How to make an outdoor heater with flower pots

DIY plant pot heater in garden | How to make an outdoor heater | Tesco Living

Stay toasty during chilly alfresco evenings with this DIY outdoor heater

You will need

  • Scissors
  • Tin foil
  • Large baking tray
  • Four bricks
  • Three pillar candles
  • Matches or a lighter
  • One small terracotta pot
  • One large terracotta pot
  • Oven gloves

Supplies for making an outdoor heater | DIY outdoor pot heater | Tesco Living

Step 1

Using a scissor, cut a square out from a sheet of foil and put to one side – you will need this in a later step.


Square cut from a sheet of tin foil | DIY outdoor pot heater | Tesco Living

Step 2

On either side of a baking tray stack two bricks on top of one other.

Bricks on either side of a baking tray | DIY outdoor pot heater | Tesco Living

Step 3

In the space in between the two sets of bricks, place the candles and light using a match or a lighter.

The more candles you use, the more heat will be generated. Small tea lights work well, but can burn out very quickly.

Three pillar candles in between bricks | DIY outdoor pot heater | Tesco Living

Step 4

Place the small terracotta pot over the candles so the pot sits on the bricks and is stable. Place the tin foil square over the draining hole.

Piece of foil placed on top of pot | DIY outdoor pot heater | Tesco Living

Step 5

Place the larger terracotta pot over the small terracotta pot, ensuring the pot safely rests on the bricks, et voila: added warmth without the need for a bonfire.

Make sure you use oven gloves when dismantling the outdoor heater, as the pots will get hot.


Flower pots on bricks with candles | Outdoor heater using flower pots | Tesco Living

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