If you’re looking for a pretty (and easy) way to dress up your Christmas tablescape, check out these Holiday Package Candleholders. The pretty silver “ribbon” is made from tooling metal, which you can buy at craft stores. It’s easy enough to use the metal, but if you’d like to simplify, substitute a wired ribbon – your Christmas centerpiece will still be beautiful! For another easy Christmas tablescape, check out the STAK Tree Christmas Centerpiece, too.
To make a Holiday Package Candleholder, you’ll need:
- STYROFOAM™ Brand Foam: Cube (Kathleen used 3” and 4” cubes)
- Scrapbooking paper: one 12″ x 12″ sheet for 3″ cube; two for 4″ cube (choose papers that you love and match your Christmas colors)
- Acrylic craft paint in coordinating color
- Medium-weight aluminum tooling metal (or wired ribbon)
- Candle cups, one per cube
- Beaded trim or other embellishment
- Straight pins
- Thick, white craft glue
- Low-temp glue gun
- Tools needed: Pencil; ruler; flat paintbrush; scissors; cutting mat; Xacto® knife or utility knife
To make a Holiday Package Candleholder:
1. Cut paper strips to cover sides of foam cubes: one 4″ x 12″ strip for a 3″ cube; two 5″ x 12″ strips for a 4″ cube. Fold over 1/2″ along top and bottom edges of each strip, and then open paper flat again.
2. Wrap the paper strips around the cubes, keeping the seam at the center back. Carefully crease the paper strip at each corner, and then remove the strip and firmly fold along the creases.
3. Glue and pin paper strips around the cubes, and then fold over the extra ½” onto the top and bottom of the cube. Clip the extra paper at the corners so that the paper will lie flat, and glue paper to the top and bottom.
4. Cut paper squares to cover tops of cubes: 2-3/4″ square for 3″ cube; 3-3/4″ square for a 4″ cube. Glue squares to cubes.
5. Paint candle cups; let dry.
6. Gently flatten tooling metal on cutting mat. Using the craft knife and a ruler, cut “ribbons” from the metal: ten 1/2″ x 5″ strips for 3″ cube; ten 5/8″ x 6″strips for each 4″ cube. (Or, use wired ribbon.)
7. 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. Glue ribbon ends to top of package. Note: Ribbons will not meet exactly at center top.
8. Gently bend four metal strips into loops and glue diagonally to center top of package. Cut a “v” into one end of each remaining ribbon, and glue to top of package, allowing cut ends to flow downward; spot glue to secure.
9. 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.
If you like the look of metal for your Christmas tablescape and would like to try working with the tooling metal, here’s another Christmas centerpiece suggestion — the Stamped Stars Copper Vase by Diane Flowers. To create the tall, rectangular vase, Diane simply stacked two foam cubes and wrapped them in a sheet of copper tooling metal. It doesn’t require any special tools — those stars are stamped on! Brilliant and beautiful! The photo links to the tutorial.
Happy Christmas crafting!