It’s finally time for my first concrete project guys! As I have written two weeks ago, I haven’t taken part in all the concrete craziness for now. Although was always a bit jealous what the others could do with the stuff, I was a bit, let’s say, reluctant. It’s so messy to work with concrete and there are so many things to think about and you have to have the perfect mould…Well. It was time to overcome my hesitation, and it all started with a marble candle holder I saw on Anthropologie. I guess so many DIY stories start with that shop! So I thought, why not make the base in concrete, and the holders in copper, easy peasy? Right, and that’s what I did:
- 400-500g of concrete powder (I used the one especially made for artists)
- 4 copper joints
- 2 milk cartons
- Duct Tape
- Sand paper
Let’s go: Start by cutting of the top and one side of your milk cartons, so you have two small half-vessels. Make one carton a bit smaller until you have the desired length of you candle holder-to-be. Then connect the two halves with Duct Tape, and support the mould at the top with some additional tape.
Time to mix the concrete! First measure everything according to the package. Next, pour the water into a vessel (I had a special one for that) and little by little add the concrete powder. Mix everything well. I used a spatula for that.
Now, carefully pour your concrete into the mould and make sure everything gets in there. Carefully shake the mould so everything settles and you get a smooth surface. In a next step, add the copper joints and push the right into the mixture. Maybe use a ruler to make sure they’re not crooked and have the same height.
And now, wait. Make a cup of tea, read a magazine… Because everything needs to dry for at least two hours, and needs at least 24 hours to fully dry. But read the package label for that. When everything has set, carefully remove the construction from its shell. Sand off the edges, then add the candles. That’s it!
Let me tell you a secret: As this was my first concrete project, I made a mistake and had to do the whole thing a second time. Quite the bummer. Guess I added to much water in the beginning, because the concrete was too crumbly and the whole thing broke in two pieces when I removed it from the mould. But the second version was so much better, and I’m really proud it worked. Looks neat, doesn’t it? You can also style it as an Advent wreath!