Photo by Ashleigh Jayne Photography

Wedding season is in full force and here at Southern Living, we couldn't be more thrilled. We'll be bringing you weekly wedding-related posts—DIY ideas, etiquette tips, real weddings and more. This week, we're taken by the rustic feel of this creative DIY project from Alyssa Arlene Events!

The Project: DIY Concrete Votives

Level: Moderate

Timeline: Two to four weeks before the wedding reception

Materials: Concrete MixSand Water Mold (we used an empty soda can) Candle Painter's tape Metallic Paint Gloves


  1. Follow directions on concrete and prepare mixture accordingly. Combine 1 part concrete to 4 parts sand. Add a small amount of water and mix.
  2. Pour the mixture into your mold and gently tap to even out concrete. Create the desired size of your votive by placing a candle on top of the wet concrete, and gently pressing down. You may want to place a heavier object on top of your candle to ensure it stays in place while the concrete sets. Let the votive dry for 8-12 hours.
  3. Gently pull or cut the mold off. If you used a soda can, be sure to wear gloves. Use painter's tape to create your desired design, and brush on metallic paint.

Pro Tip: Dip your votives into the paint for an even quicker turn-around time.