How to Make a Concrete Candle

I’ll show you how to make a 3-wick concrete candle with just a margarine dish and some tea lights! The perfect DIY décor for any rustic or industrial style!

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If you were following along with my crazy 6-week Guest Bedroom Renovation, then you know that I still have a few DIYs to share with you! I made this simple concrete candle holder with tea lights in no time at all with an old margarine dish! I can’t wait to show you how to make your own concrete candle for less than $5!

Image of empty butter containers to use as a mold for the concrete candle

Put away the power tools… This project doesn’t need any! Don’t let working with concrete intimidate you, it’s a lot easier to work with than you think. This is the perfect concrete project to get you started!

How to make a concrete candle


Bag of concrete
Old margarine dish (or other plastic container)
Tea lights
Clear sealer

Step-by-step tutorial

Concrete mix being collected into the mold for the concrete candle

The first step is to get your concrete ready. Fill your plastic dish with concrete and pour it into your mixing bowl. Always use gloves when handling concrete mix!

Stirring the concrete mixture

Add water, as per bag instructions, and stir until you get a smooth consistency. You want as many lumps gone as possible!

WD-40 to keep the concrete candle from sticking to the butter container

Spray the inside of your containers with WD-40 (<– This is my secret weapon!). This will prevent concrete from sticking to the sides of the container.

concrete mixture inside of the butter container

Pour your concrete into your containers. Pat the containers on the counter a bit to make sure the air bubbles are out.

placing the tea candles in the concrete mixture to make the concrete candle

Finally, place your tea lights wherever you would like them to go (leaving the metal wrapper on). I placed mine around the center. They will rise up a bit. You can come back in a few minutes and push them down a bit more – as the concrete settles, they will too.

Leave your candles to dry for a week. When they are set, you should be able to bend the plastic container off and slide the concrete candle right out! You can also take out the tea lights, and bend the metal wrapper until it pops out.

Clear spray paint to protect the concrete candle

Finally, I use a clear spray paint to seal the candle holders and protect them.

I LOVE the look of these 3-wick candles. Finding a way to DIY one is even better!

Concrete candle holder with 3 tea light candles
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Close up image of 3 tea lights in concrete candle
Concrete candle holder with tea light candles
Concrete candle holder on table with plant and picture
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I used this candle to decorate my Industrial Guest Bedroom and I LOVE how it looks in this space :)

Image of an industrial designed bedroom

Or if concrete décor inspires you, see how I made these awesome concrete vases!

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24 thoughts on “How to Make a Concrete Candle

  1. So cute!! I have leftover quikcrete and am always on the lookout for fun things to do with it. This will be it! Thanks!

  2. Hello from Ontario, hope you and your family were save from the
    terrible fires, love your beautiful girls, your dogs, and the cement candle

    1. Awww… thank you so much! I’m so glad you said hi! My family was a little way away from the fires thankfully, but it definitely affected a lot of people around us.

  3. Wow! I wouldn’t have thought that concrete in a margarine container could make a nice candle holder, but it really can! I love how simple the project was, and that you can add as many or as few candles as you want, depending on how big the container you use is. I definitely want to try this out on my own; it’ll make a nice addition to my other tea light candle holders. Thanks for the idea!

  4. Love this! I have never tried using concrete for any project but I would love to try after seeing so many possibilities, it looks easy! Thanks for sharing it with us at Two Uses Tuesday, I am featuring this next week, congratulations!

  5. Love this idea, thinking this as a house warming gift for my daughter! With being concrete…fire issue none! As long as it is in a very open space! Oh, and felt on the bottom for not scratched tables! I love this idea!

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