DIY: Concrete Candle Project

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By: Victoria Hudgins
 
Here's an inexpensive way to get in on a simple urban trend for your wedding! Concrete can give a simple/pretty utilitarian look when used in the right way and is one of the cheapest materials to work with.A large bag of concrete sells for about three dollars at your local hardware store and one bag could make an estimated 100 candles! For three dollars (plus the cost of the tapers).
 
 
Materials:
  • Paper Cups
  • Tapers or votives
  • Concrete Mix
  • Water
  • Spoon
  • Protective Mask
 
Step One:
Mix the concrete with the water according to your package directions. Work in small batches and wear a mask to prevent inhaling the powder.
 
 
Step Two:
Once mixed, pour the concrete into your paper cups. You could pre-measure a line inside your cups for a consistent height or pour in varying amounts for a more organic look.
 
 
Step Three:
Place a taper candle (or votive if your prefer) into each paper cup. Twist down toward the bottom of the mixture to secure.
 
 
Step Four:
Let dry overnight (or for 24 hours). Then, cut a slit in the top of each paper cup.
 
 
Step Five:
Begin unwinding the paper from the concrete. If fully dry it will come right off!
 
 
Display Idea:
Place a grouping of these to center each table, or make them in mass to back your ceremony stage.
 
 
They look pretty lining windowsills...on a shelf or other bare surface.
 
 
Photos by: Victoria Hudgins
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Last Updated: January 20, 2015 at 12:10 pm
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