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How To Make A Flower Pot Heater

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If you have experienced a power outage while it’s cold outside, you know that it can get cold in your home fast. This Homemade Flower Pot Heater is great way to quickly provide warmth and can be made in 5 minutes or less!

flower pot heater

Flower Pot Heater

Flower Pot Heaters are an effective way to heat small areas in your home quickly and without the need for power.

The best part is, these can be made with minimal supplies and you likely already have everything you need around your home.

Before you make a flower pot heater there are a few things I want to point out. These are typically common sense but I do feel the need to say them especially if you’ve never made one of these clay pot heaters before.

flower pot heater

Flower Pot Heater Tips

  • Never leave the flower pot heater unattended.
  • This gets really hot (you will see in my photos, it reaches over 200F quickly) and can cause burns
  • Keep these flower pot heaters away from pets and children
  • Keep these flower pot heaters away from anything that is flammable
  • These flower pot heaters should be used for short periods of time and used in emergency situations
  • Do not use a glass, paper or aluminum foil pan.
  • Place onto a flat surface that is heat-resistant
  • Make sure the clay pot is unglazed (to prevent harmful fumes)
  • Use unscented candles (the scented ones can cause you to get a headache)
homemade flower pot heater

How To Make A Flower Pot Heater

Supplies you will need:

flower pot heater

How to Make It:

Start by placing your cake pan on a leveled, heat-safe surface.

Flip your terracotta pot upside down so the large opening is at the bottom.

Cut a small square piece of aluminum foil and place it over the top of the hole of the clay pot.

Place 3-4 tea light candles inside in the middle of the pan and light them.

Place the wire cooling rack over the top the candles and cake pan (the sides of the pan will help hold this up)

Place your terracotta pot on top of the wire rack directly over the lit candles.

You will start to feel heat almost immediately. You can then replace the tea light candles as needed.

Once you feel the heat, you will notice it will begin dispersing out from the sides of the pot. I measured the heat using a digital thermometer, and within a few minutes it was nearing 300F.

heat from flower pot heater

If you want to provide additional stability, you can place a brick on each side of the cake pan to hold it in place.

DIY flower pot heater

Do Flower Pot Heaters Work?

Despite what some people say, this DOES work.

It is intended to provide small amounts of heat for small spaces. You can make a few of these if you are wanting to heat a larger space just keep an eye on them and never leave them unattended.

Also, I am sure you know this but you are making these at your own risk. Never leave them unattended and these should be used in emergency situations where heat is necessary.

candles inside flower pot heater

You can also watch my video below on how I made it!

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Flower Pot Heater

Flower Pot Heater

Yield: 1
Prep Time: 2 minutes
Active Time: 3 minutes
Total Time: 5 minutes
Difficulty: Easy
Estimated Cost: $5

How to Make A Flower Pot Heater in under 5 minutes.

Materials

  • Clay Terracotta Pot - You likely have these lying around for gardening. Make sure the clay pot is not glazed (to prevent harmful fumes)
  • Cake Pan - I used a round cake pan that has handles on the side to provide additional stability
  • Tea Light Candles - You want 3-4 unscented candles
  • Cooling Rack - Make sure this is oven safe
  • Long Lighter
  • Small Piece of Aluminum Foil (that will fit over the top of the pot where the hole is)

Instructions

  1. Start by placing your cake pan on a leveled, heat-safe surface.
  2. Flip your terracotta pot upside down so the large opening is at the bottom.
  3. Cut a small square piece of aluminum foil and place it over the top of the hole of the clay pot.
  4. Place 3-4 tea light candles inside in the middle of the pan and light them.
  5. Place the wire cooling rack over the top the candles and cake pan (the sides of the pan will help hold this up)
  6. Place your terracotta pot on top of the wire rack directly over the lit candles.
  7. You will start to feel heat almost immediately. You can then replace the tea light candles as needed.
  8. Once you feel the heat, you will notice it will begin dispersing out from the sides of the pot. I measured the heat using a digital thermometer, and within a few minutes it was nearing 300F.

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