DIY: concrete tealight holders

A few weeks ago I came across a DIY project by the girls at wholovesthat.com. I decided this might be a cool project to take on and it didn’t seem too hard.

However, this was quite tricky with only one person (i.e me) so if you’ve got a friend or partner who can help with pouring conrete that would be preferable.

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You will need:

Concrete – 10kg bag from Bunnings for $3
Plastic bucket – $1 from The Reject Shop
Wooden spoons/sticks
Plastic or paper moulds in different shapes and sizes
Vaseline
Spray paint or paint
Masking tape
Rocks/pebbles
Sandpaper

I purchased all of my supplies from Bunnings, The Reject Shop and Woolworths.


1.
 If you’re using plastic moulds, use vaseline to line the iniside of the moulds to the desired height (concrete doesn’t stick to plastic but I wanted to make sure I’d be able to get my mould out).Processed with VSCOcam with f2 preset

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2.
Mix your concrete as per the instructions on the bag.


3.
Pour the conrete into your moulds, working fairly quickly. Take the smaller moulds (where the tealight candle will sit) and place it in the middle of the mould and secure with rocks (I used some from my garden).Processed with VSCOcam with f2 preset


4.
I gave the concrete 24 hours to set before I started to take the holders out of their moulds.

Processed with VSCOcam with f2 presetUsing a small piece of sandpaper, rub down any hard or sharp edges on your moulds. Also take a wet cloth to remove any excess conrete dust and/or vaseline residue.

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5.
Prep your moulds with masking tape to make different patterns or designs.

Processed with VSCOcam with f2 presetWhen using spray paint, make sure you’ve followed the instructions on the label and start spraying your moulds. Leave to dry for one hour before applying another coat or within 24 hours.

6. Voila! Conrete tealight holders complete.

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