How to Make an Easy Vintage Candlestick Plant Stand

INSIDE: How to use a vintage brass candlestick and turn it into a freestanding plant stand for the garden.

Turn a vintage candlestick into a freestanding candlestick plant stand for the garden | DazzleWhileFrazzled.comWe inherited a brass candlestick from my husband’s grandparents and I used it for many years in the corner of my dining room as a pillar candle holder. It was an interesting piece that filled an awkward corner.

Then we moved and I had nowhere to put it. I even attempted to sell it online yet had no takers.


I finally succumbed to the idea that this old candlestick was meant to stay in the family! Of course, I had no idea what to do with it and so it sat, collecting dust. Waiting for some brilliant “aha!” moment…
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Vintage candlestick plant stand

After no longer wanting to use it as a candle holder, this vintage piece sat in the garage with the other household items we wanted to unload. So sad it looked. I was utterly idea-less with what to do with it. And then I got my “aha!” moment.

I carted this candlestick out to our front yard and placed it within the garden. Giving it some love and a 21st century update, this vintage candlestick finally had a purpose.

3 items to create a candlestick plant stand

This garden project calls for just three items, in addition to your candlestick!
– Decorative bowl
Self-Etching Primer
– Paint and brush
Turn a candlestick into a garden plant stand
Step #1: I gave both the decorative metal bowl I picked up at a home goods store as well as the candlestick a quick spray with the self-etching primer.

Self-etching primer is one of my favorite DIY tools. It’s awesome for getting paint to adhere to an item, such as this brass candlestick, to avoid sanding!

Step #2: Once dry, I applied a quick coat of paint to both. I intentionally wanted the gray color of the self-etching primer to peak through.
Turn a vintage candlestick into a freestanding candlestick plant stand for the garden | DazzleWhileFrazzled.com
Step #3: Place the candlestick in the garden, or near your front door. Fill the bowl with plants or flowers.
Friendly Tip: Be sure to drill holes in the decorative bowl to allow for drainage.

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49 thoughts on “How to Make an Easy Vintage Candlestick Plant Stand

  1. Celeste says:

    This is super cute, and I love the colors you picked out. What a great way to repurpose an old candlestick. I’d never thought to use it for a plant stand!

  2. Marigene says:

    Glad that you kept the candlestick, it makes a gorgeous planter. Hope you have some drainage holes so that the first rain doesn’t drown the succulents.
    Have a great week!

    • DazzleWhileFrazzled says:

      Hi, thanks for stopping by. I did not glue the bowl. It’s simply sitting on top of the candlestick in the groove where you’d place a candle typically. If you do glue, you’d have to use some heavy duty outdoor glue. I’d consult a hardware store.

  3. Sheri says:

    How fun to come up with an attractive garden decoration from an unwanted item! I was glad to learn about etching primer too. Thanks for linking up with Funtastic Friday!

  4. Lacie Ring says:

    Hey co-host! I love succulents and I especially love them planted in out of the ordinary planters! This candlestick idea is just way to cute! Pinning! #funtasticfriday

  5. Katrin says:

    I love it when that happens to me, the “aha” moment! It looks lovely in the garden and the succulents are a perfect filler! It’s also so nice that you were able to find a use for it and keep it in the family!! I’d love for you to come and share this at our Sweet Inspiration Party going live this afternoon!!

  6. Carol ("Mimi") says:

    This is a really cute idea to re-use a decorative item that no longer fits into your décor. Great idea to use it outdoors.! Thanks for the tip about the self-etching primer. I did not know about it, and it sounds like it would be very useful for lots of projects.

  7. Quirky Homemaker says:

    What a great way to recycle the candlestick. I’ll have to see if I can find the Self-etching primer for some of my projects. Stopping by from Wonderful Wednesday. Happy Spring & Many Blessings to you.

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