DIY Candelabra Flower Planter with Upcycled Ceiling Fan Shades


Candelabra Magazine Shot 2 Happy Mother’s Day weekend!

This marks my 15th Mother’s Day…

My husband usually makes breakfast with our girls and they give it to me in bed.

I’m a lucky lady 🙂

This year we invited my Mom & Dad over for a BBQ.

I made this cute flower pot for my Mom.

I hope she doesn’t read this post today!

If you do…surprise, Mom!

Happy Mother's Day

If you look closely you may notice that the flower pot is made from one of the ceiling fan shades I had

after I made this “DIY Candelabra Flower Planter”.

There were 4 total, but I only needed 3.

Upcycled Ceiling Fan Shades

 DIY Candelabra Flower Pot

It’s rather funny how this “upcycled ceiling fan shade(s)” project, all came together.

Originally, I planned on just using the left over shades from our broken ceiling fan that we took down, for flower pots.

Pretty simple idea…right?

(you can see what we replaced the ceiling fan with here: Affordable Rustic Chandelier)

ceiling fan

Then I realized they needed something to sit on or they looked unfinished, and boring.

So, I searched the house.

That’s what I do when I need inspiration.

When I went down into the basement, the candelabra said, “Well hello, Dolly” in a deep voice.

Joking of course, but it did pop out at me.

I couldn’t believe it, but it was almost as if they were made to fit together.

All I had to do is supply the super glue.

(flowers are called Lobelia from Home Depot here in MI)

Candelabra Planter Tutorial

For the life of me, I can not remember where I got the candelabra.

I do remember though, that after it tarnished I decided to spray paint it white.

I kind of regretted that, until now.

See how snug they fit together?

Like 2 peas in a pod.

DIY Candelabra Flower Planter

I’m still a little in shock over it.

I display it on our front porch and sometimes I go out there and shake my head in disbelief.


DIY Candelabra Planter


You just never know where a DIY project will lead you.

This ended up being one of my favorite projects so far.

It’s so beautiful!

Here’s what I did with one of the ceiling fan’s white blades (a must see!) ——> click here.

fan blade

Pretty DIY Candelabra Ceiling Fan Shade Planter


I created this “Mom” graphic below not only for my own Mom, but for all of you as well.

Whether you’re lucky enough to share this Mother’s Day with your Mom, or if she is smiling down from Heaven…

I think it will remind you of all the sacrifices your Mom made for you.

(If you would like to print it, just right click, then save to another tab, then print.)







Here’s one more way to use the candelabra flower planter…

It works really well as a triple vase too!  I figured this out after my flowers dried up.

Just fill w/water and clippings from your favorite flower from your yard.

These are from a Lilac bush that finally bloomed for us this year.

Lilac Candelabra Vase

And another!

Peonies in Candelabra

And…another!  Hello Basil.

Basil in Candelabra Planter

Here’s 50 more garden tips for you folks who love to garden!

Just click the flower…

50 Garden Tips You Should Pin For Later

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52 Responses

  1. Debbie says:

    What a beautiful idea!! Now I want to yank some fans down 🙂

  2. April says:

    I love this – we sold so many fans before we moved and now I wish I had kept at least one :(. I also agree, this is one of my favs!!

    • Julie says:

      Thanks girl, I love when you come to comment. Means so much to me to have my BFF comment and support my blog world!!! XXOO

  3. Candy says:

    That is AWESOME! Is it too heavy? I believe I got rid of the 8 – 12 I had. Time to shop for more. Thanks for your great ideas!

  4. kristin says:

    No way!!! You are awesome, I love this 🙂

  5. Ann says:

    An incredible repurposing! That’s a clever gorgeous planter.

  6. That turned out great Julie and it looks so pretty with the lobelia trailing out. Thanks and Pinned!

  7. Beautiful! The Lobelia looks just perfect in your lovely “new” planter!

  8. Meegan says:

    So beautiful and inspiring Julie! I bet your mom LOVED her Mothers day gift. You are so talented and creative. Thanks for the inspiration!

  9. Beth Adams says:

    Love it! So wickedly awesome. Now I want my ceiling fans taken apart. lol

  10. barb says:

    How does the water stay in the fan globes? Aren’t they open at the end? Love this idea.

  11. Melanie says:

    HI! I just saw this pinned on Pinterest and it definitely is AWESOME! I love that you upcycled it and that you do what I do…walk around the house looking for inspiration! I love how beautifully they seemed to made for “each other too” how propitious!
    I just want to comment that if you use them with soil, you have to provide drainage in the bottom. I usually use styrofoam chips or re-use the packaging that everything seems to come with these days. You could also use small pebbles or gravel. In a pot that size, I would probably use up to 2″ of drainage material.
    Just thought you or your readers would make use of this info…it’s probably why the lobelia dried up 😉
    Anyways, I love your site, and I will be keeping my eyes open to make something similar to this too.
    Thanks for sharing the tutorial on it!

  12. de says:

    the Habitat for Humanity ReStore always has ceiling fan shades.

  13. Debbie says:

    Thank you for sharing your candelabra idea. I found one in
    a garage sale and did it similar to yours except
    painted it yellow.
    Your so talented are so thoughtful for thisebof
    us who are not.

  14. D says:

    What did you use to glue it together?

  15. Nina says:

    Must try this idea!! It was so crafty!! Will also try basil idea!!

  16. Janet Steele says:

    Wonderful idea! I just found your website! Where have you been all my life, just kidding, lol. I have a similar idea….using a floor lamp, screw in globe or wire a container the top wrap with twine, plant some flowers, or use silk. Make it pretty full due to height of lamp post.

  17. Leo says:

    Love the fan and was blown away by the candelabra flower planter. Great Job!

  18. Allison says:

    What did you do to see the bottom of the fan light? So you were able to,put flowers in. Probably a stupid question. Just needed to know so I don’t spoil my Mother’s Day gift. Love this idea.

  19. Ivory says:

    Gorgeous, don’t know which one i love the most. Wow girl, you knocked it out the ballpark again with your beautiful designs.

  20. Irene says:

    I just bought two four stem vintage candlelebra! They are chipped white iron. Thanks for a great idea. A great place to grow herbs!!!

  21. donnalee stadt says:

    Won’t the moisture rust the candelabra? Does the water stay put in the shades?

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  23. Jan says:

    Jaw Dropping Gorgeous!

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  25. Stephanie Wesson says:

    I just happened to stumble across this post and instantly in LOVE! I don’t currently have the supplies needed to make it but trust and believe I will be on the hunt to find them! I can see two of them in my future to install on each side of deck railings going up to the door of my full time “tiny home” (25′ RV lol) Thank you for sharing your creativity!

  26. Michele Garrett says:

    I just love your idea! I tried the project but when I was securing the globe with waterproof glue it just wouldn’t stay on. Could you suggest the adhesive you used?

    • Julie says:

      Hi Michele, I did some research for you and I recommend this product below (the link I left). My husband uses it on his arrows for bow hunting, and we just used it on another project and it really works well. The only thing is, you may have to touch up the project after you glue it- with the color paint you are using. Here’s my safe Amazon Affiliate link…let me know if you have questions, good luck!: ~ Julie

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