This week’s weather forecast calls for 90+ temperatures, so I’m happy to think about Christmas crafting. These Stacked Ornament Candleholders are a sparkling addition to Christmas décor, whether you display them on your Christmas mantel, or use them as a DIY Christmas centerpiece. Think about making several sets for Christmas gift giving, too.
To make Stacked Ornament Candleholders, you’ll need:
- STYROFOAM™ Brand Foam:
- Stacked Ornaments Candleholder: 4”, 3”, 2 ½” balls; 6” disc
- Single Ornament Candleholder: 4” ball; 4” cube*
- Acrylic craft paint: Red, green and metallic gold
- Glitter in red and green
- Ornament caps, four
- Candle cups, two
- Gold braid, ¼” x 24”
- Gold ribbon, 5/8” x 12” (for the single ornament)
- Scrapbook paper, green
- Paper paste
- Low-temp glue gun
- Tools needed: Scissors; stiff paintbrush; chopstick; toothpicks; sharp pencil; craft pins; thin wood skewer for the Stacked Ornament Candleholder
*If you can’t locate a 4” cube, make your own from a 1” sheet. Simply cut out four, 4” squares and glue together to form a 4” cube.
To make a Single Ornament Candleholder:
1. Use the sharp pencil to score 1” circles on the 4” ball. (If you have a 1” circle punch, you can use this as a pattern.)
2. Gently but firmly press the ball onto your work surface, flattening the bottom.
3. Insert a chopstick into the flat area on the ball and use this as a handle while you paint. Paint the polka dots green and the rest of the ornament red. Let dry.
4. Brush thin craft glue onto the polka dots and sprinkle with green glitter. Let the glue dry. Brush craft glue onto the rest of the ornament, except for the flattened bottom, and sprinkle with red glitter. Let dry.
5. Spread paper paste or paper glue onto the sides of the 4” cube of STYROFOAM Brand Foam. Wrap a 4” strip of paper around the cube. Spread paste on the top of the cube, and cover with a 4” square of paper. If needed, hold paper in place with craft pins while glue dries.
6. Assemble the candleholder:
- Place glue on the ends of two – three toothpicks, and insert halfway into the middle of the foam cube. If needed, make a small hole in the paper with the tip of the scissors first, and then insert the toothpicks.
- Spread glue on other half of toothpicks, and on the flat side of the ball.
- Press the flat end of the ball onto the toothpicks.
7. Paint the candle cup gold, and let dry. Insert and glue the candle cup into the exact center top of the ball. (If the candle cup isn’t centered, the candleholder may tip over.)
8. Press an ornament cap into the side of the ball.
9. Glue gold ribbon and braid around the cube. Optional: Add a bow to the ornament.
To Make a Stacked Ornaments Candleholder:
1. Score design lines on the foam balls. Add polka dots, like Step 1 above. Or, divide the balls into sections with rubber bands, and score along the rubber bands to create segments.
2. Following Step 2 above, flatten one side of the 4” ball.
3. Paint and glitter the balls, following Steps 3 & 4 above.
4. Spread paper paste around edge of 1” disc, and cover with 1” wide strips of scrapbook paper. Glue a 6” paper circle on top of the disc. If needed, hold paper in place with craft pins till glue dries.
5. Glue ornament caps to each ornament.
6. Following Step 6 above, attach 4” ball to the center of the 6” disc.
7. Firmly insert a wooden skewer into the exact center of the 4” ornament, pushing it through the ball and into the disc. Hold the skewer straight and be sure it’s inserted straight up and down.
8. Thread the 3” ornament onto the skewer till it rests on the 4” ornament. Add glue between the ornaments. Repeat for the 2-1/2” ornament. Snip off any excess skewer.
9. Paint and add the candle cup, following Step 7 above.
10. Glue ¼” braid around the disc.
Where would you display these candleholders?
Stay cool, and happy crafting.
P.S. I can’t wait to tell you about my day today! I’ll give you a behind-the-scenes peek later this week!