Concrete Candle Holder





Introduction: Concrete Candle Holder

Thanks for stopping by. For this Instructable Im going to make a simple concrete candles holder.

Just Follow the step by step instructions. If you prefer a more detailed instruction be sure to check out the video and Subscribe.

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Step 1: Creating a Box

Cut 5 piece of wood 1 for the bottom and 4 for the sides as shown.

Use a hot glue gun or screws to attach the wood together. You can make this as large or small as you like. I marked the perimeter of the box, to set a reference marks so I know where to place the candles.

Step 2: Mixing the Concrete

Mix the concrete to a peanut butter mix. I used high strength concrete from Sakrete

Pour the concrete in the box. Other viewers gave me a tip that oiling the wood first would make it release much easier.

Step 3: Inserting the The Candles

Now insert the quantity of candles you like, I only placed 4 of them. I treat them as disposable they are rather cheap. Click Here for the candles I used.

I added too much water in my mix by accident so I sat it outside so the water could drain.

Step 4: Removing the Candles

About 30 to 40 min later the remove the candles. I use a piece of scarp plastic to clean out the hole and widen it a bit. This way the hole is slightly larger that the candle for easy inserting and removal.

I like the bubble holes in the form. If you don't like that look, then vibrate the concrete right after pouring it in the form; before it start to cure. That should remove the majority of the bobbles.

I also remove the wood from the perimeter of the concrete, but not the bottom. This step can be skipped and removed later.

Step 5: Sanding

48 hours later the concrete is full cured.

I gave it a quick sand with a sanding block.

Then applied a concrete sealer, I got the sealer the looks wet when its dried.

Step 6: Making the Wood Bottom

I cut 4 piece of wood with miter comers.

On the long side I used the lip of a bucket to assist me with the arch in the bottom. Then a small can to assist on the short side.

I cut the curve out on the band saw. Then sand it down on the belt sander. For the smaller piece I used a hand sander.

Step 7: Assemble the Bottom

I used wood glue and a nail gun to join the bottom.

I applied a Mixwax stain with a brush then wiped it off with a rag.

Step 8: Installing Bumpers

I install rubber bumpers on the feet of the wooden bottom.

Step 9: Attaching the Wood to the Concrete

I mixed a 2 part Epoxy to secure the concrete to the wood.

I place weight to the concrete and gave it enough time to dry.

Step 10: Crossing the Finish Line

Insert the candles light it up and your done!



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    Great ideal, I may have to try this. Thanks for the post.

    Nice. You've inspired me. These would be great outside on the deck. Safe and pretty.

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    Love it!

    Nice I'ble. I've used quick setting hydraulic cement to make planters and pots using corrugated cardboard for molds. The advantage is speed; it sets up in about an hour and can be de-molded soon thereafter when it turns rock hard. I've had very good results with RapidSet from Cementall, available at Home Despot. Others swear by a similar product called Rockite. Cementall also has additives to retard setting as well as one to increase fluidity without additional water that can reduce strength. Since these additives are meant to be used in fairly large batches, you'll have to experiment with mix ratios for small pieces like the tea light holder.

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    Thank you. I don't have much experience with concrete so any tip is helpful. Ill definaly expirment

    Meant to add, I really enjoy your videos. You're building some really nice things.

    Really nice. I'm not really into candles but I am going to use your idea to make something. It is to cool to not make.

    simple and effective, congratulations.

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    Good job ... I particularly like the wooden bottom.

    In step 3, when you wrap the sides of the candles in 3 - 5 rounds of adhesive tape (e.g. electric insulation tape) your holes will be wider and you save the "scraping off" in step 4 which may destroy the edges of the holes (stone accidentally falling out, edge collapsing, etc.). Pulling out the candle beakers from the concrete is easier as well.

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    Very effective and really like the finished look, great job and thanks for sharing, will add this to my list of things to make.

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