I’m so excited to share this week’s bit of craftiness with you all. A few weeks back, this crazy cardboard box repurpose idea popped into my head, and honestly, I wasn’t sure if it would work. But I’m happy to report, it did. And I’m in love with how this faux concrete light ring turned out.

I’m in love with how this DIY faux concrete light ring turned out. And no-one believes me when I tell them it's made entirely from a repurposed cardboard box. Easy budget-friendly decor that looks amazing. #cardboard #ACaftyMix #Homedecor

What do you think?

I’m in love with how this DIY faux concrete light ring turned out. And no-one believes me when I tell them it's made entirely from a repurposed cardboard box. Easy budget-friendly decor that looks amazing. #cardboard #ACaftyMix #Homedecor

It’s a little bit minimal, with a whole bunch of texture and interest thrown in for fun.

I’m in love with how this DIY faux concrete light ring turned out. And no-one believes me when I tell them it's made entirely from a repurposed cardboard box. Easy budget-friendly decor that looks amazing. #cardboard #ACaftyMix #Homedecor

There’s also lots of mossy bits.

I’m in love with how this DIY faux concrete light ring turned out. And no-one believes me when I tell them it's made entirely from a repurposed cardboard box. Easy budget-friendly decor that looks amazing. #cardboard #ACaftyMix #Homedecor

And if you’ve been following the blog for a while you’ll know how much we love our moss.

I’m in love with how this DIY faux concrete light ring turned out. And no-one believes me when I tell them it's made entirely from a repurposed cardboard box. Easy budget-friendly decor that looks amazing. #cardboard #ACaftyMix #Homedecor

Plus, it looks magical at night when the lights are on.

I’m in love with how this DIY faux concrete light ring turned out. And no-one believes me when I tell them it's made entirely from a repurposed cardboard box. Easy budget-friendly decor that looks amazing. #cardboard #ACaftyMix #Homedecor

And the whole thing is made from cardboard, with a few other household items thrown in to appease the goddess of recycling 😉

I’m in love with how this DIY faux concrete light ring turned out. And no-one believes me when I tell them it's made entirely from a repurposed cardboard box. Easy budget-friendly decor that looks amazing. #cardboard #ACaftyMix #Homedecor

But I’m getting ahead of myself 😉 Right, before I share how to repurpose a cardboard box and turn it into a concrete light ring, be sure to follow us on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, or Instagram. And don’t forget to subscribe so you’ll never miss a post!

What you need

  • Large sturdy cardboard box or 2 x pizza boxes
  • Plastic straws
  • Glue Gun
  • Moss
  • Twigs
  • Battery operated Fairy Lights
  • Texture Paste or you can make your own with Plaster of Paris or Cornflour

What you need to make a gorgeous cardboard ring light

You’ll also need large round things to use as a template to make the ring. I used a plate and a weber lid. See what you can find in your house. My finished ring light has a diameter of 37 cm. Just make sure the one circular thing is at least 5cm (2″) smaller than the larger circular thing.

Repurposing a cardboard box into a concrete light ring

Making the cardboard ring

Did I mention this is an easy DIY? Okay, maybe not as easy as making 10-minute box lights, but still pretty straightforward once you put the cardboard ring together. To make the ring, grab a large sturdy cardboard box and place whatever you’re using as the large circular template on the cardboard.

Use a large circular shape as a template for the outer circle of the ring

Trace around the outside and cut out two circles using a sharp craft knife.

Cut out two large cardboard circles

Place the smaller circular thing in the center of the larger circles and cut out.

Use a smaller circular shape as a template for the inner circle

You should end up with two equally sized cardboard rings.

Cut the cardboard rings out with a pair of scissors or sharp craft knife

Cut a few plastic straws into 5cm (2″) lengths.

Cut straws into equal lengths - about 5cm long

Glue the straws down about 2.5cm (1″) inwards from the inner circle of the ring. The gap is important if you’re making a faux concrete light ring. If you just want a concrete ring without the lights, you can glue the straws on the edge of the ring.

Glue the cut straws to one of the cardboard rings

Put a blob of glue on top of the straws, carefully line up the other ring and glue down. You should end up with something like this.

Two cardboard rings separated by plastic drinking straws

Cut a strip of cardboard that’s as wide as the gap between the two rings, including the outer edges. Glue it on the outside of the two rings.

Glue a cardboard strip to the outside of the cardboard ring

Cut another strip of cardboard that’s the width of the gap between the inside rings and glue it down on the straws.

Glue a cardboard strip to the straws on the inside of the ring

So that’s the basic cardboard ring done. Easy right? Let’s quickly look at turning this ring into faux concrete and adding some stars and a few small Christmas trees.

Turning the cardboard ring into faux concrete and adding embellishments

Using scrap cardboard, cut out a few different-sized stars and cone shapes for the Christmas trees. You’re welcome to use any other shapes or figurines to dolly up the inside of your ring. Paint the ring, stars, and tree cones white to disguise the cardboard before applying a thick layer of texture paste. We make our own using glue, paint, and cornflour or plaster of Paris. Store-bought texture paste works just as well.

Mix up a batch of homemade texture paste

Use an old paintbrush or palette knife to apply the texture paste all over the cardboard ring, stars, and cones.

Apply the texture paste to the cardboard rings and what ever you'll be using to decorate the ring with

Leave to dry completely.

Leave the texture paste to dry completely

Mix a teeny, tiny bit of black paint with white to make a light grey. Dry brush the grey on the ring and embellishments.

Mix a batch of light grey craft paint and dry brush it on

Add a drop or two of black to the grey to make a darker grey. Dry brush the dark grey over the light grey to create a layered look.

Mix a batch of dark grey craft paint and dry brush it on

Leave to dry before finishing off.

Adding embellishments and light to the concrete ring

Play around with the layout of all your embellishments until you’re happy with the layout.

Play around with where the embellishments should go

Cut a few small twigs to the right height and glue them inside the cone shapes to make easy Christmas trees.

Cut twigs for the cone Christmas tree

Use a glue gun to glue the embellishments on the cardboard faux concrete ring.

Glue the cone Christmas trees and stars on the concrete ring light

Glue a little bit of moss around the cone Christmas trees to hide the glue.

Glue moss on the bottom of the concrete ring light

And finally, glue the fairy lights to the inside front-facing side of the faux concrete ring. Hide the battery pack under some moss.

Glue fairy lights to the inside front-facing side of the concrete ring light

You can put your concrete ring light on a mantle or tabletop and you can even hang it as a wreath if you’re that way inclined. If she rolls around (coz rings tend to do that 😉 ) place a small pebble on either side or the ring. I stopped mine from rolling off the table with a large rock.

I’m in love with how this DIY faux concrete light ring turned out. And no-one believes me when I tell them it's made almost entirely from a repurposed cardboard box. Easy budget-friendly decor that looks amazing. #cardboard #ACaftyMix #Homedecor

I love the way to mossy greenery contrasts with the faux concrete.

I’m in love with how this DIY faux concrete light ring turned out. And no-one believes me when I tell them it's made almost entirely from a repurposed cardboard box. Easy budget-friendly decor that looks amazing. #cardboard #ACaftyMix #Homedecor

And those twig-ish tree stumps.

I’m in love with how this DIY faux concrete light ring turned out. And no-one believes me when I tell them it's made almost entirely from a repurposed cardboard box. Easy budget-friendly decor that looks amazing. #cardboard #ACaftyMix #Homedecor

I’m in love with how this DIY faux concrete light ring turned out. And no-one believes me when I tell them it's made almost entirely from a repurposed cardboard box. Easy budget-friendly decor that looks amazing. #cardboard #ACaftyMix #Homedecor

Our buddha is no longer peeing in the CD spindle water feature and looks pretty serene sitting next to the ring.

I’m in love with how this DIY faux concrete light ring turned out. And no-one believes me when I tell them it's made almost entirely from a repurposed cardboard box. Easy budget-friendly decor that looks amazing. #cardboard #ACaftyMix #Homedecor

And don’t even get me started on how beautiful it looks when you switch the lights on.

I’m in love with how this DIY faux concrete light ring turned out. And no-one believes me when I tell them it's made almost entirely from a repurposed cardboard box. Easy budget-friendly decor that looks amazing. #cardboard #ACaftyMix #Homedecor

I’m in love with how this DIY faux concrete light ring turned out. And no-one believes me when I tell them it's made entirely from a repurposed cardboard box. Easy budget-friendly decor that looks amazing. #cardboard #ACaftyMix #Homedecor

What do you think? Would you use cardboard to make Christmas decor?

I’m in love with how this DIY faux concrete light ring turned out. And no-one believes me when I tell them it's made almost entirely from a repurposed cardboard box. Easy budget-friendly decor that looks amazing. #cardboard #ACaftyMix #Homedecor

If you like the idea of repurposing a cardboard box and turning it into a concrete light ring, don’t forget to pin it for later.

I’m in love with how this DIY faux concrete light ring turned out. And no-one believes me when I tell them it's made almost entirely from a repurposed cardboard box. Easy budget-friendly decor that looks amazing. #cardboard #ACaftyMix #Homedecor

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I’m in love with how this DIY faux concrete light ring turned out. And no-one believes me when I tell them it's made almost entirely from a repurposed cardboard box. Easy budget-friendly decor that looks amazing. #cardboard #ACaftyMix #Homedecor

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For the texture paste

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Anthony's Organic Corn Starch, 2 lb, Gluten Free, Vegan & Non GMO
Amazon Basics All Purpose Washable School Clear Liquid Glue - Great for Making Slime, 9 oz. Bottle, 3-Pack

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And as always, wishing you a wonderful, crafty week filled with lots of love. Thank you for popping in for a visit.

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