Little Clay Pot Candles

Beth Nichols
Girl Scouts of Southeastern Pennsylvania Council
Pennsylvania, USA


  • small clay flower pot (about 2 1/2" tall)
  • 1/2" ribbon (any color or print)
  • small sponge
  • paintbrush
  • paint - any colors but works best with a dark and a light color (red or green and white look great for the holidays)
  • very little bauble - tiny silk flower ornament, pine cone, etc.
  • small candle approx. 2 1/4" tall and 1 1/2" wide - any color but looks best if you match the color of the dark paint
  • glue


    1. Paint the clay pot with the light color paint.
    2. When dry, sponge paint over light paint with dark paint but do not completely cover the light - paint sparingly so that you leave patches of light.
    3. When dry, tie ribbon around mouth of clay pot (I find it works best if I glue it in place).
    4. Glue bauble onto middle of bow. Insert candle.

Hints, Tips and Friendly Advice

  • When sponge painting, be sure not to put too much paint on the sponge. The amount of light paint that you want showing is entirely up to you.

  • When burning candle, be sure not to let it burn down to far.

  • Scented candles work very well. I love to use the pine scented one around the holidays.

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