Wedding DIY: Concrete Votives

Image above: de la Barra Photography

For our Fall Wedding shoot, we knew we wanted the table filled with candles. Candles are an easy (and inexpensive) way to add some glamour to a table. Votive projects are always fun and easy. Stylist Ginny Branch Stelling used an unexpected material for this project – concrete. The result is a gray candle with a faux bois look – perfect for our Terrain wedding. Of course, one style of votive wasn’t quite enough – we have another votive project tomorrow! -Amy

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Materials Needed:
Pre-Mixed Concrete
Palette Knife (or butter knife)
Glass Votive

See the full how-to after the jump!

project 3 step 2
Step One: Make sure votive surface is clean and dry.

Step Two: Using the knife, apply the concrete to the votive using smooth strokes downward. Repeat all the way around.

project 3 step 1

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Step Three: Insert a tea light or use as a small bud vase.


Awesome! I actually make/sell essential oil candles on etsy, so I will have to try this out!


Just perfect! I’m not getting married any time soon, but idea will be perfect for my living room to!

Thanks for sharing this :)


Erm, why would anyone do this? Not exactly attractive. To me anyway.


simple & really cute way to add some neutral texture all with a butter knife? sounds like my perfect DIY. Thanks!