DIY | Concrete + Copper Towel Holder

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Hello! Its been a while.

Lately I’ve been posting more trips than diy’s, I hope you’ve enjoyed my photos!

My roomate recently moved out and I’ve noticed things I miss that we shared. Such as her towel holder. Afterthought for me. Case in point – I should make my own. After a quick trip to Home Depot I came up with this chic, industrial Concrete + Copper Towel Holder.

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Here’s what you will need:

 – 13″ Copper pipe

– 4″ Copper pipe

– 2, Copper caps

– Concrete Mix

– Cardboard

– Medium sand paper

Tools:

– Box cutter or Precision Knife

– Pen or Pencil

– Duck tape

– Strong Adhesive

– Piece of String

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First you will have to create a mold as a base. Start by making a 7″ diameter circle on your cardboard. I traced the bottom of a pot plate to get a perfect circle, then cut it out using an x-traco knife. You will also need to cut a long strip of cardboard that is at least “4 thick. DSC_0087 DSC_0089

Trace the edge of the circle with the long strip, creating a cardboard bowl.  While you hold the two together, duck tape all long the bottom of the bowl. Tape the ends, cut any extra cardboard off, and secure the mold with more duck tape.DSC_0097DSC_0092

Pour 2 cups of concrete mix in a plastic container, use a container you can dispose.  Then slowly pour in water as you stir the mix. I was a little nervous mixing the concrete, but I found that just like baking brownies all you have to pay attention to is the consistency of the mix. The mix needs to be thick, and wet through. I mixed one batch with rocks and another without, using only the concrete “powder”.
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Pour the batch with the rock concrete mix into the cardboard mold first. Then spread the mix evenly to create a smooth surface. Just like a cake!DSC_0144

While the cement mold dries glue each of the copper caps to the cooper pipes.
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After about 2 hours later your concrete mold should look a little sturdier. Stick the big copper pipe in the center and align the smaller one an inch away from the edge. In order to keep the pipes straight, wrap a tight string around the two and tape each end to the side of the mold.DSC_0145Once the concrete has set, it should look like this.
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Remove the cardboard mold then sand down the rough edges and surface of your concrete base. I wanted a raw industrial finish which did not require a lot of work. However you can use a finer sandpaper to achieve a much smoother surface.DSC_0233DSC_0239DSC_0224

I am so happy with the final result. And am excited to make a second one for my friends outdoor kitchen. DSC_0225

I want to hear your thoughts! Leave me a comment and keep posted for more DIY’s!

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