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Grass Candles




Celebrate spring by bringing some greenery indoors. Embellishing pillar candles with blades of grass highlights a plant that's rarely appreciated up close -- and unifies an assortment of candles. Place the candles on pastel saucers that set off the green grass blades, and display them on a shelf or mantel.



  • Light-colored Pillar Candles
  • Nonflammable All-Purpose Glue Stick
  • Blades of Grass (we used wheat grass sprouted from seed)


  1. Step 1

    Apply adhesive to a single blade, and affix to candle, folding the bottom of the blade underneath.

  2. Step 2

    Repeat process, varying lengths and spacing to mimic natural growth and create a pleasing pattern.

Martha Stewart Living, April 2003



Reviews (19)

  • carabau 15 Mar, 2013

    Glue sticks are water-based, therefore non-flammable. Don't use the glue gun glue sticks.
    Have snow? Use chives from grocery store.

  • AlaskanTeacher 11 Mar, 2013

    These look totally awesome! Glad grass-stuff is on sale at Michael's (and probably other places) because all of our grass is buried beneath over a foot of old snow and several new inches from yesterday!

  • lilyevans0 1 Apr, 2011

    This would be even cuter with cute little daffodill flowers at the bottom, with a group on a mirrored candleholder on the table or a fireplace mantle.

  • maryjbelle 26 Mar, 2009

    love this simple idea- i will try it

  • cdbaldwin 9 Apr, 2008

    When the candles burn down will they not catch on fire?

  • LuvMaerz 4 Apr, 2008

    What a simple, elegant idea! Love it! I have found so many simple, beautiful crafts in my inbox this past perfect!

  • LilMama 4 Apr, 2008

    I'm excited about this one. I'm hosting a Bridal Shower, April 12, and this will be a nice game, prize. This is the 1st Shower (anything) I've hosted that I've really been the creator! I've made (still making) everything from invitations to thank you notes, for the Bride to be to take home as a gift (postage included) watch out all my girlfrieds!!! We could be having a lot of parties!

  • MissPat38 4 Apr, 2008

    My yard (in Indiana) is full of chives. They should be perfect for this. Thanks for the idea.

  • daisykay 4 Apr, 2008

    after putting the grass on with the glue I painted over with melted wax made them more durable!!

  • momdig 4 Apr, 2008

    Wheatgrass is available in natural foods stores i.e Whole Foods, in the produce section. It's usually boxed with the alfalfa sprouts, etc. Don't know about the glue stick, though!

  • Eleanaor 4 Apr, 2008

    I bought a glue-stick at Staples, but not sure if it's non-flamable. 'Have to read the lable I guess! Don't know where to find "wheat grass" though! lol

  • Eleanaor 4 Apr, 2008

    And Michael's Crafts is having a 50% off one item sale until Saturday 4/5!! Check out their website! And by the way I like this project! But, a question, what is non-flamable glue? I have a glue stick, but not sure if it's non-flamable. Any particular brand name?

  • jessienoggle 3 Apr, 2008

    if you can't find grass out side. go to a local store and pick up seeds for cat grass. it works out wonderfully

  • 1Toffy 3 Apr, 2008

    I feel for you gals not seeing any green. This is a great and simple but classy idea. Nice for an entry table. I'll have to try it.

  • sunbunni 3 Apr, 2008

    Most of the products Martha uses can be found at Micheal's Crafts (SP?)

  • garyR 3 Apr, 2008

    Martha, this idea for candles is awesome! they are beautiful,I will certainly try this canle craft out as soon as the snow melts up here. Great work!

  • deegeebee 3 Apr, 2008

    Martha: Wonderful idea only where o' where do you find grass in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan...we have so much snow that it will be May before we see green. Will certainly try to find something that looks like grass...or just maybe in a floral shop. Thanks for all your ideas....

  • Sharyon 3 Apr, 2008

    The candles look great. Too bad I didn't know about this at Easter, would have made a great centerpiece and also decorative candles for the bathroom. I've got some kind of decorative grass/plant in the front yard and will try this tomorrow.
    Thank you - love the ideas!

  • hhlljj6 3 Apr, 2008

    Where do you get a glue stick of this kind and is it possible to find artifical wheat grass?