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Picture of Contemporary Concrete Candle - Easy, Cheap, Quick
These “milk carton” concrete candle holders are easy, cheap and do not take a lot of effort to make - what’s not to like?

The raw concrete with it’s small imperfections can be a powerful contrast against clean lines in a minimalist styled setting.

There are loads of possibilities to customise and embellish the basic structure to personalise your creation; vary the height, add die to the concrete mix, stick foam board letters inside the moulds etc.

Step 1: Making the Mould

Picture of Making the Mould
First create the basic mould by cutting the top off the milk carton. Milk cartons are a great starting point for a mould as it has a coating on the inside that acts like a release agent.

Then cut a strip of cardboard that fits around the tea light. Fold the cardboard strip around the tea light and tape the ends. The strip only needs to go around the circumference once. Tape the ends of the tea light as well. As a final flourish fix a piece of tape with the sticky side out at one end of the “tea light tape cylinder”.

Carefully place the tape covered tea light at bottom of the milk carton with sticky side down. Try to centre it best you can.

Mould done, next concrete!

WWigderson24 days ago
Ty... I have arthritis in my hands & was worried about getting it out. I’m gonna try this-it’s beautiful!
WWigderson24 days ago
How do you get the tea light mold out after it sets...wouldn’t it be very difficult?
K makes (author)  WWigderson24 days ago
Getting the tea light out is not difficult. Just remove the flashing and pull out the tea light. The packing tape doesn’t really stick to the concrete and the cardboard gives some wiggle room. I didn’t need tools for this step
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Very nice! I like the way the air bubbles look so it's not perfectly smooth :)