How to Reuse Candle Jars for Flowers & Decor

How to Reuse Candle Jars for Flowers & Decor

When we designed our Hotel Lobby Candles, our hope was that our guests would find unique, creative ways to reuse them. (We even put together a list of ideas for inspiration here.)

So, needless to say, when we were tagged in this awesome video by @___lovechild___ on Instagram, we were over the moon.

The Boston-based event space and retail shop did an absolutely killer job showing off how they turned their HLC vessel into a gorgeous, flower-filled centerpiece.  Below, Love Child's founders put together a thorough step-by-step tutorial that walks you through the process.


How to Reuse Your Candle Jar for a Flower Arrangement

There are many different ways to extend the life of your HLC, but our favorite use?  A vase. 

Before we dive deeper into that, let us introduce ourselves, we are Colleen and Crystal, the co-founders and best friends behind Love Child.

Love Child is a hybrid event and retail space in Boston, Massachusetts, more specifically Southie.  However, let the record state that we personally pronounce all of our "r"s.

If there's one thing to know about us it's that we love all things Blooms and Booze. That's why we're going to show you how to outfit your HLC with blooms.

Pro-tip: Sip on something boozy while making your centerpiece. It helps get those creative juices flowing.

1. Gather your materials.

We recommend having these items ready before you begin:

  • Your cleaned HLC jar
  • Floral shears (recommended, but any sturdy scissors will do)
  • Chicken wire (don't feel like going to your hardware store?  you can also use tape)
  • Fresh florals
  • Bucket
  • Lazy Susan (not required, but will definitely help!)

Pro-tip: Sourcing flowers is a key part of this process.  As small business owners, we highly recommend looking into local florists, farms, and farmers' markets first. They will be able to guide you as well as provide quality product.

Specialty grocery stores, such as Trader Joe's and Whole Foods, are also a great place to look.  

2. Clean That Shit

Clean out your HLC.  Make sure the vessel is completely rid of any wax, so the water stays fresh and your blooms can live their best life.

3. Flip It (and Reverse It, à la Missy Elliot)

Turn your bucket upside down on a hard surface. We recommend using your counter or island.

If you have a Lazy Susan on hand, put it on top of the bucket. Designing florals is much easier when you're looking directly at the design rather than bending down to see it. The Lazy Susan will allow you to turn your centerpiece with ease to identify any gaps or holes.  It's a game-changer.  Trust.

4. Prep The Space

Cut a piece of chicken wire to about 4 x 5 and form a cage similar to that of a football.

Put this in the vase and push it down so it is flush with the top of your HLC.  Add fresh water.

If you don't have chicken wire, you can tape a grid at the top of your HLC forming a tic tac toe board.  

Add the water using something with a spout, as you don't want to get the tape wet.

The purpose of the chicken wire/tape is to provide structure for your centerpiece.


hotel lobby candle vessel

5. Make Your Base

Create your base using greenery.  

Here we used 3 stems of lemon leaf and 3 fern stems.

6. Add Filler Flowers

Here we used a stem of white statice and a branch of waxflower. A well-known example of a filler flower would be babies breath. 

The intention of the filler flower is to fill the space between your focal flowers and line flowers (we'll get there don't worry). 

7. Add Focal Flowers

Add your focal flowers. 

Focal flowers are going to be the largest flowers in your centerpiece. 

Here we're using our absolute favorite rose called Quicksand. It's the dreamiest shade of blush that can look more pinkish or beige depending on what you pair it with. 

We recommend 3-5 focal flowers.  Other examples include peonies and mums.

8. Add, You Guessed It, More Flowers

Add in your secondary flowers.

These are going to be smaller than your focal flower.  We used carnations, ranunculus, and white fringe tulips (yes, these petals are actually fringed). 

We recommend anywhere from 7-11 secondary flowers.


Pro Tip: CARNATIONS ARE YOUR FRIEND.  We're far past the tacky school dance corsages with lime green carnations. These days, they come in so many amazing colors, add texture to the design, are sturdy, last for weeks, and are inexpensive. Not convinced?  Check out Tory Burch's Fall/Winter 2018 runway.  You're welcome.

9. Can You Believe It? More Flowers

Add your line flower.

These flowers are straight and lead the eye in a certain direction.  We used a stem of stock.  Other examples include snapdragon and larkspur.  

10. Check Yourself Before You Wreck Yourself

Check your centerpiece for gaps.  You don't want to be able to see any holes.

11. Pour Yourself Another Drink

Style in your home, pat yourself on the back, and enjoy!  

Around these parts, we like to measure our Blooms by way of Booze.  The HLC yields a centerpiece of approximately one bottle of bubbly high by two bottles wide. 

If you have any questions please feel free to email us at and if you are ever in Boston, please come visit!

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