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Repurposed Candle Holder Garden Art Flowers

Quick & Easy DIY Garden Art Flowers

There are so many reasons to make garden art flowers.

Maybe you have a shade garden that doesn’t see a  lot of blooms.

Maybe you have a lot of perennials, and sometimes your gardens are in between bloom times.

Or maybe, you have a small garden on a deck or patio that just needs that little extra something.

Whatever the reason, I never tire of creating different versions of flowers made out of the repurposed things that I find at my local thrift stores.

These flowers are very quick and easy to make.

wrought iron candle holder and jello molds for diy garden art flowers

All you need is any multi-stemmed candle holder, some flower shaped jello molds, and some Marine Goop adhesive.

E6000 glue would work too.

Candle holders come in infinite sizes and designs and this project would work with many of them I think.


close up of wrought iron candle holder

I found this $2 wrought iron candle holder last week and knew exactly what it was meant to be as soon as I saw it.

The leaves were a giant sized clue to its destiny so it didn’t really take too much imagination on my part.


marine goop adhesive and pink jello molds for diy garden flowers

And I’ve had these pink plastic jello molds in my stash for years.  I really loved the shape of them so I had to bring them home from the thrift store.

I don’t remember how much I paid for them, but knowing me it was probably $1 for the set.

They’ll make perfect garden art flowers.

They’ve been waiting a long time for a project just like this one.


four pink flower shaped jello molds

Don’t they already look like flowers?

I’m assuming they’re jello molds, but I’m not 100 per cent sure about that.


Spray Painting to Create the Flowers


spray painting wrought iron candle holder green

I spray painted the candle holder a pretty green.

I always do 2 or 3 light coats, depending on the item.


spray painting plastic jello molds hot pink

Because these light pink jello molds are translucent, I only had to spray the outsides.


Assembling my Jello Mold Flowers

applying marine goop adhesive to bottom of spray painted jello mold

Once the paint was dry I applied some Marine Goop adhesive to the outside rims on the bottom of the jello molds.

As I mentioned earlier E6000 glue would work too.


broken stem from repurposed candle holder


Before I added the flowers to the candle holder I wanted to bend the stems a bit because I didn’t want the flowers so close together.

The shortest stem wasn’t very flexible and it broke right off at the bottom. I guess I don’t know my own strength. lol.

At first I was a little upset, but then I realized that I always plant real flowers in threes, fives, or sevens… so this actually looks better I think.

Would I have done it on purpose?

Probably not.

Do I think it was a happy accident?



gluing jello molds onto candleholder and holding with tape until glue is firm

After I placed my three flowers on the candle holders I taped them in place so they wouldn’t move while the glue cured.

I left them like this for a good 24 hours.


Supplies for Repurposed Candle Holder Garden Art Flowers

– multi-stemmed candle holder
– jello molds
– Marine Goop adhesive or E6000 glue
– spray paint
– painter’s tape


diy repurposed garden art flowers made from candle holder and jello molds

When I put them in the garden I buried the base so the flowers look like they’re coming right out of the ground.


diy repurposed candle holder and jello mold garden art flowers

You can see how that bright pink that I spray painted on the outsides of the jello molds shines right through.

This pink is so bright and cheerful.

It’s the same pink that I used on one of my repurposed garden trowel flowers.


diy repurposed garden art flowers made from candleholder and jello molds

When doing some evening or night time entertaining these would look pretty with some battery operated tea lights tucked in the flowers.

Just don’t forget to remove them if there’s rain coming.


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  1. So cute!! I believe your flowers molds are really little serving dishes,for desserts ,like ice cream pudding etc. These are charming.

    1. Thanks Charleen! I guess that makes sense that they’re little dessert bowls. Wouldn’t hold enough for me though. lol.

  2. Laura Crumm says:

    I absolutely LOVE this idea! Now if I can just find the ‘flowers’.

  3. Yep! That’s what those little dishes are! But I like them much better as flowers! Ooooooh, and with tea lights? Absolutely fantastic! Another winner, girl!!

    1. Thanks very much Dona! Not sure why I thought they were jello molds, but it’s nice to know what they are. πŸ™‚

  4. Adorable Tuula! I always love your unique garden art flowers! pinned!


  5. I have a bunch of these little plastic cups and didn’t know what to do with them, thanks again Tuula for your wonderful imagination!

  6. Really creative and USEFUL idea! Dole makes these little plastic fruit cups they sell in sets of 4. Wonder if they would work as flowers? Not as cute as yours but easier to find? Was yours glass or plastic molds? Maybe use the Qui yogurt glass for flowers? Just love this idea!!! Thanks!

    1. Thanks Bonnie! My dessert cups were plastic. Not sure what those Dole fruit cups look like, but it’s probably worth a try.

  7. Love it. What brand and color spray paint did you use?

    1. Thanks Miriam! I always use either Rustoleum or Krylon. They both make paint and primer combos. You can find them in matte or gloss finishes, and lots of colors too. For this project I used Rustoleum Meadow Green 2X spray paint. I hope that helps.