These stylish DIY candle holders would easily be at home in any top-end home decor store, but you can create your own for only a few pounds, using simple ingredients! A fantastic gift for Christmas, or the ideal centrepiece for Christmas dinner and beyond, check out Penelope Quinn’s tutorial below, and discover how to create these yourself.
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First, prepare your cement mix according to the manufacturer’s instructions. Note that some cement will need sand or builders mix before they will start to bind, others are ready to pour. Try to go for quick dry cement in the smoothest mix possible if you can find it! Mix the concrete so it is about the consistency of cake mix – it shouldn’t be too runny or dry.
Blow up your balloon (silicone is best – the thicker the better! This will help the balloon’s shape hold up under the weight of the cement) and wrap a piece of tulle around it. Secure with a tie.
Next, use your masking tape to secure the balloon firmly to the small bucket.
Now it’s time to apply your concrete. Start from the top, and carefully pat the mixture into the tulle.
When you need to add more cement, my tip is to keep adding it to the top of the balloon, and gently pressing the concrete down, until it starts to flow down the sides.
Keep going until over half of the balloon is covered.
TIP: Always wear gloves when doing this step, and don’t forget to put down some paper to protect your surfaces, it will get very messy!
Leave to set for 24 hours, then when it feels dry and solid, cut the top of the balloon, and allow the air to leak out. Carefully peel away the tulle and dust off any excess sand with a brush.
Use spray paint or acrylic paint to decorate your DIY candle holders – gold, copper and champagne gold look fantastic on the inside!
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