How to Make Cement Hand Candle Holders

7 Materials
2 Hours

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Gather supplies

Always wear a mask and gloves when working with concrete. It's best to have a buddy for this project.

Use a piece of cling wrap to protect the candle while the cement cures.

We are using RapidSet cement that is readily available at our local Home Depot. The instructions show to use a 4 to 1 ratio of cement and water--4 parts cement to 1 part water.

Have a buddy hold open a disposable glove. Start by putting the cement in the fingers and work fast. The cement sets in 15 minutes and structural strength in 1 hour. We found making one hand at a time was best.

Mold your cement hand around the candle. Be creative with your design.

We used painter's tape to hold the fingers in place while the cement sets.

Let sit for one hour then remove the glove from the cement hand. This will take a little time to remove all the glove. Use tweezers to help remove small pieces.

Leave the hand natural or spray paint. We used oil rubber bronze for this one.

Use a second candle to drip some wax around the hand.

Have fun and see how many different designs you can create! This cement is great to work with on small projects as you can be completely done in under two hours.

Suggested materials:
  • RapidSet Cement   (Home Depot)
  • Gloves   (Amazon)
  • Mask   (Amazon)
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  • Suzanne L Suzanne L on Nov 12, 2018

    Would like to try to make cell phone holders! Does one type of glove release from the concrete better than another ?

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  • Debbie Debbie on Mar 19, 2017
    Its cute but kind of creepy

  • Jill Ron Pike Jill Ron Pike on Jul 19, 2017
    I can totally see these mounted on a wall. The back (wrist area) would need to be flattened, and some type of wall hanger attached. But YES!!

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    • Marianne Marianne on Jul 29, 2019

      Maybe use the head of a screw or nail to form a hole. I have ceramic witch hands that mount to a wall. There is a hole in the wrist that slides onto a nail or screw.