As I’ve grown older, I’ve learned to love burning candles at home. I now enjoy buying seasonal scents in pretty containers, and I’ve learned to love making my own candles. With industrial-style accents becoming increasingly popular, I made a set of concrete soy candles with beautiful wood wicks using rose, one of my favorite scents.
Though real Christmas trees are wonderful, not all of us have the time, space, or energy to deal with them. So if your tastes lean to the more industrial, minimalist side of things, you can make your own little Christmas trees out of cement. These concrete Christmas trees are reusable, require no maintenance, and you don't have to worry about ornaments or lights. Of course, there's no reason you can't have both a real tree and some of these mini ones. They're pretty quick and addictive to make, so go ahead and make a whole forest.
- CementAll, or other quick-setting cement or concrete
- Hot glue gun
- Card stock or poster board
- Duct tape
- Mixing container
- Stir stick
- Paper cups
- Sandpaper (optional)
- Tree cone templates
Print out templates, place on poster board or card stock, and cut out.
Gently roll up each template with the shiny, coated side in, and carefully tape closed. Any creases will show in the final tree cones, so try not to crease the molds. Place in an overturned paper cup with a hole punched in the bottom.
Mix cement or concrete according to the instructions on the package. Quickly spoon into the cones, shaking them as you fill to eliminate air bubbles. Let cure according to the package instructions.
After the cement has set, peel the tape off of the cones to reveal your mini cement trees. If the paper has stuck to your trees, you can soak them in water to remove any residue. You can also wet sand to buff out lines and imperfections.
Trace around the bottom of the tree cones on felt, cut out the circles slightly smaller, and hot glue onto the bottom of the cones.
Want to know how to care for a real Christmas tree? Check out our Christmas tree maintenance guide.
Behind-the-Scenes of Rustic Modernism: Your Complete Guide to Farmhouse and Industrial Chic
In 2016, NPR’s Natalie Jacewicz asked the question: “Why does every new restaurant look like a factory?” Indeed, over the last ten years, the industrial look has dominated popular interior design, aided by the enduring popularity of boutique companies like Restoration Hardware. Recently, more traditional stylings, sometimes called Farmhouse Modern or Texas Modern – like those featured on HGTV’s hit Fixer Upper – have permeated households far...
When people used to think "Industrial", the words "cold", "unlived in", and "stark" came to mind. That isn't the case today. One can live in a cool and modern way while rocking a bit of the Industrial look. I call it "Industrially Chic" and here are 10 bedrooms that pull it off so well!
Storage always seems to be an issue, no matter how big your house is. Even if you have plenty of closets, odds are you could always use more storage boxes and bins, right? I certainly could. Which is how I came up with this crazy simple industrial-style box that can be customized to fit where ever you need it. Keep reading to check it out.
Talk about a space saver! These industrial shelves turned out great and are made from nothing more than plumbing supplies! This is an excellent storage alternative for someone living in a tight space.
Desks. Everyone should have one! Mine is used for a myriad of things, and I can't imagine not having it in my home. My tastes are constantly evolving so I've always got my eye on the lookout for unique ways to transform a workspace. So naturally, I did a double take when I saw this modern desk created from copper pipe!
I've been on the hunt for the perfect swing arm light recently, but have had no luck finding what I'm looking. Luckily, I can just DIY my own, now that I've found this tutorial.
I've been telling my husband how much I love concrete counters. They are so industrial, but still manage to make a kitchen seem cozy. I wanted to tackle something like this in our future kitchen and spotted the perfect online tutorial! What do you think of the concrete? Yay or nay?
I love when I stumble upon a project that was created using out-of-the-box ideas and materials. These candlestick holders have an industrial aesthetic, but still manage to look sweet. And they're made from a few cheap items found at your local hardware store!
Having gone through a recent office makeover of my own, DIY tables and desks just seem to jump out during my Internet browsing sessions these days (which go something like "cute puppy, cute puppy, AWESOME DIY IDEA, cute puppy").
I love projects that mix different materials in unique or interesting ways. Lately, I've been on a big concrete and wood kick (like this stool we shared recently). The combination of warm wood and cool concrete has a really nice aesthetic and textural balance that I can't resist. My newest DIY obsession is this concrete and wood table lamp!
My husband and I just moved into a new apartment and one of the things that we are lacking is storage space. There are only a couple of closets and we basically filled them to the brim with our eyes closed. So I've been looking for storage options that actually look good.
Part rustic, part industrial, part awesome! With a few basic hardware store supplies, this DIY chandelier is a cinch to make.
When I see stuff like these bookshelves, I am overcome with the desire to dismantle my office and steampunk it up. From Etsy seller Stella Blue Designs, the bookshelves are made of iron pipes and, in the case of the style above, Edison-type light bulbs. I particularly like how
When you picture an industrial interior, do you also picture pink? I know I don't, which is why this space made my eyebrows do that one up/one down thing they sometimes do when I'm confused. Initially, I wasn't sure
In 1968, after he conceived the Ball Chair, Eero Aarnio, a pioneer in using plastics in industrial design, created the Bubble Chair as a reduction of its predicessor. He wanted the chair to be light-filled, and since, as Aarnio maintained, "There is no nice way to make a clear pedestal," it had to hang from the ceiling. Iconic in shape, the space-age design is as fresh today as it was 45 years ago. Original Eero Aarnio Bubble Chairs are still to be had. To find a retailer near you, visit Eero Aarnio. (An original clocks in at around $4,700 whereas a knock off will set you back around $900.)
Okay, that was the 'good for you' educational part of this post. Now, let's get to the dessert, shall we? The photo pictured above looks to be straight out of 1968, white boots and all. Less downtown girl, the suburban-like interior (pictured below) from Twenty First Century Retro is warm and
Well, you probably can't make all ten this weekend (if you somehow manage to actually accomplish that feat, well, let's say I owe you a lollipop). But, if you're itchin' for a new light fixture that's both stylish and easy on the wallet, here are ten separate weekend projects for your consideration! (Pick and choose, people. We don't want anyone getting hurt.)