DIY Springtime Ceramic Pot Candles

March 5, 2016

Get ready to celebrate the return of spring with these easy and adorable DIY Springtime Ceramic Pot Candles, decorated and poured by you!

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DIY Springtime Ceramic Pot Candles

The more I think about Easter and spring’s arrival, the more I get excited about spending time outdoors.  It was warm enough last weekend that we spent the majority of our time outside.  While my husband was working on our new boat (yay!), I was cleaning up leaves and pulling out dead stuff from the garden. Cleaning up my pots and garden boxes got me really excited for our garden again.  I can’t wait to plant flowers and have fresh fruit and vegetables growing in our yard again.

I also started taking a look at the pots I have stored in the basement.  So many of them are ready to get new plants.  I also have several small white ceramic pots that I like to use for DIY projects.  I decided to take a few to draw springtime designs on and use, in the meantime, as cute, springtime candles.  Then, after the candles are done burning, I can use the pots to plant small plants in. 

DIY Bumblebee Ceramic Pot Candle

I used acrylic paint and a fine-tipped black paint pen to draw bumblebees on one pot.  To make bumblebees, paint small, yellow ovals around the pot.  Then, add stripes, a head, and antennae to the bees.  To make it look like they’re zipping around, draw dashes behind the bees.

DIY Flower Ceramic Pot Candle

I used medium paint markers to make my flower pattern.  I draw orange dots around the pot, then made petals by making short strokes around the circle.  So simple!

DIY Ladybug Ceramic Pot Candle

Draw upside-down hearts with red marker to start your ladybugs.  Then, use a fine-tipped black paint pen to add a head, spots, and antennae to the ladybugs.


  • White ceramic pots
  • Soy candle wax
  • Candle pouring pot, or microwaveable measuring cup
  • Bamboo skewers
  • Candle scent
  • Small candle wicks
  • Glue dots
  • Paint pens, or acrylic paint


  1. Draw springtime designs with paint and paint pens.  Allow paint to dry completely.
  2. Use a glue dot to secure candle wicks to the bottom of each ceramic pot.
  3. Measure a generous 1/4 cup of candle wax into a glass measuring cup.  Melt the wax in the microwave for 60 seconds, then 30 second intervals until wax is completely melted.  If using a double boiler, measure candle wax and pour into your candle pouring pot.  Heat wax until it’s completely melted.
  4. Add candle scent (start with 10 drops at a time until desired fragrance strength is reached) to wax.  Mix thoroughly with a bamboo skewer.  Pour melted wax into ceramic pot. 
  5. Continue melting wax until all pots are filled.
  6. Use a bamboo skewer to hold wick up in the center of the candle.
  7. Allow wax to harden at room temperature or in the refrigerator.

DIY Springtime Ceramic Pot Candle

When I started making these candles, it slipped my mind that I didn’t have a microwave to melt my wax in anymore.  So I went out and bought a candle pouring pot.  I found that using the double boiler method to melt my wax was a lot faster and easier than the microwave!

If you want your candles to be colorful, you can melt wax color chips into the soy wax.  Then, add fragrance and pour the wax each your ceramic pot.  I definitely suggest adding bright, fruity scents to your candles.  I made each of my candles a different springtime scent – jelly bean, carrot cake, and lemon squares.  They smell SO good!

How would you decorate your ceramic pot candles?


  • Reply Beverly Campbell May 12, 2017 at 1:26 PM

    How do you seal the hole of the pot bottom? Maybe your pots don’t have holes. I have several clay pots and would love to paint them….so cute. Any ideas?

    • Reply Jessica May 12, 2017 at 3:22 PM

      Thanks! The hole in the bottom of the pots are for drainage. You shouldn’t seal them. If you have pots that don’t have holes (like the ones I used for this project), add a layer of rocks to the bottom for drainage. You can still do this step for pots with drainage holes. Just use bigger rocks so they don’t fall through.

  • Reply Lyn May 7, 2018 at 5:45 AM

    I have made some small pottery containers which I have bisque fired but would like to know whether I can use ordinary house hold paint to paint them then pour wax to make a candle burner?

    • Reply Jessica May 7, 2018 at 2:20 PM

      The only type of paint I would recommend is a heat resistant paint used on the outside of the container only. Since you would be making a candle out of your container, I wouldn’t recommend using an ordinary household paint that could potentially become a fire safety hazard.

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