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How to Make A Beautiful Concrete Cake Stand Using Quikrete

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I’ve been busy mixing up a lot of things this week. One was a batch of pillowy soft oatmeal cookies. The other was a beautiful concrete cake stand using *QUIKCRETE® concrete mix.
Time: 1 Days Cost: $6 Difficulty: Easy
MY INSPIRATION: A CHARMING PAIR OF SQUAT, GLASS CANDLESTICKS THAT I’VE NEVER USE BUT CAN’T SEEM TO PART WITH.
The candle holders made a perfect base for a concrete topper. As for the topper mold, I rummaged through my recycling bin and recovered a clear, plastic take-out box and a rusty, round cake pan.
First, put on those gloves as concrete is VERY caustic to the skin!
Second, since concrete dust is very fine, measure and pour the mix slowly and carefully. Try not to breath in the dust.
Finally, if you are using a metal mold for your cake stand topper, set a large piece of plastic wrap into your mold, making there you have several inches of excess spilling over the sides. Otherwise, you will have one heck of a time unmolding your topper!
STEP 2: MIX CONCRETE
First, sift out most of the larger pieces of gravel for a smoother final product. Then, place 4 cups of concrete mix into your mixing bowl, and stir in 1/2 cup water to start. If the mixture is looking too dry while you stir, add another couple tablespoons until the consistency of your concrete is that of wet oatmeal.
Next, press enough concrete into your mold to reach 1/2″ up the sides of the mold.
NOTE: Make sure the surface of the concrete is PERFECTLY EVEN or your creation will be lopsided!
STEP 3: PLACE YOUR CANDLESTICK
Fill the hole in your candlestick with concrete, then place it hole-side-down in the center of the mold. (This will help it grip to the topper.)
Press another 1/2″ inch of concrete into the mold. (Ideal topper thickness should be between 1 and 1-1/2″. Any thicker will be too heavy and prone to topple.)
For candlesticks with straight sides, press the concrete at least 1/4″ up the sides of the candlestick to secure it in place. If your candlestick has a lip, press the second layer of concrete over the lip to secure.
Smooth out the concrete so that the surface and edges are all even.
Tap the mold to work out any bubbles.
STEP 4: DRY
Allow your cake stand to dry for 24 hours in a well-ventilated area.
STEP 5: UNMOLD
Once dried, set your cake stand right-side-up and peel off the mold. Clear plastic will lift off like a dream!
Here is another cake stand I made using a metal pan, plastic wrap and a candlestick with a lip. Again, the plastic wrap unmolds and peels off with ease.
And you’re done!
As you can see, the scalloped sides of the plastic take-out container made lovely edges!
For the full tutorial as well as how to make your cake stands food-safe, follow the blog post link below!

Materials I used for this project:

  • Quikrete Standard Concrete Mix (4 cups)   (Lowe's)
  • Water   (Da Sink)
  • Plastic take-out container   (Da restaurant)
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To see more: http://keepingupwithmrssmith.com/tutorials/concrete-cake-stand-quikrete/

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  • Diana Wearing
    Diana Wearing Oregon, WI
    on Sep 1, 2016

    Love these! Take out out containers make great molds (price is right too!)

  • Mickey B. & Boo Boo
    Mickey B. & Boo Boo
    on Sep 1, 2016

    Had to see it with my own eyes. Cuz I couldn't believe concrete could be made beautiful. These are! Luv Luv

  • Hannah V
    Hannah V Brooklyn, NY
    on Sep 1, 2016

    Words cannot express how in love I am with this!! swooooon

  • Julianna Smith
    Julianna Smith Homestead, PA
    on Sep 2, 2016

    Great idea!

  • Jeanette S
    Jeanette S Atlanta, GA
    on Sep 2, 2016

    This is just too adorable! This would be particularly cute to have to sit plants higher up into the sunlight. If I could design a house, the kitchen would have lots of windows with deep window ledges for plants and pretty things!

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