DIY: Concrete Pillar Votive Candle Holders



So I have a bench on my front porch and I like to decorate it differently for the different seasons.  I have been struggling trying to decide what to do on it lately and then I saw some super cute pillar concrete candle holders.  I just HAD to have them but they were $15-$20 each and I wanted a bunch of them to have a little collection of them.  Well that definitely wasn't in the budget.  I figured it couldn't be that hard to make so I went on a mission to make a DIY out of them so I could make them in the sizes I wanted and with the color paint I wanted.  It  turned out it was super easy and super inexpensive to make them myself!  Here is my DIY instructions on how to make these oh-so-darling Concrete Pillar Votive Candle Holders! 









[What you need]
Concrete
Water
Something to stir with (I used one of those wooden paint stirrers from Home Depot)
A variety of containers - cardboard ones worked best***
Silver metallic paint
Candles 
Plastic wrap

***I used different paper cups, and containers like the ones oatmeal, corn starch, coffee, sugar, pringles come in.  Really anything that is shaped like a pillar works, you will be surprised how many you have in your pantry or you can buy at the dollar store!

[What to do]

Before I get into the nitty gritty of how to make these, I want to give you a little note on the concrete.  I used a quick drying kind and it worked great.  I decided to use that one because equal parts I was too impatient to wait 24 hours for it to dry and it was the only bag that was 50lbs (the lightest one they had at Home Depot) and that was all I could manage to get into my car on my own.  

So this is a super easy DIY, I have to admit, I was a little worried because I had never used concrete before but it was totally easy and super satisfying because you get almost instant results!

Pour a little of your concrete into your container you are going to use as a mold.  Pour in some water and stir it up.  Keep doing this until your mold is almost to the top but not quite full and the consistency is thick and goopy like. Next wrap the candle you want to eventually put in the final product in plastic wrap and stick it into the wet concrete.  Let it sit for a while about 20 minutes or so until the concrete will hold its form when you pull the candle and plastic out.  Then let it dry completely, about 2 hours.

Then when the concrete has hardened, you can peal off the mold like you peal off the paper to canned biscuits.  Then paint them and voila! You have so super cute industrial-inspired votive candle holders!  

You should really wait a day and let them dry over night before you paint them.  Concrete will continue to absorb liquid until it is completely dry so if you paint them right after you take the paper off (about 2 hours after pouring the concrete into the mold) they will absorb some of the paint.  I tend to like the imperfects and individuality of them so I was ok with this, but if you want them neat and perfect, I suggest waiting a day or two before painting them.

Also, if you don't mix all of the concrete with the water completely, when they dry little parts will chip off.  You can see in the last picture where the bottom corner had chipped off because I didn't mix it well enough.  

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