to help keep your succulent drained.

  2. Fill up the rest of the jar to the rim with your potting soil. Succulent and cactus mixes work best.

  3. Carefully plant your succulent (if potting a cactus, we'd recommend wearing gardening gloves) and cover the base with potting soil.

candle jar reused as succulent planter

And in just three easy steps, you have yourself a cute new deskmate! But please note, we specialize in candles, not plants. To ensure a long and healthy life for your succulent friend, follow its care instructions and consider repotting it if it doesn't seem to be thriving in your jar. 

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