I wanted to make some concrete candle holders for our secret garden. Since we live in Flordia, we spend more than half the year entertaining outdoors, so I needed a weatherproof candle holder.
How to Make Concrete Candle Holders
My Inspiration for making these weatherproof Quikrete candle holders was my DIY wooden candle holders. I wanted to use my wooden candle holders outside with my citronella tea lights, but they would eventually rot, so I recreated them with Quikrete.
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Candle Holder Supplies and Tools
Quikrete Countertop Mix
3 inch PVC pipe
1 ¼ PVC pipe
Tree bark (harvested from a fallen tree)
Hanky Paint Pail liners
Last fall Hurricane Sally, unfortunately, destroyed many of our trees. Those destroyed trees have provided us with a huge supply of logs. I have used them to make a hanging planter, live edge table, coasters, candle holders, etc.
However, all the logs I have used outdoors have begun to rot and the bugs love them, therefore I decided I would use my wooden “log” candles as my inspiration to make weatherproof candles. Furthermore, I asked my daughter to make me a new weatherproof live-edge table.
I harvested enough bark from dry tree logs to cover the inside surface of the 3 inch PVC pipes.
Making the Mold
To make the mold I cut three pieces of 3-inch PVC pipe 1.75 3.75, and 5.75 inches.
Since I used the PVC pipe I had on hand this project was budget-friendly, however, making a silicone mold would have been a great idea too.
To attach the bark to the inside of the PVC pipe I used hot glue.
Next, I allowed the glue set up.
Trim the bark even with the top and bottom of the pipe.
After I added bark, I cut plastic to line the inside of the candle mold.
Note: I cut the plastic long enough to overlap the top edge and down a few inches of the outside of the PVC mold.
Then I used hot glue to secure the plastic to the outside of the pipe, making sure the plastic was tight against the bark.
Creating The Tealight Cavity
To create a cavity for the tealight, I used 1¼ inch PVC pipe and duct tape.
First, I cut the PVC pipe about ¾ of an inch long. Then I covered one end with duct tape.
Assembling the Molds
Next, I cut strips of duct tape to cover one end of the 3-inch pipe (you will need to do this for each mold).
Note: I filled the molds from the bottom; in other words, I created them inverted.
I set the cavity’s open end down on the duct tape; then, I centered the 3-inch pipe (candle mold) over the cavity.
Once I was satisfied with the position of both the tealight cavity and the outer mold (that I placed over the tealight mold), I secured the duct tape to the pipe to hold the end tape in place.
Do the same for the other two tubes (molds).
How to Add Color to Cement
To make brown candles, I mixed Quikrete Liquid Cement Colors charcoal and buff to water before adding it to the Quikrete Countertop Mix.
I was delighted it was so easy to achieve the brown I wanted for my “wooden cement” candle holders.
Note: Mix about 6 cups of countertop concrete mix with water and cement color to make a firm but a pliable mixture.
Next, I added the cement mixture to the PVC pipe candle molds. Finally, I gently tapped the molds on my work surface to help remove air bubbles and pack the cement. After 24 hours the concrete appeared to be set, however, I allowed it to set up for 3 days.
To unmold, I made four saw cuts from top to bottom on the outside of the pipe just through the PVC, then I gently peeled off the mold and removed the cavity from the top.
Decorating with Cement and Concrete Candle Holders
I adore my design studio’s garden area. It is a peaceful spot to sip coffee in the mornings and the perfect place to relax in the evenings.
More Cement and DIY Concrete Projects You Might Enjoy
We did a few Crafting outdoor projects with cement in this earlier post.