Our little blog was down for a few days, but we’re back and I have a confession to make. Playing with concrete makes me scared. Well, it used to anyway 😉 Now I think I’m ever so slightly addicted. It’s sooo much fun and actually pretty easy. If you can mix plaster of Paris, you can mix concrete. So without too much further ado, may I introduce you to my first ever concrete creation. A dreamy, broken wine goblet filled with swirling fairy lights resting on a concrete base.
Doesn’t that just look so pretty? I really love the way the concrete contrasts so beautifully with the ethereal, light-filled wine goblet. Wanna make one too?
What You Need to Make Concrete Fairy Lights
- Broken Wine Goblet or Empty Glass
- Plastic Lids or Small Glass Bowl
- Fairy Lights
- Duct Tape
- A Straw
I used Sculptcrete, which is available locally here in South Africa. It’s super fine and sets reasonably quickly. If you’re in the States or Canada you can use Rapid Set Cement All instead. Here’s another confession. I always thought that concrete and cement were the same thing 😀 But concrete is normally a mix of three pieces, cement (which comes in a powder form); additives and water. When cement is mixed with water it basically becomes the glue that holds everything together to form concrete.
To Make the Concrete Mix
- A Jug of Water
- Plastic Mixing Containers with a wide mouth to make it easier to mix the concrete.
- Measuring Cups – I just used the lids from a spray cans
- Gloves – if you don’t want to lose your fingerprints 😉
- Dust Mask– trust me that that fine cement powder goes everywhere
- Plastic Knife
- Optional Extras
- Concrete Colour or Stain. You can also use acrylic paints
- Additives like peat, sand, perlite, vermiculite, bits of paper etc. if you want to roughen things up a little 😉
Mixing the Concrete
All concrete mixes come with instructions that are pretty easy to follow. But here’s the thing – the more water you add, the longer it takes to dry and the weaker the end product will be. So if you want to build a house, use less water 😉 We’re just making a small base for the wine goblet so I didn’t measure exactly. You want to end up with a mixture that’s a little goopy. I found it easier to add little bits of water at a time until the mixture resembled thick whipped cream. Once you have the consistency you’re looking for simply pour or scoop the concrete into your mold.
Preparing the Mold for the Concrete Mix
For the mold, I just used a clean, rounded, plastic lid. No idea where it came from, but a small glass bowl would work too. You can also make your own mold using this easy, two-ingredient recipe. Since I wanted to hide the battery pack for the fairy lights inside the base, I needed to add bits of cardboard around the battery pack, to make it wider. The whole thing was then wrapped in duct tape to protect it.
To create a hole for the fairy lights to thread through, I cut a straw and glued it to the bottom of the plastic lid.
And the battery pack was balanced on top of the straw before adding the concrete mix. I let the concrete set for a day, just to be safe, before removing it from the mold. If you’re using something like Rapid Set Cement All, it should be set in a few hours.
And the fairy lights fit perfectly through the little hole left by the straw 😉 Sand and stain the concrete base to suit your decor if you like or leave it as is.
Adding the Light Filled Goblet
I really wanted the lights to look like they’d been spellbound inside the goblet. Swirling around like a magical tornado if that makes any kind of sense. So I attached three silver leaves to a larger bead which was then glued inside the goblet. To finish off, thread the lights through the hole and up into the wine goblet and glue the battery pack down.
And finally, glue the goblet to the concrete base.
And when the lights are switched on you get that magical effect, which I abSoooooLutely love.
Doesn’t it look like there’s a whole bunch of crazy fairies dancing and swirling around those silver leaves?
And when the lights are off it looks almost steampunkish and so intriguing.
I’d love to know what you think and if you’ve played around with concrete or repurposed broken wine glasses? While the blog was down we made a whole bunch of other stuff too, which hopefully will go up on the blog soon. Oh, and if you like the idea, don’t forget to share it with your friends and/or save it to Pinterest.
If you don’t want to try and find some of the materials we used, I’ve got you covered Disclosure: If you click on the links below, we may receive a commission from Amazon. But don’t worry it won’t come out of your pocket, and it helps us fund my concrete addiction 😉
And as always hope you have a wonderful crafty week, filled with love