Have you noticed scrapbook papers, fabrics, and even gift wrap with a faux bois, or fake wood grain, pattern? I kind of like it, do you? It fits right in with the woodland trend we noted back at the 2012 CHA Show. Create a fall tablescape that will last through Thanksgiving with these candle holders wrapped up in faux bois wrapping paper and topped with woodland finds. If you’ve not seen faux bois wrapping paper in your stores, no worries – I have several inexpensive, mail order options for you.
To make a Fall, Faux Bois Candle Centerpiece, you’ll need:
- STYROFOAM™ Brand Foam: two 3” cubes and one 5” cube
- Faux bois wrapping paper
- Candle picks, three (found in the floral or wedding aisles)
- Natural embellishments, such as pine cones, nuts, deer moss
- Low-temp glue gun
- Thick, white craft glue or paper paste (Kathleen likes Yes! Paste)
- Tools needed: Scissors; ruler; 1” putty knife; optional: bone folder
To make a Fall, Faux Bois Candle Centerpiece:
1. From the faux bois wrapping paper cut:
- For each 3” cube: Cut a 12-½” x 3” strip and a 4” square
- For the 5” cube: Cut a 20-½” x 5” strip and 6” square
2. Score the 4” squares and 6” square ½” in from all four edges.
3. Spread a layer of Yes! Paste or other paper paste on the tops of the cubes. Center and adhere the corresponding paper square to the top of each cube. Clip the corners so the edges will fold down over the sides at the crease. Paste the folded edge of paper down onto the sides of the cube.
4. Wrap the paper strips around each cube, and lightly crease the corners. Remove the paper and score the fold lines.
5. Spread a thin layer of Yes! Paste or other paper paste on the sides of a cube, and attach the paper strip, lining up the corners. The ends should overlap. Repeat for the remaining cubes.
6. Wrap raffia three times around each cube, as if you were wrapping a package.
7. Center a candle pick over the top of each cube, and insert the candle pick straight into the cube of STYROFOAM Brand Foam.
8. Glue moss, nuts, pine cones, seed pods and other natural items around each candle pick.
9. Optional: Tie raffia in a bow and add to the top.
If you’re lucky enough to have a Container Store in your neighborhood, you might find faux bois wrapping paper in the store. Or, you can order it online.
This is such an easy and versatile idea, and here’s a variation to keep on hand for spring. Change your papers and your embellishments, and you have a whole new look.
Or, dress them up by wrapping the candle cubes in “ribbons” cut from a thin and flexible metal sheet used for metal tooling. Kathleen wrapped the Holiday Package Candleholders in fresh, geometric scrapbook papers for updated holiday style.
I wanted to share a a photo of the woodland critter we saw on our walk in the woods last week. We had fun watching him amble across the trail, and meander on into the woods.
Don’t forget about the end-of-summer Crafts & Coffee Giveaway! You have till Monday, August 25 to enter.