Round Cement Christmas Candle
A cute DIY Christmas décor tutorial. Use a plastic ball to make a round cement Christmas candle!
This project started out as something different which I will show you in an upcoming tutorial. As I was working on that project, lots of different ideas came to me on what else I could make with cement and these plastic bouncy balls. Since we are coming upon the Holiday season, I thought I could make cement Christmas candles using these balls. There’s a whole bunch of materials needed for this, but considering the number of materials, these were incredibly easy to do. So much fun!
Check out another cool Christmas tutorial for wine cork planter ornaments here!
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Difficulty level- Easy
- Cement All, Rapid Set
- Plastic Balls (3) 2 1/8″
- Bottle caps (3)
- Iridescent paint in Gold
- X-acto blade
- Hot glue gun
- Latex/nitrile gloves- lots of them
- Plastic cup (for scooping cement)
Round Cement Christmas Candle Tutorial Steps
Step 1 | Prepare Plastic Ball For Cement Mould:
Step 2 | Mix The Cement:
Mix the cement by adding water to the mix a little at a time and mix it thoroughly so there are no lumps. It should be a little thicker than a thick milkshake. Pour it into the balls or just use your gloved hand to squeeze the mix into the ball. Then use your finger to spread it around and mould it around the inside of the ball to smooth it. You may need to wait a minute so it sets slightly so it sticks to the sides better. Let the balls cure for at least 1½ hours.
If the moulds for the cement Christmas candles has not fully cured, it won’t be shiny when you remove the plastic, instead it will be matte and look more like raw concrete/cement. I wanted mine to be shiny, so made sure to wait at least 1½ hours. You can peel back part of it to check and if it’s shiny, then you are all set. However, if you peel it back and it’s not shiny, then it’s not ready and the part you peeled won’t ever become shiny.
Step 3 | Prep The Bottom -optional:
If you are concerned about the ball candles rolling around, then follow this step. I am okay with mine not standing up perfectly straight, and prefer them not straight up, however, it is probably safer to have some support.
Once the balls are mostly cured, take the bottle caps and flip them so the inside is facing upward. Then place a small piece of plastic wrap on top of it. Mix up a little cement, if you don’t have some leftover and just press it into the bottle caps. Next, take one of the curing balls- still with the plastic on, and press it into the bottle cap with cement to make an indent. Do that for each ball candle you make. Let them cure about half an hour. Now you can use those to support your ball candle while you are working on it.
Step 4 | Demould The Round Cement Ball:
Remove the plastic ball casing. Use the X-acto blade to remove the plastic by slicing it carefully. Just pull outward to avoid scratching the cement, and then peel the plastic off.
Step 5 | Paint The Christmas Candle:
Paint the inside of the candleholder.
Step 6 | Melt The Candle Wax:
While the paint is drying, melt the wax.
Take a saucepan and fill it half way with water, then put a glass measuring cup inside (I put mine on a rubber gripper to protect the pan’s coating from getting scratched). Turn the heat on to med-low and stir occasionally with the craft stick. The wax will turn clear when melted.
Step 7 | Fasten The Candle Wick:
Once the paint is dry (you can use a hair dryer to speed up the drying time if you need to), glue your wick to the bottom with hot glue and trim the wick so that it will be ¼” higher than where you want your wax to end.
Step 8 | Pour The Wax For The Cement Christmas Candle:
Pour in the wax, leaving ¼” of the wick free of wax. Be careful when you pour because the wax is very oily and it will stain the cement. Let it solidify, about an hour.
The go ahead and light up your cute cement Christmas candles!