In my DIY concrete project roundup, I told you that my boyfriend wanted to do a home decor project with the stuff, and he finally completed his project. I present to you these cement candle holders made with Quikrete and plastic bottles (among a few other supplies). He had a great time with them, and I’m having an even more fun time sharing his first project. If you’re interested in crafting with concrete, these candle holders are a great place to start. They look so unique and we’ve gotten so many comments on them . . . plus they are made using recycled bottles, which is awesome. Here’s how they were made.
- Recycled bottles – any size and shape as long as the mouth is wide enough to fit a candle
- Small saw
- Razor blade
- Cooking spray
- Small plastic container
- Wood shims (optional)
You’ll want to sort the bigger stones out of the concrete, so do that using the sifter (aka, the colander). Steve used wood shims to support the sifter over the bucket, but you might not need those depending on the size of your bucket and sifter.
Mix the concrete according to package instructions (you might need to add a little more water) in a small plastic container (Steve used an old Crystal Light container) and pour into the bottles. Leave a little room at the top. Also when you are done filling the plastic bottles, watch out the Crystal Light container immediately with your hose to save it for another craft project!
The next day the tops will look dry and the bottoms will still look wet, but it’s just because the bottoms haven’t been exposed to air and aren’t FULLY dry . . . but they are dry enough. Pull the candles out . . . and that’s why you added the cooking spray! The candles should slip out pretty easily.