DIY Cement Ornaments

November 26, 2013 | Christmas, DIY

DIY Cement Ornaments

I really enjoyed working with cement for this votive DIY I did a while ago, and have been trying to think of a way to use it again in a new way.. and then these decorations popped into my head! Perfect! Don’t you think they’d look great hanging on a Christmas tree? They’re super cute, and so so easy – you could make them in any shape you like (as long as you can find the mould!).

DIY Cement Ornaments

Here’s what you’ll need:
- Disposable cup
- Stirring stick (disposable)
- Vaseline
- Candle mould
- Drinking straw
- Cement Powder (from the local hardware store – just the base material, there are no rocks or sand added)

Step 1.
Use a brush (or fingers) to apply a thin coat of vaseline inside of each moulds.

DIY Cement OrnamentsStep 2.
Put some of the dry cement powder into the disposable cup (fill about 1/3 of the cup). Gradually add water to the powder, stirring as you go (with the disposable stick), until you reach the consistency of melted ice cream.

DIY Cement Ornaments

Step 3.
Transfer some of the cement mixture into the moulds, and gently tap the mould against a table to spread the cement. Add more cement until it’s full, and keep tapping the mould to release any air bubbles.

DIY Cement Ornaments

Step 4.
Leave the mould to dry. Once it’s been drying for 1/2 an hour – an hour, cut the straw into pieces (longer than the depth of the cement you just poured). Carefully push a length of straw into the top of each ornament until it’s touching the bottom – this will become the hole for the ribbon. Now you’ll want to leave the ornaments to dry over night.

DIY Cement OrnamentsStep 5.
After the ornaments have dried overnight, carefully pull them out of the mould. Twist the straw out, and don’t worry if it’s not a clear hole the whole way through. Now leave them to dry for another day. Sorry, I know it’s long, but it’s necessary!

DIY Cement Ornaments

Step 6.
Now that your ornaments are fully dry, use some sandpaper to sand both sides and smooth off the edges. If the hole isn’t quite open, use a drill to carefully drill through the cement and open it up.

Tie some ribbon through the hole, and hang your brand new ornament on the tree! :)

DIY Cement Ornaments

DIY Cement Ornaments

Although I really love the beautiful simplicity of the ornaments above, I also thought some gold could be nice too! So I bought a gilding kit, and got to work :) I’ve never gilded anything before, but with the right tools it was quite easy! And very effective – just follow the instructions that come with the kit you buy. This kit is the one I bought.

DIY Cement Ornaments DIY Cement Ornaments

Soooo pretty don’t you think?! And easy too. Next week I’ll show you how to make something to hang them on if you don’t have a tree, so keep an eye out for that one! :)

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27 Comments

  1. Wow!!! That is amazing! I am almost jealous I didn’t have this idea myself!!! I soooo much love concrete! Brilliant!!!

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  3. Oh, Claire! These are wonderful! What a simple idea but so effective! I’m absolutely going to have to find time to do this!

  4. These are SO cool! love concrete :)

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  6. So pretty!! I love the little bit of gold you added.

  7. pandy

    I have half a bag of cement and lots of moulds! No idle moments this week end!

  8. Cindy

    Where did you get the mold from?

    • ffadmin

      Hi Cindy, I just got it from my local craft store :)

  9. I love this! I’m crazy for the ceramic ornaments that are taking over Christmas this year… these are a fun update!

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  11. The always impressive cement ^^
    Thanks for sharing!

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  14. Isabel

    Love these, made these, even ordered the same gold leafing that you used. They are easy and fun to make. I am just having trouble with the holes! I can’t get the straws out so I have perfect tree ornaments with a straw stuck in it and no way to hang it….help? Advice?

    • ffadmin

      Hi Isabel! So thrilled you gave them a go! :) Perhaps try leaving the straw out, and drill a hole into the top once it’s totally dry. I did this for a couple too when the straw didn’t go all the way through. Alternately you could try coating the outside of the straw with Vaseline before you put them into the cement. Hope this helps, and best of luck! :)

  15. Great diy!
    Love the gold edge detail.
    Better start looking for some Christmassy moulds!

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  17. Meeri

    Do you think this would work with a silicone mould, or will the cement stick to it and ruin the mould? It seems that silicone moulds are more common than those disposable ones :/

  18. Maria

    Lovely DIY.

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  22. Wow …. it’s a great idea. The ornaments were beautiful.

  23. Angela

    Would Love To Know the name of the shop that you bought the Silicone soap Mold – Basic Christmas Tree Soap Mold, Please advise.
    Many thanks! Angela x
    Merry Christmas!! :-)

    • ffadmin

      hi Angela, The mould I used is just a plastic one that I bought at my local craft store (Art Friend in Singapore). Merry Christmas! :)

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