The EASIEST DIY Outdoor Candle Holder

2 Materials
5 Minutes

I was at the thrift store a few days ago looking for some outdoor pots. I came across these cool-looking bamboo placements and an idea hit me. These would be a super easy DIY outdoor candle holder! So I picked them up along with a glass candle jar.

Easy DIY Outdoor Candle Holder

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Choose Placemats

Below is a picture that shows the placemats. The way they looked caught my eye, but when I saw how flexible they were when I picked them up that’s what sold me on them. They would be so easy to fold into a cylinder shape.

If you are not lucky enough to find some at goodwill, Amazon has these really neat ones that would also work.

This was so easy I may just make some as gifts.


I wasn’t able to find a glass jar that was exactly the same shape, so I picked up one slightly smaller and figured I could just cut away the excess.

Now once I got home and started to figure out how I was going to cut the placement, I realized that the whole thing would probably come apart if I did that! It was held together by a stretchy material that would surely ruin the entire thing. I didn’t want to take my chances!

So I just chose to overlap it slightly. I figured no one (except all of you that is lol) was going to look that close when it was sitting on my front porch!

I grabbed my glue gun and started with the outer edge. Only a few lines of glue were needed to secure the placemat to the glass.

Here’s the final result, what do you think? I love how it turned out, and more importantly how easy it was! The fun thing about this project is that you can duplicate it with many different shapes and sizes of glass.

Easy DIY Outdoor Candle Holder After


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  • Saralie Saralie on May 11, 2021

    It's really cute - I like it! I just wondered about the risk of fire with having the bamboo that close to the flame, especially if you are using it outside and it's windy as the wind would blow through the holes in the bamboo and fan the flame?? What do you think?

  • Happy Days Hometalker Happy Days Hometalker on May 12, 2022

    Ummm, fire hazard ? Could use a battery lit candle instead.

  • Diane Diane on May 12, 2022

    I think I would cut mat to same height of glass or get taller candle so not fire hazard as maybe mat varnished?? Great idea though.

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  • Carrole Carrole on May 12, 2022

    This idea is great. I recycle candle jars for my plants in and out doors. I also used dollar store place mates.

    Thank You

  • Shuganne Shuganne on May 12, 2022

    I thought you'd deliberately chosen to have the bamboo extend above the glass to give the candle flame extra protection on windy evenings, when I first saw your beautiful project. Then I read that you'd considered it a compromise. One person's art is another person's concern, huh? I love it as it is!