Concrete Candle Holder

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Thanks for stopping by! For this Instructable, I am going to make a simple concrete candle holder.

Just follow the step-by-step instructions. If you prefer more detailed instructions, be sure to check out the video and subscribe.

Thank you and enjoy!

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Step 1: Creating a Box

Cut 5 pieces of wood: one (1) for the bottom, and four (4) for the sides, as shown.

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

Step 2: Mixing the Concrete

Mix the concrete until it has a similar consistency to peanut butter. I used high strength concrete from Sakrete.

Pour the concrete in the box.

Tip: Oiling the wood first would make it release easier.

Step 3: Inserting the The Candles

Now, insert the quantity of candles you prefer; I only placed 4. I treat them as disposable because they are inexpensive. Click Here to see the candles I used.

I accidentally added too much water in my mix, so I sat it outside to allow the water to drain.

Step 4: Removing the Candles

About 30 to 40 minutes later, remove the candles. I used a piece of scrap plastic to clean out the hole and then widen it. This way, the hole was slightly larger than the candle to allow for easy insertion and removal.

I like the bubble holes in the form. If you do not prefer that look, then vibrate the concrete right after pouring it in the form (before it starts to cure). That should remove the majority of the bubbles.

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

Step 5: Sanding

After 48 hours later the concrete is full cured.

I gave it a quick sand with a sanding block.

I then applied a concrete sealer, I used the sealer that looks wet when it is dried.

Step 6: Making the Wood Bottom

I cut 4 pieces 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. I then used a small can to assist on the short side.

I cut the curve out on the band saw. Then sanded 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 and then wiped it off with a rag.

Step 8: Installing Bumpers

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

Step 9: Attaching the Wood to the Concrete

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

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

Step 10: Crossing the Finish Line

Insert the candles, and light it up!!

Enjoy!

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    LeonardJ10

    1 year ago

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

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    Pizzaface

    2 years ago

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

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    Squash

    2 years ago

    Love it!

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    JeffG2

    2 years ago

    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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    diycreatorsJeffG2

    Reply 2 years ago

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

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    JeffG2diycreators

    Reply 2 years ago

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

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    kenyer

    2 years ago

    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.

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    PinoS

    2 years ago

    simple and effective, congratulations.

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    MikeD50

    2 years ago

    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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    ThirdEarthDesign

    2 years ago

    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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