Tutorial: an original concrete candle holder

A candle holder in the shape of a can, it’s original. And it’s even more so if it’s concrete!

With more than 60 billion units used each year in Europe, cans are among those objects whose shape is recognizable by all. By the way, did you know that from the height of its 21 grams, an aluminum can can support an axial mass of 100 kilos? But we deviate from the subject since it is good to their form that we will be interested in this tutorial. Today we are going to learn how to make a concrete candle holder with a can of soda.

The material

– a quick-set mortar bag or cement
– a trowel
– a cutter
– two tealights
– an empty aluminum can
– a roll of tape
– a tarpaulin
– a container for mixing
Budget: around $30
Duration: 1 hour (not counting the drying time of the concrete )
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1. Start by gently cutting the top of the can with a cutter. Be careful because aluminum is very sharp. This cut can will serve as formwork.
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2. Prepare the mortar mixture. Be sure to respect the dosage and do not add too much water (even if you have the impression that it is missing at the beginning). Indeed, the mixture becomes more and more liquid by mixing.
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3. Pour the mortar into the bobbin. Once the can is full, tape two tealights one on top of the other and position them in the center of the can by pushing them well into the mortar. Then place a flat element on top with a weight for the duration of the drying.
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4. Once the mortar has been thoroughly dried, remove the mold by gently cutting the sides of the can. Be careful not to touch the mortar with the cutter, otherwise you will make traces of it.
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5. Lightly sand the candle holder with a very fine grain if necessary. Depending on the desired final effect, you can apply a coat of special cement varnish to give a waxed concrete look.
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In the end

To make larger objects, it is best to arm the concrete to solidify it. What if you make a stool next time?
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