Adding Color to Concrete | QUIKRETE: Cement and Concrete Products
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A great way to view and understand your building or repair project before you get started. Find out just about everything you need to know by watching the video below.


Adding color to your concrete is a great way to brighten up the look of any DIY concrete product. QUIKRETE Concrete Mix paired with QUIKRETE Liquid Cement Color is the easy way to ignite beauty into your plain looking concrete.

Project Instructions

When working with cement-based products, always wear eye protection and waterproof gloves.

Step 1
Drill a small hole in the lid so it will fit tightly around a ¼ inch piece of candle or glue stick.

Step 2
Insert the glue stick or wax candle stick into the hole in the lid of the bottle.
Tip: While both glue and wax candle sticks work, wax candles are easier to drill out than glue.

Step 3
In a small container, mix the concrete coloring pigment with water, and then add to the concrete, according to the instructions on the bag.
Tip: The more pigment you add, the more intense the color will be.

Step 4    
Add a little more warm water than usual to the mix so it will pour easier into the bottle.

Step 5
Once poured into bottle, vibrate or tap out as many bubbles as possible. Then place glue/candle stick into bottle and screw cap back on. Wipe away excess concrete and let cure for at least 18 hours.

Step 6
Use hair dryer or heat gun to help make removing the plastic bottle easier. Use the heat to soften up, cut a little piece, and then pull it away.

Step 7
Drill out the center and candle/glue stick.

Shopping List

  • QUIKRETE Concrete Mix
  • QUIKRETE Liquid Cement Color
  • Plastic Bottle for Mold
  • Wax Candle or Glue Stick
  • Knife or Box-Cutter
  • 18 Volt Cordless Drill
  • Clean Tap Water
  • Bowl, Container, or Bucket for Mixing Concrete
  • Wooden Spoon to Stir Concrete Mix
  • Waterproof Gloves
  • Safety glasses