Tinsel Tuesdays: DIY Stacked Ornament Candleholders

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.

DIY these sparkling candleholders using Styrofoam brand foam. CraftsnCoffee.com.

Ornament Candleholders by Kathleen George.

These are made from balls of Styrofoam brand foam, so you can easily change up the colors. CraftsnCoffee.com.

The red and green glitter really sparkles. Of course, you can change up the colors to match your favorite Christmas decorations.

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.

This isn't a real ornament -- it's a glittered ball of Styrofoam brand foam. CraftsnCoffee.com.

Mix and match the candleholders. Make both as shown, or make two of the single ornament candleholders, or vice versa.

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.

Detail of DIY ornament candleholders. So pretty and made from Styrofoam balls.

A thin, wood skewer runs through these balls. Be sure the balls are centered and straight as you thread them on.

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!


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6 Responses to Tinsel Tuesdays: DIY Stacked Ornament Candleholders

  1. Sadie says:

    These look great, good job! I am planning something similar, and I love how I can cut the styrofoam into any shape I like, but worried about the heat of the candle wax on the styrofoam. I wouldn’t want it to start fuming & melting when my friend uses her gift!! I am putting a little dish on top to catch the wax, though I’m scared that if the pool of hot wax sits on top of the styrofoam it will burn it. What was your experience when using you candles? Do you have any ideas for me on how to protect the styrofoam from the heat?

  2. These are lovely! You could even do them in red, white and blue for the 4th, black and orange for Halloween, rusts, creams, reds, oranges and browns for Thanksgiving, pastel colors for Easter! Oh my, the possibilities are endless! Thanks for the inspiration!

  3. LisaM6 says:

    Such fun. Love the tinsel colors. Not just for Christmas but you could change out the colors and have candle sticks for all year round. Great tut!

    • Sharon says:

      I know, don’t you love the glitter? And I love your idea for changing up the colors — summer brights, Easter pastels, etc., could be so pretty. Happy crafting, Lisa. Sharon

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