Repurposed Candle Snuffers into Garden Flowers

Making garden flowers from repurposed candle snuffers

I’m a gal who loves to make flowers out of whatever I can think of, and these repurposed candle snuffer flowers are super cute and very easy to create.

How to create DIY garden art flowers from repurposed candle snufflers

They sort of remind me of sweet little bellflowers, and there’s a little surprise inside them to make that even more true.

metal candle snuffers to be repurposed into garden project 1

I’ve been collecting vintage metal candle snuffers for quite a while now. I see them at thrift stores from anywhere from 25 cents to one dollar.

A few years ago I created these candle snuffer and jello mold flowers with the kind that have removeable snuffers. The ones I’m repurposing today are not removeable.

Supplies needed for these candle snuffer flowers

  • spray paints
  • metal candle snuffers
  • sanding block
  • small metal bells
  • E6000 glue
  • green Sharpie oil paint pen

sanding candle snufflers with sanding block

The first thing to do is to give the snuffers a light sanding with a sanding block. This is just to get any coating off so the spray paint will adhere nicely.

pink green yellow and shimmer spray paints

Here are the spray paints I’m using for my repurposed candle snuffer flowers.

spray painting insides of metal candle snuffers

I took them outside and spray painted the insides berry pink. Then I let them dry for about an hour.

spray painting candle snuffers pink and handles green

I spray painted the outside of the candle snuffers with that same berry pink, let them dry, and then I spray painted the stems meadow green. Two light coats of each. Then I turned them over and did the same to the other side.

TIP: Instead of taping off the snuffer sections when I painted the stems, I used pieces of cardboard from a cereal box. I held the cardboard to cover the snuffer and spray painted the stem. It was a lot less work than taping around all the snuffers would have been.

painting pink candle snuffers with hot pink shimmer spray paint

Before I brought my candle snuffer flowers inside to finish them, I spray painted the outsides of the snuffers with the pink shimmer paint. It just adds a little extra something and one light coat was enough

TIP: Make sure to shake all spray paints well before spraying on your items. I always test a bit on my piece of cardboard to make sure the paint is coming out nicely. If it’s not shaken enough you’ll get a more translucent coverage, and that’s not what you want.

small metal bells to be used inside candle snuffer flowers

And then for the little surprise inside the candle snuffer flowers, I went into my Christmas stash of bells, and found these little 1/2″ cuties.

painting small metal bells yellow

I spray painted them with a two light coats of sun yellow .

E6000 glue and Green oil paint pen

To add the finishing touches to my repurposed candle snuffer flowers I’m using some E6000 glue and a green Sharpie oil paint pen. These paint pens are one of my favorite things. You can do so many things with them. Like giving these cute vintage flower plaques a makeover.

gluing spray painted yellow bells inside candle snuffers

By putting a generous dollop of the E6000 glue onto the bottom of the bells, you can easily pop them down in place inside the candle snuffers. I tried adding glue inside the candle snuffer first, but that was a bit of a mess.

applying petals to candle snuffers with green oil paint pen

To add a little bit more fun to these candle snuffer flowers I used the green Sharpie to draw on some petals around the bottom of the snuffers.

upcycled candle snuffers into garden art flowers

And here they are in the garden. I’m not sure what the little ground cover flower is that I tucked them into, but it was here when we moved in 25 years ago and it has spread a little every spring. The candle snuffer flowers looks quite nice among them.

DIY garden art flowers made from upcycled candle snuffers

Whenever I create small garden art flowers like these, and these repurposed barrette flowers, or these repurposed badminton birdie flowers, I always place them where I can borrow some foliage. This just makes them look more like they belong in the garden.

DIY plant poke flowers from repurposed candle snuffers

You can also put them into a planter basket as plant pokes.

DIY candle snuffer flowers in flower basket

They look great in this basket of yellow and pink petunias.

upcycled candle snuffers flowers in hanging basket

If you hang the basket up, you get a nice little surprise with the little yellow bell centers.

repurposed candle snuffers into garden art flowers

These repurposed candle snuffers made the sweetest little bellflowers, and they were such fun to create.

I hope I’ve inspired you to create some of these cuties for yourself. You can easily customize them with the colors you choose for your own garden, planters, or hanging baskets.

It would be greatly appreciated if you would pin this project to your favorite Pinterest board, and also share it with your friends.

Easy DIY Garden Art Flowers from Repurposed Candle Snuffers

Thanks so much for reading and until next time,

keep on keepin’ on!


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  1. Oh my gosh tuula, those are the sweetest little flowers, I love them!

  2. OMG, Tuula! They turned out great and look really natural in your flower garden! I love that you don’t have to find something to use as the stem. Well done, you!

    1. Thanks Sandy! Yes, it’s so nice that the stem comes with the candle snuffers.

  3. Debra Hubbs says:

    These are so cute. They look great where you put them and also in the basket. I also love your tulips.

  4. Well now, isn’t that the cutest darn thing!!
    I LOVE this idea! Thanks so much for sharing and for the inspiration!!
    Pinned! Hope you are having a good week!!

  5. Just lovely, girl!!! You have the most beautiful garden to showcase all your things, too!! It was sure great to see you in my inbox this week!!!

  6. The small flowers that you have placed your ‘bell flowers ‘ in are Anemone Blanda. They come in pink, white and lilac. We also call them ‘Wind flowers’ in the UK.

    1. Thanks so much for that info Nancy! It’s nice to know what they are. They’re so pretty.

  7. Come on, how clever and adorable are these! I have a small collection of candle snuffers in my stash somewhere and would have never thought of this idea! Guess what I’m doing this week? haha

  8. You always come up with such cute things and have such imagination! I really love your candle sniffer flowers – so cute!