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Concrete Photo Holder

Updated: Oct 29, 2019

I have always wanted to make something with concrete. It always seemed like a cool medium to work with but, I was always intimidated to try it out. After seeing tons of projects on Instagram and Pinterest I finally decided to give it a shot. I started off easy with fun photo holders. Just like with any new craft project the first one provides you with a few lessons learned.

These photo holders turned out to be so much easier than I expected. I'm happy with the results. Now I'm looking for what else I can create with concrete.


Concrete - I used Quickrete Vinyl Concrete Patcher


Large plastic bag

Ice tray

Paper Clips - I suggest the jumbo paper clips


Painters tape



  1. Mix the concrete and water together in a large plastic bag. I found that 4 parts concrete to 1 part water works best. I used 4 cups of concrete to 1 cup of water and only had a little leftover after filling the ice cube tray.

  2. Cut the corner off the bad and start to pipe the concrete mixture into the ice cube tray. Fill the tray so the concrete comes just below the top of the mold.

  3. Tap the ice cube tray lightly against the table to help smooth out the mixture and remove air bubbles.

  4. Insert the paperclips into the middle of the concrete. Make sure you turn the paper clip so that it is facing the widest part of mold. Do not push the paper clip to far into the concrete, you do not want to keep the paper clip from being able to open.

  5. Let your project set for at least 24 hours.

  6. Flip the ice cube tray over and the concrete should just fall straight out.

  7. Sand the top of the concrete to round the corners and even out any rough areas.

  8. Using painters tape and acrylic paint decorate the photo holders.

  9. Add pictures or a sign and enjoy!

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