A not-so-draining DIY flower and candle holder

A not-so-draining project - create a DIY flower and candle holder out of drain covers!The really fun part of what I do is being let loose in Home Depot to see what I can come up with. Sometimes I go in with a plan and sometimes I just wander the aisles until something jumps out at me.

So I was perusing the plumbing section when I came across a set of PVC drains. They come in graduated sizes and I stood in the aisle stacking and unstacking them like a wedding cake until I had an idea. Actually I had two ideas! And that is how this DIY flower and candle holder was born.

For this project you will need:


  • Three graduated plastic drains (cost $$1.25-$3.50)
  • Mod Podge Gloss
  • Graphic Paper
  • Sandpaper or a sander (optional)
  • Spray Paint
  • Glue – I used E-6000
  • Craft Knife

Sand off the Raised TextThe drains have raised lettering on them that I wasn’t keen on so I sanded it off. It just took a couple of quick passes with my handheld sander.

Cut StripsI then gave each drain a coat of Heirloom White spray paint just to disguise their plastic-ness. I cut my decorative paper into strips sized to the side of each drain.

Attach Graphic PaperAnd attached my paper smoothing out the wrinkles as I went. After it dried I gave it a trim to make all the edges flush.

Tiered CandleFor durability, once everything was totally dry I applied a sealing coat of Mod Podge to the paper.

After that dried it was easy to attach the drains to each other using a thin bead of the E-600.

My initial idea was to use them as decorative lighting on a table. I just slipped a battery operated tealight underneath. The light coming up through the drains made a great pattern . . . unfortunately I’m not a skilled enough photographer to figure out how to take the picture.

So, we move on to Idea 2.

Finished Flower HolderFlower stems fit neatly down through the holes to create an easy, fun, and different table decoration. If you coordinated the paper in a red, white and blue scheme they could be a fun addition to a July 4th celebration.

Just add water

To keep the flowers going I just put a small dish of water under the bottom.

A not-so-draining project - create a DIY flower and candle holder out of drain covers!The drains come in larger sizes so you could scale this project to suit your needs. I think there are a lot of fun possibilities with this and I’d really enjoy seeing what people come up with!


  1. Sharon Collins says

    Home Depot is awesome. I find lots of things there. My husband dislikes when I get inspired. Line to crochet/knit/braid/knot; wood, markdowns, paint, & my addiction besides fabric paint, tile, & dremels. Those tools are good for my small hands & arthiritis. Have 2 so will be buying another one or waiting til I go back to KS in Oct to move more items to current location. Maybe I can raid my dad’s workshop. But I live Home Depot & Lowes.