While some may think of terracotta pots as a gardening essential, they actually have useful functions all over the home. And after a summer spent grilling everything from vegetables to s’mores over this terracotta pot barbecue, we’ve been searching for a way to put the garden shed staple to good use this fall. So when we spotted the above video by Ben Galt detailing how to make a homemade heater, we were instantly intrigued.
Constructing this heater may take more technical know-how than your average DIY craft, but we think the results are well worth it. All you need is a six-inch flower pot and base, a smaller five-inch pot, a chain link, nuts, and candles.
In a few simple steps, your terracotta pot will be given new life as a functional heater that costs just four cents an hour to use. Hang your heater from any stable stand so that the hot surface doesn’t come into contact with your furniture. The one shown in the video was repurposed from a road sign, but Galt also recommends using a lamp or flower pot stand.
This surprisingly stylish heater is the perfect way to keep your home feeling cozy as the weather cools off. We recommend placing it in a spot that always seems to stay cold no matter what you do. Or, save your heater for when you inevitably lose power during a snow storm (after all, the Old Farmer’s Almanac did say that winter will be extra brutal this year).