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Make a Rustic Concrete Candle Holder

SAFETY FIRST: Ask an adult to help with tools you haven't used before.

This stylish tea light candle holder makes a great gift.


  • Two 1″ x 4″ x 17 1⁄2″ boards
  • Two 1″ x 4″ x 3 1⁄2″ boards
  • One 1″ x 16″ board
  • Six  1⁄2″ x  1⁄2″ long wooden dowels
  • Six  1⁄2″ x 1″ long wooden dowels
  • Cross-cut saw
  • Drill and 3⁄32″ drill bit (To pre-drill all screw holes)
  • 22 1 1⁄4″ wood screws
  • Six 1″ wood screws
  • One 10-lb box of quick-drying cement
  • Spray cooking oil
  • Bucket in which to mix the cement
  • Kitchen gloves
  • Garden trowel
  • 10 tea light candles
  • Dust mask
  • Coarse sandpaper
  • Hammer
  • Glue gun
  • Six 1⁄2″ felt furniture pads


1. Cut all the frame boards and dowels to size.

2. Assemble the wooden cement form and place it on a level surface.

3. Spray a liberal amount of cooking oil inside the form so the hardened concrete will not stick to the wood form.

4. Follow the cement mixing directions and trowel the cement into the form. Oil the five tea candles and push them into the wet cement. Lightly tap the sides of the form with the hammer to help level the cement.

5. When the cement is nearly hardened, carefully remove the five embedded tea candles and discard. The cement hardens quickly, so keep an eye on it. Smooth and widen the sides and bottom of the empty candle holes with a strip of sandpaper glued to a dowel. This will slightly enlarge the candle holes so the tea candles will drop in easily when the candle holder is complete.

6. After the cement is completely hardened, unscrew the form and carefully remove it, saving the bottom for last. Put on the dust mask and sand all the edges and corners. Use the glue gun to glue the 1⁄2″ x 1″ wooden dowels into the holes in the bottom of the candle holder. These will be the feet. Glue the felt pads onto the bottom of each dowel. Drop five tea candles into place. Your concrete candle holder is complete.


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