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DIY Cement Vases

May 05, 2015
Angie Ramirez

DIY Cement Vases 

After using cement for the first time last month and I knew right away that I’d be making these DIY vases from concrete mix in the near future. The bonus is that these are not only super easy to make, but the materials are also very inexpensive! You can make these cement vases out of almost any soft plastic or paper cup. If you don’t have access to either of those, soda cans work too. Now that spring is here, it's time to get out and enjoy the weather while crafting something for the home, and this craft is the perfect outside project!

The best thing about these DIY vases is that they’re super versatile!  Once your candle is burned out, simply use it as a planter in the summer and as a key or accessory holder during off-season for a complete new look! This is what we call a 2-in-1 craft for the same price. Use your vase as a centerpiece, a bookcase or side table décor piece, and even a kitchen accessory to add a little modern look and freshness to your home.


•    A small bag of ready to mix concrete mix (Costs about $1.99)
•    Several paper cups in the same size
•    Unscented, small votive candles
•    Fresh flowers
•    Paint, painter's or washi tape
•    Paint brush


Remember to use protection when handling the cement. In a large bowl, add 3 parts cement, 1 cup water and mix well. Add more water or concrete mix as necessary, until mixture has a smooth consistency.

Add the concrete mix into the paper cups filling until two-thirds full. Place the unscented candles in the middle of the cup. Add more concrete mix on the sides if necessary. Place something heavy on top of the candle to keep the candle from floating to the top.

Let dry for at least 48 hours.

Once dry, remove the paper cup by peeling of the sides.

DIY Cement Vases 

Paint and decorate your cement candle vases in a design of your choice using paint and washi or painter’s tape.

DIY Cement Vases 

Once the candle has burned out, fill the vase with water and place your flowers inside.

DIY Cement Vases 

What other easy DIY projects have you made out of cement?

Photos courtesy Angie Ramirez.

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