6 Rock-Solid DIY Projects Using Cement

Cement has become an increasingly popular material to use for DIY projects and crafts in recent years, and it's no wonder why! Aside from being both cheap and easy to work with, you can also be sure that anything you make out of cement is going to last. It might look a little cold and gray at first, but if you know the right techniques, bringing out the beauty in all of your cement projects is easy. From homemade photo clips to a unique jewelry stand, these 6 DIY projects will help you make some new, rock-solid decorations for your home!

1. Picturesque Photo Clips

You'll Need:

  • ice cube tray
  • cement
  • paper clips
  • tape
  • paint & paintbrush 

Here's How:

1.1 To make quick & easy photo clips, pour some liquid cement into the individual wells of an ice cube tray. Place 1 paper clip in the center of each well, then let the cement set.

1.2 Remove the hardened cement blocks from the ice cube tray, then place a piece of tape at a diagonal on each one, dividing the cement block in half. Paint the bottom ½ of the cement cube whatever color you'd like, then let the paint dry. Repeat this same process with a second color of paint on the other ½ of the cement cube.

1.3 Once both colors of paint have dried, slide your favorite photos into the paper clips and display them around your home!

2. Snazzy Strawberry Magnet

You'll Need:

  • silicone putty
  • strawberry
  • cement
  • magnet
  • red, green & black paint

Here's How:

2.1 To make a fun strawberry-shaped magnet for your fridge, cover a strawberry with silicone putty, making a mold. Carefully remove the strawberry from the center and pour the liquid cement into the mold.

2.2 Gently press a small magnet into the liquid cement and let it dry.

2.3 Once the cement has hardened, remove the silicone putty and paint your new strawberry magnet with the red, green, and black paint. Once the paint dries, you'll have a cute new accent for your fridge!

3. Coastal Cement Candle

You'll Need:

  • cement
  • paper cup
  • wooden skewer
  • candle wick
  • candle wax

Here's How:

3.1 Making your own candle is easier than you might think, and this particular design is sure to make plenty of waves! Pour some liquid cement into a paper cup, then use a wooden skewer to make a wavy design with the cement on the inside of the cup.

3.2 Place a candle wick in the center of the cement and position a wooden skewer over the top of the paper cup to keep the wick upright. Melt some candle wax and pour it into the paper cup.

3.3 Let both the cement and the candle wax harden, remove the paper cup, and let your gorgeous coastal candles light up your home!

4. Jazzy Jewelry Tree

You'll Need:

  • empty yogurt cup
  • utility or craft knife
  • 1 copper tee
  • copper pipes
  • hot glue gun
  • cement

Here's How:

4.1 To make this gorgeous copper jewelry tree, clean out an empty yogurt cup and cut a large hole out of the bottom. Place the copper tee in the empty yogurt cup, making sure 1 end pokes out of the hole you cut. Use a hot glue gun to glue the cup and copper tee together, sealing in any gaps left from the hole you cut. Pour some liquid cement into the yogurt cup and let it set.

4.2 Remove the yogurt cup and screw a copper pipe into the copper tee embedded in the cement.

4.3 Build out the jewelry tree with some additional copper pipes and copper tees so that there are multiple branches.

5. Glowing Garden Mushroom

You'll Need:

  • pantyhose 
  • cement
  • empty jar
  • red & white paint
  • sponge
  • fairy lights

Here's How:

5.1 If you'd like an enchanting new decoration for your garden or balcony, try this glowing garden mushroom! Cut 1 leg off of a pair of pantyhose and fill it with cement. Tie a knot at the top of the filled pantyhose to make the cap of the mushroom, position it over an empty jar, and let the cement dry.

5.2 Once the cement has hardened, remove the cap of the mushroom from the jar, cut off the excess pantyhose, and paint the cement red. Once the red paint has dried, cut a sponge into the shape of a small circle, dip it in white paint, and use it to stamp small white dots on the cap of the mushroom.

5.3 Put some fairy lights inside the jar and place the cap of the mushroom back on top. This decoration is perfect anytime – day or night!

6. Enchanting Tealight Holder

You'll Need:

  • foam sheet
  • 1 ivy leaf
  • pen
  • craft knife
  • empty milk carton
  • craft glue
  • cement
  • 1 tealight
  • paint

Here's How:

6.1 To make this unique tealight holder, start by taking a walk outside and picking 1 ivy leaf from a healthy plant. Trace the ivy leaf twice on a foam sheet and use a craft knife to cut the 2 foam stencils out.

6.2 Cut the empty milk carton in half, clean it out thoroughly, and glue the foam ivy leaves to opposite sides of the inside of it. Pour some liquid cement into the milk carton, press a tealight into the top of the wet cement, and let the cement harden.

6.3 Remove the milk carton and foam ivy leaves, then and paint the imprints of the ivy leaves with whatever color you'd like.

You can do so many great things with cement! These easy DIY decorations will look beautiful in your home and garden, or they make great gifts for the special people in your life.

Get the instructions for the DIY Cement Garden Decor, Cool Cement Stool, and Cement & Plaster Crafts featured in the bonus video.


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