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How to make concrete tealight holders

by Timber Press on October 12, 2011

in Craft, Gardening, Popular

To celebrate the release of Concrete Garden Projects, we’re sharing a sneak peek of one of the projects in the book: tealight holders!

These little holders are easy and fun to make—an especially good project for beginners not used to working with concrete. All you need is fine mixed concrete, oil, a paintbrush, a spatula, tealights, and some molds. Try using a variety of molds, such as silicone muffin cups (as seen below) or small plastic containers, like empty sour cream tubs.

1. Begin by oiling the molds. You technically don’t need to oil silicone molds, but it doesn’t hurt to be on the safe side. 2. Oil the underneath and sides of the tealight.
3. Mix the concrete and fill the mold with it to just below the top, stopping the concrete from overflowing when you push in the tealight. 4. Shake the mold to get rid of any air bubbles and to level the concrete’s surface.
5. Press the tealight into the center of the concrete, then leave to set on a flat surface. It will take about 24 hours to set. 6. Carefully remove the holders from the molds, and then wash the molds so that they can be reused.

1 Annie Haven | Authentic Haven Brand October 12, 2011 at 11:48 am

Fun easy craft for the garden Love it!

2 Candice Peaslee, Marketing Associate October 12, 2011 at 12:24 pm

So glad you like it, Annie! :)

3 G Corn October 12, 2011 at 8:37 pm

Great project

4 Chiot's Run October 13, 2011 at 10:31 am

Love cement garden art, these are very fun. Perhaps I’ll make up a batch for gifts. Can’t wait to read through this book and see what other fun projects are contained in it’s pages!

5 Cat Archambault October 13, 2011 at 11:28 am

Nice! And I bet you could make/buy little candles that fit inside without the tin, making the project a no trash project!

6 Bonnie October 13, 2011 at 1:18 pm


7 Candice Peaslee, Marketing Associate October 14, 2011 at 9:04 am

I’m so glad you all are enjoying the project! Make sure to enter our giveaway for a chance to win the book with even more cool concrete project ideas.

8 T. Webster January 7, 2012 at 10:17 am

Wondering if the concrete can be tinted a color?

9 Anna January 29, 2012 at 7:05 am

I start doing candles not long ego ,and i reusse all old glass conteiners,but i will try to do those, looks like a easy to do project. I wonder what more fun ideas is in your book?

10 Mary February 7, 2012 at 2:48 pm

What a fabulous idea! I purchased those cupcake molds and don’t like them for cupcakes. This sounds great!

11 local seo February 23, 2012 at 2:58 am

Its like you read my mind! You appear to know so much about this, like you wrote the book in it or something. I think that you could do with a few pics to drive the message home a little bit, but instead of that, this is magnificent blog. A fantastic read. I will definitely be back.

12 debbie johnson March 5, 2012 at 10:04 am

i love this idea would love to win this giveaway

13 Elaine March 17, 2012 at 3:00 pm

I think these would be really pretty if you added stones, beads or shells along the top!

14 Diana March 19, 2012 at 12:51 pm

Love this idea!! What kind of oil did you use, I want to make a lot of these

15 Bobbie March 22, 2012 at 4:54 am

I’m going to do this but make them deep enough to put a succulent in.

16 gail April 11, 2012 at 6:52 pm

found you through Craft Gossip! great idea with the concrete! :)


17 ColleenB. April 12, 2012 at 5:35 am

What an Awesome and fun project. Love making concrete projects for my gardens.
A person can even use those small tea light battery candles
Thank you for this giveaway opportunity

18 Robin April 12, 2012 at 10:23 am

Awesome and for once I have everything to make them!

19 candylady April 12, 2012 at 11:19 am

What a great idea thanks for sharing. I will have to try and find the molds
and make some for my deck.

20 sandra April 12, 2012 at 2:58 pm

I am so doing this for summer get togethers

21 Cheryl Duffey April 12, 2012 at 8:32 pm

Great idea! I can’t wait to try it!!

22 Bev from Maine April 14, 2012 at 5:12 am

What a great idea…..would be super for a cub scout, brownie, girl scout or blue birds group to make for gifts for parents……Or the hard-to-do grandparents for Christmas,etc. THanks for sharing!!

23 kim April 14, 2012 at 5:05 pm

I used cement color. Tinthandmade mine black and terra cottaa cute and put glitter on them when they set up a bit

24 Katy June 5, 2012 at 10:38 am

Wow great idea!

25 Julie Klein June 28, 2012 at 2:48 pm

Yes concrete can be tinted!
I buy the “oops” cans of paint at Home Depot for concrete projects, like stepping stones in my yard. I just dig the “form” right in the ground right where I want the stepping stone. A little deeper in the middle. :)

26 Brian Ridder, Marketing Coordinator June 28, 2012 at 5:37 pm

Thanks for the tip, Julie!

27 Gina July 31, 2012 at 6:36 pm

I will definitely add this to my list of things to do! Thanks!

28 Brian Ridder August 1, 2012 at 10:23 pm

Hi Gina! Thanks for saying hello and be sure to let us know how it turns out.

29 Shelly G September 18, 2012 at 10:25 am

Comment: We took a wrought iron wall hanging and pressed it into our entry floor ( concrete floor tiles and then a slurry of concret in the middle) pressed the 3 x 4 framed piece into the slurry … it looks amazing…

30 Brian Ridder September 19, 2012 at 10:07 am

Great idea, Shelly. Thanks for sharing!

31 Linda February 16, 2013 at 7:56 pm

Just bought some 50% off Valentine molds at Walmart…thanks for the idea!

32 Judy Dobson June 3, 2013 at 9:08 am

I love this idea!! Cute

33 sandi June 15, 2013 at 10:05 am

Love these!!

34 sylvia February 10, 2014 at 4:42 pm

Love this!!! Can someone tell me what kind of oil is used? Thanks–rosebudsylvia@aol.com

35 Brian Ridder February 11, 2014 at 1:27 pm

Hi Sylvia,

In answer to your question: we used regular old vegetable oil.

Here is a link to the book from which the project came: Concrete Garden Projects

Good luck!

36 Mary Ann Peddle February 26, 2014 at 4:09 pm

I can not wait to make these

37 Brian Ridder February 27, 2014 at 11:33 am

Thanks for the comment, Mary Ann. Let us know how they turn out!

38 Jason Roland October 30, 2014 at 6:37 am

How cute are these? These would make a great craft project with a group of friends. Since I work with concrete all day long, maybe a good gift for my wife! Thanks for sharing!

39 Elizabeth April 30, 2016 at 8:15 am

I go camping every year, we dont have access to electricity, and all of our candles need to be covered or in a candle holder (so they dont fall over and burn down the campsite) this would be great to make for all different sized candles too! and they would catch the wax! love this!

40 Brian Ridder May 2, 2016 at 10:42 am

Thanks for the comment, Elizabeth. Have fun camping this year!

41 patty davenport May 11, 2017 at 7:14 am

Love this idea! Will be doing it,and putting them around my pond. Just found this site. Wish I’d known earlier there was a contest to enter. It sounds like a great book.

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