DIY Incense Burner

2 Materials
10 Minutes

Here is a quick and simple idea for a flower incense burner or a votive candle holder.

This is what you will create. The incense burning in the middle is not part of this project, just the cement flower.

First you will need a bowl of white concrete, then add some water and make into a pancake batter consistency. Not too watery but also not too thick.

Then pick any kind of faux flower you like and dip the flower into the mix. Make sure to coat all of the petals in this step.

(this is how I dip my flower)

Next remove the flower once it is fully coated in the cement mix. Try to arrange the flower in the preferred shape. For example, I wanted a flat open flower so I opened the flower from the top and flattened it. You can use a small cup to shape your middle if you want a closed rounded shape.

Finally, wait for it dry overnight. Once it is dry you will a have beautiful flower incense burner. Just stick the incense in the middle and the flower will catch all the ash.

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  • Cary Lafaye Cary Lafaye on May 08, 2022

    I might try this but I could make the center a little smaller and deeper so that I could put a candle in the middle.

  • Beth Beth on May 09, 2022

    I do this with Plaster of Paris. It gives a smoother finish than the concrete does, and yes, it can be colored with a little food coloring or you can paint it after it dries. I have used them to decorate plain lamps, spray painting the whole lamp afterward, and even glueing them to plain wooden cornices I built (I use E-6000) and then painting them white (spray paint). They turned out gorgeous.