DIY | Concrete Incense Holder

Hullo people, today I want to write about relaxation, and I have a reason for that: This stylish and super easy concrete incense holder. In this tutorial you will learn how to make it in just about 2 hours! Just in time to light some soothing incense sticks.

Actually, I have just started using incense sticks (I tried these ones) for creating a relaxing atmosphere. Sometimes I just need a little timeout (okay I have to force myself to take one). And then I just lie on the floor, put on some relaxing music and close my eyes, trying to block out reality. I’m rather new to this whole relaxation exercise thing, although I have already written about some ways to slow down. And since I started my new job I have to work 2 to 3 full days a week, which is still so new and actually quite exhausting for me. What will I do next year when I work full-time (*insert desperate emoji here*)?

So it’s best to start early with all this winding down after a long day, and of course I want you to profit from my idea! Here goes.

The Tutorial

You need:

  • Around 800 g of concrete powder
  • Yoghurt pots in two sizes
  • Sand
  • Incense sticks
  • Tape
  • Sharp knife
  • Sanding paper
  1. Let’s begin at the beginning: Start by sanding off the top part of your small yoghurt pot. If you have a normally shaped one, you don’t need to do that.
  2. Next, blend the 800 grams of concrete powder with the respective amount of water. Then, fill the concrete into the larger yoghurt pot until it’s three-quarter full.
  3. Now place the smaller pot into the larger one and gently push it down until the concrete fills up the pot to the rim. Then fill the smaller pot with some sand to weigh it down and support it with some tape. Let dry for at least 2 hours.
  4. Next, remove the sand and the tape from the pots. With a sharp knife, carefully cut open the outer yoghurt pot and remove it. Push the smaller pot from the sides and remove it. Now your incense holder is almost ready!
  5. Sand off the areas you don’t like and fill the incense holder with sand. And that’s it! You just have to stick your incense stick into the sand, light it, and relaaaaaaaaax….

For your Pinterest board:

Amazing how easy making this incense holder was, and I’m always surprised how stylish concrete projects look in the end. Since I have just started using incense sticks (my boyfriend doesn’t like them, but I don’t care), I am still looking for some good ones. You know, some that don’t make your house smell like the Thai massage place around the corner (no offense). Got any recommendations? Hope I could inspire you!


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    25th October 2018 at 5:22 pm

    This is so lovely! I like the simplicity of this DIY but the final result is so beautiful!
    xx Elisa

    • Michelle
      25th October 2018 at 5:24 pm

      You’re so sweet , thank you! I just love how concrete projects can look so good so easily

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    Maria Miranda
    6th January 2019 at 11:43 am

    Beautiful idea and beautiful pictures. Have a happy and merry New Year. Maria Miranda

    • Michelle
      6th January 2019 at 11:52 am

      Aw you’re so sweet, thank you! I wish you a happy new year as well!

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