Elephant Votive Succulent Planter

I love turning miscellaneous household items into planters. So when I saw this elephant in the pantry with that annoying last bit of candle wax in it, I decided to turn it into a new home for some of my succulents. I couldn't find this elephant for sale but I found a few other shapes like this, this and this that would make cute additions. 

Here's what you'll need: 

  • Soil - I used seedling soil 
  • Knife or Scissors
  • Votive
  • Succulents
  • Napkins of paper towels
  • Microwave



  • Since there was some candle was and wick left in my votive. I took my knife and popped out the metal piece before melting the wax in the microwave. If you can't get to the metal piece you can melt the wax by placing your votive in boiling water on the stove top, until you can access the metal piece inside.
  • If you're using the microwave, melt the wax in 15 second intervals and take your napkin to wipe up the melted wax. Repeat as necessary.
  • Once your votive is clean and wax free, fill the planter with soil and add water slowly to allow the soil to pack in and settle. This may get a little messy so do it in the sink and add more soil as necessary. 
  • After that, all you need to do is add your succulents!

I like the reflection of the tree in the belly of the elephant in this picture. I ended up trimming the stem of this succulent with a pair of scissors. Succulents are very adaptable, so if you need to trim yours to fit your planter, don't worry they will root very quickly!

If you make your own, leave me a comment with your link, because I'd love to see some different animal planters. :) I've seen some cool ones like this, this and this