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Cement Tealight Candle Holders (from Sandwich Bags!)

Super easy tealight holders made with cement, using plastic wrap as a mold.

I have gotten away from having candles in my home over the years because I get chronic migraine headaches and the smell of scented candles will give me a migraine almost instantly.

cement tealight holders


I know there are unscented ones around, but somehow I just stopped buying them. Well lately we have had a record amount of snow and thunderstorms, and we have lost power on probably 40 occasions in a year’s time -and many times for 48 hour periods.

We live in the woods, so any amount of weather seems to take a tree down.

Although we have all kinds of battery operated lanterns, I really wanted some candles too -just something small to light a few areas.

So I bought some tealight candles, but needed something to put them on and didn’t want to have to buy more decorations.

I saw concrete holders like these floating around the internet, but they were all square, and so I thought I would try to make round ones. So far it’s been the easiest concrete/cement project I’ve made.

If you like this project, you may also like the tutorial for the round cement candles I made. Or there’s this tealight holder made with white concrete, and one with a rainbow of colors!

For a complete list, you’ll definitely want to check out the 12 amazing concrete candle holder ideas!

By the way, if you’re interested in making candle holders from any other material, then take a look at this list of 49 candle holder ideas.

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 DIY Difficulty Level | Easy

Materials For Making Cement Tealight Holders

Materials for cement project

Materials for plastic wrap cement tealight holders

Cement Tealight Holder Tutorial Steps

Step 1. Mix The Cement

Mix the cement so that it is the consistency of soft, pliable dough.

Step 2. Press Into Mould

Scoop a small amount onto plastic wrap and gather up into a ball- make it a little smaller than a pool/billiards ball, then press it into a disc shape with the open side up and put it in the Mason jar lid to help shape it.

flattened ball of cement

Cement in jar lid


Mine came out a little big because my ball of cement was bigger than a pool/billiards ball. So to keep yours in better proportion, make sure when you press it into the lid that the sides of the cement disc is about about ¾ of the way to the top of the lid.

You can just remove some of the cement and re-shape it again.

Step 3. Secure Plastic And Press Tealight Mould

Candle in cement with lid

While it’s in the Mason jar lid, use a rubber band to lightly secure the plastic, and then trim the excess. Next, flip it upside down into the lid so that the rubber band side is down.

Mould it into the rounded shape of the lid, then place the tealight into the middle and press (this photo and the one below were taken when I used a battery operated tealight, I forgot to get a pic with the regular tealight candle).

Cement in plastic curing

Take it out of the lid to cure; otherwise, you may not be able to get it out easily.

Step 4. Cure The Cement

Set of cement holders curing

You will let it cure about 1 hour to 1 ½ hours, but after about 40 minutes, remove the rubber band and carefully peel the bottom part of the plastic wrap off. It will be much easier doing it now than when it is fully cured.

Step 5. Remove The Plastic Around Cement Tealight Holder

When it’s cured, remove the rest of the plastic wrap.

cement tealight holders

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