Interiors

DIY | Concrete Copper Candle Holder

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:

The tutorial

You need:

  • 400-500g of concrete powder (I used the one especially made for artists)
  • Water
  • 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!

 

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21 Comments

  • Reply
    Dalwi Szyje
    29th November 2017 at 7:32 pm

    Great idea!

    • Michelle
      Reply
      Michelle
      29th November 2017 at 7:33 pm

      Thank you!

  • Reply
    Elisa
    30th November 2017 at 10:59 am

    Totally loving this DIY! Simple but so wow!
    xx Elisa
    http://www.francinesplaceblog.com
    DIY & LIFESTYLE BLOG

    • Michelle
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      Michelle
      30th November 2017 at 11:00 am

      You’re so kind, thank you! This really motivates me to keep working with concrete!

  • Reply
    Alexandra
    1st December 2017 at 11:37 pm

    This. Is. Gorgeous. And so simple. Perfect easy DIY for a holiday table! Thanks for sharing!

    xx, Alexandra

    • Michelle
      Reply
      Michelle
      2nd December 2017 at 8:00 am

      Oh you’re so kind, thank you! What a compliment! This really motivates me to keep going!☺️

  • Reply
    Courtney
    5th December 2017 at 3:46 pm

    Those candles are so cute and such a good idea for a table setting.
    http://sugarcoatedbears.blogspot.com/

    • Michelle
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      Michelle
      5th December 2017 at 4:24 pm

      Thank you very much! ☺️

  • Reply
    Emmy @ Candle Junkies
    11th December 2017 at 11:19 pm

    Great tutorial Michelle! We’ll be sharing this with our readers, I just pinned it on our Pinterest page =)

    Cheers!

    • Michelle
      Reply
      Michelle
      12th December 2017 at 7:34 am

      What an honor, thank you very much for this!

  • Reply
    Kate Lately
    12th December 2017 at 4:41 pm

    Love this!! So chic, yet industrial and clean at the same time. I may just have to try this in the new year!

    K A T E L A T E L Y || fashion & lifestyle blog
    http://www.katelately.co/blogmas-day-12-a-new-tradition

    • Michelle
      Reply
      Michelle
      12th December 2017 at 5:04 pm

      You’re so sweet, thank you! ☺️☺️

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    Sarah Southgate
    17th December 2017 at 12:24 am

    I love this! Might try and make one for a last minute gift!

    • Michelle
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      Michelle
      17th December 2017 at 8:03 am

      That’s a great idea! Glad you like it ☺️

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    alyssa grace
    1st February 2018 at 11:16 am

    Gonna def try this!! I love it

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    • Michelle
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      Michelle
      1st February 2018 at 12:23 pm

      Thank you! Tell me how it worked out for you!

  • Reply
    Deanna
    3rd February 2018 at 12:10 am

    I’ve always been really intimidated my concrete DIY’s even though I love the style. But this seems really do-able. A great way to dip your toe in, on a project that’s not too big.

    • Michelle
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      Michelle
      3rd February 2018 at 7:08 am

      Yes you’re right, that’s why I did it this way! I guess my next concrete project will be more advanced, but this one here is great to lose your fear of working with it!

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