DIY Cement Hand Tealight Holder

While we were recently working with cement, we had a brainstorming idea!  Since we love Halloween a lot, we decided to try making a Cement Hand to hold our tealights, and the results were awesome! 

In our last post, DIY Cement Tealight Holders, we showed you how to mix up your Quikrete Anchoring Cement, so you should be up to date on that part of the process.  So, now that you have mixed your cement, take your latex glove and carefully pour the cement in the fingers first so that they fill up, then fill the rest of the glove, but make sure you keep enough room at the top of the glove so you can twist the end together and clamp it off with a binder clip.

Next, lay the glove on a flat surface to dry.  To get your fingers to stand up in the air, slide the glove filled with cement up against a box to hold up the fingers. 

Then, take one of your laundry detergent caps that we used in making our other cement tealight holders, and hold it in place in the middle of the palm of your hand.  Keep holding the cap in place until you feel the cement start to harden.  (pushing down on the cap also helps get rid of any air bubbles you might get under the glove)  Keep pressing down on the cap until the entire hand has hardened, which is about 5-10 minutes.  Once the hand is formed well, let it sit for about another 10 minutes to cure properly.

Take off the binder clip and carefully cut the glove with scissors off the cement hand.  Work carefully around each finger, as part of the glove will be caught under the grooves of the bent fingers and you might need tweezers to remove all the glove in this area.  NOTE:  While making our first cement hand, we noticed that when we bent the fingers up against a box, the cement did not completely fill each finger to the tip, but that’s ok because it looks like a finger or two was cut off, just perfect for a Halloween effect! 

You now have a finished cement hand to hold your tealight candle, or perhaps you can fill the indent in the palm with paperclips!  If you use a cap large enough, the indent you make could possibly hold a drinking glass and use the cement hand as a coaster!  The possibilities are endless, but be creative, have fun, and make sure you wear your own pair of gloves when working with any kind of cement! 

If you make any Cement Hands yourself, please share with us what you have made!

DIY Cement Candle Holder

Experimenting with cement is something that we were not used to, so we decided to pick some up and see what we could make.  We decided to create our own Cement Tealight Candle Holders from everyday containers we have around the house, like an empty Nyquil bottle, a butter container, etc.  The results were fantastic! 

 

We purchased Quikrete Anchoring Cement from Lowes in a 10 lb. bucket for about $9.00 and started mixing it in a small empty sour cream container with a wooden spatula.  We used a cement to water ratio of 5 tablespoons of cement to 2 tablespoons of water.  The cement consistency should be like a thick pancake batter.  If it is too soupy, add a little more cement.  After your cement is mixed up well, you need to work really fast with this cement as it dries quickly (within 10 minutes), and make sure you wear rubber gloves when working with cement as this cement actually gets hot when working with it. 

Take the container of your choice and pour the cement into the container very carefully, then take your “cap” (laundry detergent cap, milk bottle cap, etc.) and place it in the center of your container and push down.  (the cap is making the “indent” to hold your tealight candle) Now hold the cap steadily in place as the cement hardens. 

Once you feel that the cement is getting harder around your cap, start slowly turning your cap around in a circle motion so your cap does not get cemented in.  Once you feel that the cement has hardened enough around your cap, slowly lift the cap up.  (we found that by drilling a small hole in the center of the cap makes it easier to lift it out of the cement.  The reason being is that while the cement is curing, there is still water in the cement that sucks the cap into the cement, so the having a hole in the cap makes it easier to release it)  Once the cap has been removed, the cement is pretty much hardened, but you can still smooth out some rough spots (if any) in the cement with your fingers, but make sure you touch the cement only with gloves on.  Let the container sit for a few minutes, then try to release the cement from your container. 

If you use a container where the cement does not come out, you might have to use an exacto knife to cut down the side of the container carefully to remove the cement candle holder.  Or, you can use those waxy containers they have for chili or soup and just peel the waxy paper away from the cement for removal.   Once your candle holder is completely hardened, you can use sandpaper to lightly sand it if there are any rough edges. 

IDEA:  You can also use your different containers and not make an indent in them and create some cement coasters too!

That’s all there is to it, but after you make your first one, you will understand completely the steps above and you will be on your way to making your own cement candle holders.   Now, for the fun & creative part…. you can head on over to your favorite Dollar Store and pick up a glass shade for about $1 to set on top of your cement base!  I actually had a small glass shade that I took off of another candle holder and placed it on top of the cement holders I made, and it looked great!  But wait!  If you know me, I had a creative thought and went one step further – I went to my computer and made a small patriotic design to fit the inside of the glass shade, printed it out on a transparency, then inserted it into the glass.  WOW, instant patriotic charm!  But, if you were worried that the tealight would melt the transparency, use a battery operated tealight candle! 

If you make any cement candle holders with my instructions above, please send me your photographs of what you made and I’ll add them in a follow-up post!  Good luck & be creative, the results will amaze your friends and family that you made something this fabulous!

Don’t Lose Your Head

Cement Skull

We think about Halloween all the time, and there’s only 266 days left until it’s here!  We are always looking for new & unique items to bring to you to enhance your Halloween decorating and enlarge your prop collection. 

 
We are proud to announce our new CEMENT SKULLS for Halloween that you can use in your own “Home Haunt” or hang on your wall in your home.  No matter where you decide to place it, it will definitely be a conversation piece!  Skull weighs in at a little over 3 pounds 11 ounces and is approximately 7 1/2″ x 5″ x 2 1/2″.   Each skull that is made will be slightly different from the photo shown due to how the cement dries.  When you place your order for your skull, we will start your mold for you and it will take a few days for the skull to completely dry before we can ship it to you.  Any questions, let us know!  We are here to enhance your scare factor for Halloween!  Keep checking back on our website for additional cement items, as we will be adding more items!  www.themesnthings.com
 
And for an example, you can even add “eyes” to your stone skull for a more eerie look!