DIY Concrete Votives

August 28, 2015 | By | Comments (0)
Photo by Ashleigh Jayne Photography

Photo by Ashleigh Jayne Photography

Wedding season is in full force and here at Southern Living, we couldn’t be more thrilled. We’ll be bringing you weekly wedding-related posts—DIY ideas, etiquette tips, real weddings and more. This week, we’re taken by the rustic feel of this creative DIY project from Alyssa Arlene Events!

The Project: DIY Concrete Votives

Level: Moderate

Timeline: Two to four weeks before the wedding reception

Concrete Mix
Mold (we used an empty soda can)
Painter’s tape
Metallic Paint


  1. Follow directions on concrete and prepare mixture accordingly. Combine 1 part concrete to 4 parts sand. Add a small amount of water and mix.
  2. Pour the mixture into your mold and gently tap to even out concrete. Create the desired size of your votive by placing a candle on top of the wet concrete, and gently pressing down. You may want to place a heavier object on top of your candle to ensure it stays in place while the concrete sets. Let the votive dry for 8-12 hours.
  3. Gently pull or cut the mold off. If you used a soda can, be sure to wear gloves. Use painter’s tape to create your desired design, and brush on metallic paint.

Pro Tip: Dip your votives into the paint for an even quicker turn-around time.


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