October 21, 2013

DIY Faceted Concrete Candleholder

Happy Monday!

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:



Supplies shown:
  • 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
  • Water


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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31 comments

  1. Those dip bowls were such a great buy; so useful! That's the most adorable Flash Gordon I've ever seen (it is Flash, right?) and the gem print/poster works so well with your newest creation, too. =D
    Yvonne @ Sunnyside Up-stairs

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    1. Thanks Yvonne! And yep, that's Flash! We have a bunch of mini Superheroes hanging around our house :)

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  2. Wait what did I miss. What happened to your dog? I probably was too busy giving all kinds of meds to my cat. I'm glad she is doing better though.
    Love concrete candle holder a lot. I almost bought those dipping bowls at Target several times already. So cool how you used it.

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    1. Thanks Julia! She was bitten on her foot last Thursday. Her toe became red and inflamed and doubled in size in a half an hour so we went to the vet. Most everything is poisonous out here and I didn't want to risk waiting to take her in the morning just in case she was bitten by something bad. Thankfully she wasn't! They drained her bite, cleaned it all out, gave her some meds and sent her home with a cone! She's doing great and her wound is healing well. I hope your cat is feeling better too! :)

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  3. I'm glad your dog's feeling better. Love the candleholder. I have been meaning to make something faceted out of concrete too. There are so many great concrete DIYs out there. So smart to use your bowl as the mould.

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    1. Thanks Anu! Isn't concrete great?! I love that it's so cheap so I don't feel bad if a project doesn't work out haha

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  4. I'm behind on blog reading. Sorry about the pup. Glad she's on the mend.

    These candleholders are darling!

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  5. ooh! they WOULD make a great gift! I'm always on the lookout for something the kids can "help" make and give to relatives that are actually not horrible. Like these--SO much better than horrible...I love it! Why they could even make some for ME for gifts.

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    1. Nothing wrong with me gifts! In fact, that's where 90% of the gifts I make end up – with me haha

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    1. Dooooo it! Well, maybe after Evelyn is born! I don't know if you should be playing with concrete while growing a baby and I don't want to be sued or piss Evelyn off haha

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  7. I love how this looks-- it seems soooo intimidating but I really want to try it! :)

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    1. Thanks! It's really not intimidating at all, I promise! It's pretty foolproof too, which is great! :)

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  8. love it. good idea to gold leaf too...but i like this look sort of right now better!
    also, it wouldn't be too much of a waste if you had to make another one to gold leaf...at under a buck!!

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    1. Right?! I was thinking of gold leafing some of the facets while either painting others or leaving them as is. The painting/leafing possibilities really are endless!

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  9. Ahhhh, I love! Make me one?!?! Pretty please! ;)

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    1. I can do that! What type of candle would you like it to hold? Pillar, taper, tealight? Do you want it left as-is or painted/leafed?

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  10. You have to stop being so brilliant!!! You're killing it. So awesome.

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  11. This is super awesome. I love concrete projects. I think this is the first one I have read about that really showed and explained the concrete part of it so well that I could see myself making something. You rock!!

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    1. Thanks Katja! If you end up making one and have any questions about the concrete process, don't hesitate to ask questions! :)

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  12. i have those dip bowls too! great project!

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  13. Lovely! I do have those dip bowls... ;) Guess I need to do another copy cat DD DIY!

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    1. Do it! The nice thing about the concrete coming out so easily is that you can reuse the bowl to make more candleholders! Not that I would know or anything... ;)

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  14. Such a great idea for those bowls!! Love it! xo Kristin

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  15. that is awesome! what a great idea- it looks super cool!

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  16. This looks tooooo cool. Love the different dimensions of the bowl and the concrete is a neat look. I think you ought to make another with a little gold bling.

    And then send it to Illinois. ;)

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  17. UMMM hello this is genius!! I love the look of concrete but never in a million years would have thought to make something myself. Looks awesome!

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  18. So sorry about your puppy but glad to hear everything is getting better! And also, I love this DIY. I have those same bowls from Target. I use mine to hold trail mix while you use yours to make kick ass DIYs. Lol!

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