DIY Islamic concrete candle holders – The perfect Ramadan craft or Eid gift, mosques, stars and moon! (Free template to download)

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Salaam Aleikum,

During this term at the uni I took a course about children development. Among the books we read was about how to be creative with kids and they also said that concrete is one material children in preschool rarely have the chance to become acquainted with. This is because concrete is usually a material most women don’t use themselves (I guess this book was written long before the concrete-trend in the blog world 😉 ). Anyway, it inspired me to plan an activity with the kids for this Ramadan involving concrete. And it was truly a hit!

We were a group who made this together with a total number of 6 children between the ages 4 and 8 making concrete mosques, stars and moon 🙂 This is a fun craft to make in the beginning of Ramadan (then you can have beautiful candle holders during Ramadan) or in the end of Ramadan (to make easy and cheap Eid gifts). Yes, this is a very cheap craft if you use the concrete from hardware stores ( i Sverige ligger priset på runt 30-50 kr på en 25-kg påse).

Bismillah, lets do this 🙂 First you will need:

Concrete mix (använd finbetong, jag använde mig av märket Finja. Det finns att köpa i de flesta byggvaruhus)

A bucket and a spade to mix the concrete with

Gloves (concrete makes your skin dry)

Plastic spoons

Milk cartons

Masking tape

Scissors

Some kind of transparent plastic film or paper

Printed Islamic concrete templates (download the free template at the bottom of the post)

Liquid rubber or latex milk (latexmjölk eller formlatex) BUT, this is not necessary if you blend the concrete thick and not runny.

A brush for the latex

Candle holders. Also not necessary, but it definitely looks more nice with them but you could easily just put in a candle in the mold to make the hole.

Sandpaper or sharp knife’

Felt feet

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1. Start by cutting you milk cartoons in stripes. Don’t make them to thin depending on how thick you want your concrete candle holder to be.

2. Print your template and place your transparent film or paper above it.

3. Start tracing your template with the milk cartoons. Always use the waxed side of the cartoon to the inside of the mold. Outside out and inside in. This step will take some time. The stars are easier to begin with since they only consists of square edges (and no round-like shapes which the dome of the mosques are). Put the carton along the lines and secure them to the paper with masking tape. Use a lot of tape to secure it, don’t leave any gaps!

4. Mosques: If you are making a mosque you need to trace and cut out the hole for the candle. Trace the candle holder and tape it to the mold. Be sure here there are no gaps and that the candle holder is “inside” the mold, the edges should NOT be outside the mold. If the edges are outside the mold the candle holder will stick up from the concrete when you take it out of the mold. You want the candle holders to be invisible when you look at it from the front. AND, use a lot of tape to secure the bottom of the mosques. The mold will bend a bit when you put the concrete in and this might make the bottom skewed if you don’t tape enough.

5. Last step is to brush the latex milk in the shape. Wash the brush immediately afterwards, otherwise it will leave latex pieces in the brush which are very hard to remove. Leave to dry.

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6. Mix the concrete according to the directions on the package. Start by putting a couple inches of water in the bottom of my bucket, then pour in the concrete mix. (Om du använder dig av Finjas finbetong blandar du 1,5 dl vatten per 1 kg betong. Du kan ha i lite mer vatten i mixen)

7. Scoop the concrete out and fill a thin layer in the bottom with the plastic spoon. Press the concrete down and make it a tight layer, with the spoon or your hand. And then it’s time to shake. Shake the mold by grabbing the paper and shake it back and forth. Then pick it up (just lift in the corners on one side) and tape it or hit it back down again on the table. The shaking and the hitting helps you get all those air bubbles out of the concrete. Shaking the mold also makes the surface really nice and smooth, always finish by shaking it a bit. (You can see the difference in the picture below, before and after I shook the mold).

8. Continue filling the mold til your satisfaction. If you are making a star or moon you need to fill the mold so much so that a candle holder will fit. Push them in gently, shake a bit, push them in more (if you need) and then shake. Use pebbles, money or marbles as weights to keep the candle holders down. They might float up a bit otherwise.

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IMG_1563 9. Now it’s time for the fun part, or not 😉 The part when you need to wait for the concrete to fully set and dry. I waited one day before I removed the shape, but I believe it was completely dry after two days. You will probably need to sandpaper some sharp edges (you can use a knife also). BUT, if you have made the mosques it is a good idea to take them out of the molds after one day and test if it can stand straight. Otherwise you might need to sandpaper the bottom to make it straight.

Here is a good example of the difference between shaking the mold during the filling and not. Many little air bubbles…

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10. Time to decorate! I used mostly paint from Martha Stewart, I love those in metallic, pearl and glitter! I used a gold art metallic paint (using gold leafs would look so beautiful on these mashallah but I wanted something kiddo-friendly). The other shimmering colors are from Martha’s Pearl Acrylic Craft Paint series (den stora burken med turkos skimmerfärg är dock från Panduro).

It might be a good idea to place felt feet under the stars and moon. The concrete can be a bit rough and make scratches on your table.

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12 Responses to DIY Islamic concrete candle holders – The perfect Ramadan craft or Eid gift, mosques, stars and moon! (Free template to download)

  1. Gemma Elizabeth 4 July, 2015 at 08:35 #

    Salaam,
    What a lot of fun! I never thought of using concrete but I looks very easy for the kids to do, and I can imagine they would love it!
    Thank you for sharing.

  2. Afshan 10 July, 2015 at 18:59 #

    What wonderful idea! Jazakallah Khair for sharing! I can’t wait to try these out!

  3. Aida 12 July, 2015 at 14:05 #

    Salaam,

    you did such an amazing job! I love your style and got really inspired! Thank you for sharing and ramadam kareem 🙂

  4. Umme H 1 May, 2016 at 20:57 #

    Salam,
    I would love a template for the Ramadan Mubarak lanterns. Is it the same as the suncatcher lanterns? your work is beautiful!

  5. Zeinab 2 June, 2016 at 14:49 #

    So beautiful Masha Allah Ramdan Mubark

  6. Amana 22 February, 2017 at 23:05 #

    AoA

    MashAllah you are so talented! All of your stuff is beautiful!

    Is there a template for that Ramadan banner? It’s the best one I’ve seen MashAllah

    JazahkAllah

    • hiba 28 April, 2017 at 12:59 #

      any idea where to get the banners printables??

  7. Umm Sulayman 29 March, 2017 at 16:03 #

    salaam aleikom

    Så fin inspiration du bjuder på! Ska inshAllah prova på det här med min pysselgrupp men då vi träffas under 2 timmar undrar jag om det går att tejpa istället för att använda latexmjölken? eller hur lång tid tar det för den att torka? Det vill säga hinner man med att fylla formarna på 2 timmar?

    Må Allah belöna dig

    Umm Sulayman

    • Sweet Fajr 10 April, 2017 at 21:39 #

      wa aleikum salaam!

      Mashallah! Vad kul! Det torkar snabbt, ca 15 min bara och det räcker med ett tunt lager. Jag har testat att göra utan och jag tycker det blir bättre med latexmjölken, betongen rinner igenom tejpen annars och kanten blir inte så fin. Ni kommer nog hinna inshallah på den tiden, stjärnorna går snabbast att göra 🙂

      Amin, wa iyyaki <3 Lycka till!

  8. hiba 28 April, 2017 at 12:54 #

    Are there any printables for the “RAMAZAN MUBARAK” garland in the bakground??From where did u get it?
    Lovely project!!

  9. Salisha Ali 30 April, 2017 at 16:12 #

    Assalamu Alikum
    Do you have a download printable for this banner??…would really appreciate it 🙂

  10. Ana 11 May, 2017 at 08:47 #

    Wow this is so creative! Mashallah! By the way I love the banner! It is gorgeous Mashallah! Do you have a printout for it?

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