diy terracotta votives


I saw this idea on Martha’s website and I had to make my own mini terra-cotta votives! Aren’t they adorable for fall entertaining?! You can make any size (even really large!) and add any scent to them. I think extra large ones would be a nice touch placed in the middle of a table or the small ones at individual place settings. They’re also perfect for adding a beautiful, fall glow to an outdoor area. The tiny ones would make great wedding favors AND you can paint names on them too : ) I’m a little obsessed with these! They were so simple to make and cheap too! I bought all of my supplies at Michaels.

Supplies: soy wax, twigs, wick, pennies and mini terracotta planters
Place a penny in the bottom to close the hole. With the wick a loose know around the twig and cut so it fits nicely in the terracotta planter.

Melt the wax and add any oils or scents you like. Pour into the planter. Make sure the wick is centered.

Let the wax harden then remove the twigs and cut the wick down to around 1/4 inch.

Light and watch the glow

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23 responses to diy terracotta votives

  1. August 23, 2012

    adorable idea!!! candles are so expensive!

  2. August 24, 2012

    super cute! great tutorial 🙂

  3. August 24, 2012

    Love this idea so much! I’m thinking I might try a super big version with multiple wicks. 🙂

  4. Anonymous
    September 10, 2012

    I’m wondering if a color could be added? Food coloring maybe?

  5. September 12, 2012

    You can add wax crayons or oil paint to give color..both works pretty well..

  6. Anonymous
    September 24, 2012

    I tried the penny trick and wax still leaked out the bottom, I did a small batch of 3 first time around. Thank goodness I put them in a pan before I filled them, otherwise I would have had a very messy table. The remaining pots I put the wick up through the bottom and hot glued it in place. I also used modge podge on the inside to prevent the terra cotta from catching on fire, which was suggested on another site.

  7. Anonymous
    October 2, 2012

    Wax crayons aren’t good for coloring candles as its pigments will clog the wick preventing it from burning well. NEVER use oil paint to color a candle. Not only are the chemicals flammable, they are also toxic when burning. Food coloring is water based and won’t work. You need an oil soluble colorant. Just go to a craft store like Michael’s, Hobby Lobby or Joann’s and get some candle dye/colorant.

  8. October 5, 2012

    These are amazing. I’m gonna have to try this next summer.

  9. May 24, 2013

    Great idea!

    We made a post (with links and credits) on our blog:

    Thanks for sharing such great ideas!


  10. nancee
    September 25, 2013

    i love this

  11. Pedro Rodríguez
    October 16, 2013

    Esta genial para toda ocasión felicidades por tan genial idea.

  12. Della Harrison
    February 13, 2014

    Great idea and you can decorate the little pots

  13. July 19, 2015

    Love these little candles. We sell the materials needed to make these including the terracotta pots in various sizes.

    Price for 10 is as little £8.99 including free P&P

  14. Deb Story
    June 25, 2016

    Can you do it with regular wax?

    1. Eden
      June 26, 2016

      Yes of course!

  15. Sue
    May 19, 2018

    I like this idea! Very pretty n creative. Where do you buy the wax and wicks? Are they very expensive?

    1. Eden
      May 20, 2018

      We buy them at a local craft store. They’re not very expensive.

  16. Carla
    May 19, 2018

    Can you paint the pots

  17. Beth
    July 24, 2018

    My pennies will not stay and wax is coming out bottom how do you fix this

    Beth at

    1. Eden
      July 24, 2018

      Try adding a dot of hot wax under the penny first and let it cool before adding the other wax.

  18. Anita
    January 1, 2019

    Nice. It’s just so expensive to buy the main stuff.
    And you didn’t say how you poured the liquid wax I’m sure it would liquid trough the bottom hole.

  19. Mary Felix
    February 22, 2019

    I love this idea!!!! Will be great as gifts and to use ourselves!!!

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