Silver-and-Blue Package Candleholders

Beading and paper crafting combine in a trio of on-trend style-to-spare candleholders. Creatively embellish paper-wrapped cubes of STYROFOAM™ brand foam with bead trim and tooling metal 'ribbons.'

Completion time – 2-4 hours

Designer – Kathleen George


  • Cube, 3"
  • Sculpturing Block, 18" x 4" x 4"
Other Materials
  • Acrylic paint to match paper(s)
  • Scrapbooking papers of choice, one 12" x 12" sheet
  • two sheets for 4" cube
  • Medium-weight aluminum tooling metal
  • Candle cups, three
  • Beaded floral trim


  • Serrated knife
  • Candle stub or paraffin
  • Pencil
  • Metal-edge ruler
  • Medium flat paintbrush
  • Disposable palette
  • Water basin
  • Paper towels
  • Scissors
  • Extra-long straight pins
  • Craft/utility knife with new blade and cutting mat
  • Low-temp glue gun and glue sticks
  • Thick, white craft glue


  • 1. Wax serrated knife with candle stub or paraffin. Cut two 4"
    cubes from foam sculpturing block.
  • 2. Cut paper strips to cover sides of foam cubes as follows:
    one 4" x 12" strip for 3" cube; two 5" x 12" strips for each
    4" cube. Fold over 1/2" along top and bottom edges of each
    strip; open paper flat.
  • 3. Starting and ending at center back, wrap paper strips
    around sides of cube. Align folds with top and bottom edges of
    cube; crease paper at corners. For 4" cube, piece paper strips
    as needed to cover foam; trim excess. Remove paper strips and
    fold crisply along creased lines.
  • 4. Glue and pin paper strips back onto cube, with 1/2"
    extending above and below edges. Clip corners so excess paper
    will lay flat against foam; glue paper to foam.
  • 5. Cut paper squares to cover tops of foam cubes as follows:
    2-3/4" for 3" cube; 3-3/4" for each 4" cube. Glue squares to cubes.
  • 6. Paint candle cups and let dry.
  • 7. Gently flatten tooling metal on cutting mat. Use craft
    knife and metal-edge ruler to cut following "ribbon" lengths
    from metal: ten 1/2" x 5" strips for 3" cube; ten 5/8" x 6"
    strips for each 4" cube.
  • 8. For each cube, fold over 1/4" at one end of four metal
    ribbon lengths. Use glue gun to glue folded ends to center
    bottom of appropriate cube and then gently fold up over side
    onto top, just like a package. Note: Ribbons will not meet
    exactly at center top, but this allows easier candle cup
    insertion. Glue ribbon ends to top of package.
  • 9. Gently bend four metal strips into loops and glue
    diagonally to center top of package. Cut a "v" into one end of
    each remaining length for tails and glue to top of package,
    allowing cut ends to flow downward; spot glue to secure.
  • 10. Use craft knife to cut an "X" into center top of cube.
    Glue and push candle cup down into top of cube. Glue bead trim
    to package top as desired.