DIY – Concrete Tealight Holder from an Avocado Shell. Avocados are in season in the subtropics at the moment. Recently I came back with a haul of these homegrown beauties from the locals who offer roadside stalls at beautiful Tamborine Mountain.
After scooping out their green buttery goodness, it occured to me that the leftover shells were almost perfectly round halves and just ripe (sorry) for a craft project. This particular variety of avocado is called Reed. It’s the roundest of them and I think the most delicious!
There are plenty of tutorials on making concrete planters out there, so this isn’t exactly reinventing the wheel, but it makes you think of what can be used differently. I mixed a small batch of white cement, washed sand and water and poured into the avocado half. The pit was used for the tealight ‘holder’ space. I oiled both the shell and pit with olive oil.
Let it dry for a few days and you can easily peel the shell away from the concrete (the oiling really helped too.) Pop out the pit and you’re done! Sand smooth or leave rustic.
Points to Note:
- To be honest I didn’t know the difference between cement, mortar and concrete. So I looked it up and from my understanding, here is a summary if you’re interested:
- Cement is just one component of concrete. Cement is the binding element.
- Mortar = Cement + Sand
- Concrete = Cement + Sand + Gravel. The strength depends on the amount of water used and also the sand to cement ratio. There’s all sorts of technical information and ratios, but that’s it in a nutshell, or in this case, an avocado shell!
I suppose really this should read DIY – Mortar Tealight Holder from an Avocado Shell.