Thanks for wishing my little lady well! Her foot is doing much better and is healing great :)
I had a little time in between giving her her meds and making sure she wasn't licking her wound to make a faceted concrete candleholder.
You'll need the following supplies to make a candleholder of your own:
- Cooking spray (or cooking oil in a bottle and a paper towel)
- A candle – I went with the 2.5" pillar candle shown ($1)
- Latex gloves
- A respirator mask
- A faceted dip bowl – I got mine in a 2 pack at Target for $1 (50¢)
- Ready-to-use concrete mix ($1.82)
Supplies not shown:
- Something to mix your concrete in – I used an old ceramic bowl
- Something to mix your concrete with (a spoon, a stick, etc.)
- Something to cover your working surface with – I used a cardboard box
Start by spraying your faceted dip bowl AKA candleholder form with your cooking spray. If you don't have cooking spray, apply some cooking oil to a paper towel and wipe your bowl down (including the top rim) and then pour out any excess oil.
Put your respirator mask on and then pour a little of the concrete mix into your bowl. Add a little bit of water (less is more), and then start mixing everything together with your spoon, stick, etc. until it has the consistency of thick oatmeal.
Put your latex gloves on, grab a clump of the concrete and place it in the bowl. Keep adding concrete until your bowl is almost full. I left about 1/4" of room at the top so the concrete wouldn't spill out when I added the candle. When your bowl is full, carefully tap it on a hard surface to level out the concrete and to help get out air bubbles.
I let my concrete set up about 5 minutes before I made the hole for my candle. Looking down onto the bowl, I eyeballed the center and gently pressed the candle down into the concrete.
I let the candle sit in the concrete for 5 minutes or so before removing it. The concrete kind of acts like quicksand sucking the candle back in as you're trying to pull it out so twist and turn it a little bit until it pops out. Smooth out the top of the concrete and the sides of the candle's hole with your fingers if needed and then leave it alone for 24 hours so it can set up and harden.
My candle holder popped out of the dip bowl very easily thanks to the cooking oil. The dip bowl was also made of melamine so I think that helped too!
The top was a little rough so I sanded it down, wiped off the dust, and placed my candle back into the hole.
I thought about painting the bottom portion and gold leafing the top but I really like the industrial look of the concrete.
I didn't get all of the air bubbles out but I like the texture they give the candleholder:
I know I'm biased but I think these would make a great gift! They're super easy to make and they're cheap too!
The entire 10-lb bag of concreted was $1.82 and I used 1-lb of it (yes, I weighed the candleholder haha) which would be 18¢. The candle came from the dollar store ($1) and the dip bowl was 50¢ so my total cost was $1.68! This project may cost you more than $1.68 depending on the supplies you need to purchase.
Would you make one (or two) of these candleholders? Who would you give them to?
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