Candy Wrapper Pencil Cube

Clean up desktop clutter with a colorful pencil cube covered in recycled candy wrappers! It’s a fun gift idea, too, when made with the recipients favorite candy bar wrappers.

Completion time – 2 - 4 hours

Designer – Kathleen George

Materials

STYROFOAM Brand Foam
  • Cube, 5”

*Sold under the name Make It:Fun® Foam

Other Materials
  • Candy bar wrappers
  • 3/8” grommets, nine
  • Paper paste or thick, white craft glue
  • Mod Podge, matte finish

Tools

  • Pencil
  • Ruler
  • 1” putty knife or 1” stiff paint brush
  • Sharp pointed scissors or Exacto® knife
  • Optional: Iron

Instructions

  1. Using ruler and the pencil tip, mark three rows of three across the top of the cube. At each point, push the eraser end of the pencil straight down into the foam cube, about 2” deep. Rotate the pencil slightly to enlarge each hole. Smooth the edges of the holes with your fingertips.
  2. Smooth out the candy wrappers and trim away portions of the label that you don’t want to use. Optional: If the wrappers are too wrinkled, iron on the back side with a medium iron. Protect the ironing board with a clean piece of paper.
  3. Use a small putty knife or stiff paint brush to apply a thin layer of paper paste or thick, white craft glue on the back of a candy wrapper, spreading glue or paste all the way to the edges. Place the wrapper on the foam cube, and smooth out with fingers. Continue adding wrappers till the top and sides are covered. On the top, paste wrappers directly over the holes, and smooth carefully around each hole so the wrapper doesn’t wrinkle. Tip: Use a discarded magazine or phone book for pasting. After spreading paste or glue onto a wrapper, turn the page for an instant clean surface for the next wrapper. Let dry.
  4. Brush on a coat of Mod Podge, and let dry. If needed, brush on a second coat.
  5. Note: Have an adult handle this step. Very carefully cut around each hole with small scissors or an Exacto® knife. Gently push a pointed pencil through the hole to open up it up completely.
  6. Paste a grommet over the edge of each hole. Fill the cube with pencils.