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The Easiest DIY Pottery Barn Hack (Tutorial)

Do you love a good Pottery Barn Hack? Today, I’m sharing the easiest DIY Pottery Barn Hack tutorial that anyone can duplicate.

This may be the easiest hack idea I’ve ever shared, and I saved approx. $95.00 by using thrifted containers.

DIY Pottery Barn Hacks Inspiration

First, I saw these cute candleholders when Pottery Barn introduced their new Spring accessories.

Since we just remodeled our beach cottage, these candleholders caught my eye.

They actually come in three sizes. However, the two smaller-size candleholders would cost me approximately $98.00. This retail price doesn’t include the candles or sand.

Although they would be perfect for the beach cottage, this was a lot more than I wanted to invest.

Pottery Barn candle holders. Easy DIY tutorial.

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Pottery Barn Hack

First, I was on a mission to find an alternative by hitting all the thrift stores in the Wilmington area.

I quickly found these two vases, which are approx. the same size as the two from Pottery Barn, for only $3.00 for both at Habitat ReStore.

Now it was time to gather the supplies and try this Pottery Barn Hack.

Thrifted vases to be used in Pottery Barn hack. Easy DIY makeover.

Supplies for DIY Pottery Barn Hacks

I already have a good supply of raffia that can mimic the reed for this simple hack. You can purchase rolls of reed, but due to the limited amount needed, I wanted to keep the expenses minimal.

You will also need a hot glue gun, a candle for each size, and sand.

Attach Raffia

Begin by choosing several strips of raffia.

Add a drop of hot glue to the glass vase approx. three inches from the bottom of the 10-inch container and attach the end of the raffia to the glass.

Note: While adding raffia to the smaller container, begin approx. 1 – 1 1/2 inches from bottom.

Raffia and Ryobi hot glue gun for easy diy Pottery Barn hack.

Next, add more hot glue to the glass and attach the raffia by wrapping evenly around the edge of the container. Apply glue randomly to ensure that the raffia doesn’t slip from the desired position.

Raffia attached to vase using Ryobi hot glue gun for Pottery Barn hack. Easy DIY.

Wrap until the raffia-covered area is approximately 2 inches high or the desired coverage.

Thrifted Vase with raffia being attached using Ryobi hot glue gun in Pottery Barn hack.

Secure the last end of the raffia, and your hack is almost complete.

Thrifted vase with raffia attached with Ryobi hot glue gun. DIY Pottery Barn hack.
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Finish DIY Hack

To finish the DIY Pottery Barn Hack, add sand and a candle.

DIY Pottery Barn hack using thrifted vase, raffia, beach sand, battery operated candle.

They look great on the DIY peg board shelf accent wall and I saved approx. $95.00 to get the same look.

Two thrifted vases used in Pottery Barn hack. Used raffia, sand and candles.

The DIY Accent Wall is filled with thrifted and DIY projects, including the nautical rope mirror.

In addition, I duplicated another simple Pottery Barn inspiration hack for the beach cottage, using a thrifted container, driftwood, and a found twig.

You can read more about the Tiny House Renovations here.

Yield: 2

Easiest DIY Pottery Barn Hack - Coastal Candle Holders

Easiest DIY Pottery Barn Hack - Coastal Candle Holders

Save $95.00 on this Pottery Barn Hack. Coastal Candle Holder for a fraction of the cost.

Active Time 10 minutes
Total Time 10 minutes
Difficulty Easy


  • 2 Thrifts Glass Containers
  • Raffia


  • Apply dot of hot glue to glass container
  • Begin approx. 3 inches from bottom on large container and 1-1 1/2 inch on smaller container
  • Attach end of raffia and begin wrapping around the container keeping the raffia even around the edge of the container.
  • Apply more hot glue randomly around the raffia to prevent slipping.
  • Continue around the container until the coverage is approx. 2 inches wide or more.
  • Once you've reached your desired coverage, attach end of raffia with more hot glue.
  • Add sand and candle.


    You can substitute the raffia for reed. Due to the extra expense, I opted for raffia.

      Did you make this project?

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      If you liked this hack, you may also like this Pottery Barn hack lamp idea and this earthenware vase idea.

      Thanks so much for stopping by and I look forward to sharing my next adventure with you.



      Thursday 20th of April 2023

      I loved your idea. I think I will try it.


      Thursday 20th of April 2023

      Pat, I'm so glad you like it.


      Monday 10th of April 2023

      I love this idea. They look gorgeous.


      Monday 10th of April 2023

      Renae, Thank you so much.

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      Sunday 24th of April 2022

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      Monday 25th of April 2022

      Thanks for sharing.

      Kim | Shiplap and Shells

      Saturday 23rd of April 2022

      I'm always amazed by what you share with us next. Loving this Pottery Barn hack Rachel.


      Monday 25th of April 2022

      Kim, Thanks for your kind words.


      Saturday 23rd of April 2022

      What a great tutorial! I am sharing this one in my weekly round-up and pinned!


      Monday 25th of April 2022

      Stacy, I appreciate this.

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