Chimney Pot Lanterns

Published July 20, 2012

I saw this idea at a friend’s home last year and decided to share it with readers. Chimney glass can be found at many hardware stores and antique stores everywhere. It’s very easy to find, as are small terra cotta pots. If you have other small planter pots in different colors, shapes and designs by all means use them as well. They make perfect chimney pot lanterns.



  • 2-3 Clear Chimney Glass
  • Small plant pots
  • Sand
  • Votive Candles
  • Plaster Paris (optional)
  • Glue gun (optional)


The idea is quite simple. You can leave your terra cotta pot in its original colour or paint it in a waterproof paint. If the pot has a hole in the bottom you will have to fill it somehow. One way is with some Plaster Paris or a small piece of sheet metal that will lie flat on the bottom and cover the hole. Be sure to glue the sheet metal in place with a glue gun. Once the pot is dry, simply fill with sand and place your votive in the middle. Place the chimney glass over the votive candle and light the wick with a match.

The glass will prevent the wind from blowing out the flame and will provide a beautiful glow on those warm summer evenings.