Faux Bois Candle Holders

By  Kathleen George  for  The Dow Chemical Co.

sizes: 3"x3"x3", 5"x5"x5"

  • Faux Bois Candle Holders


  • Dow STYROFOAM Brand Foam Cubes: 3”, two; 5”, one
  • Faux bois giftwrap
  • Metal candle picks, two or three
  • Brown raffia
  • Natural embellishments: pinecones, nuts, deer moss, etc.
  • Taper candles, two or three


  • Putty knife, 1”
  • Adhesives: Gane Bros. Yes! Paste, low-temp glue gun and sticks, thick white craft glue

Basic Supplies

  • paper trimmer, scoring board, scissors, ruler, pencil
  • 1. Cut 12-1/2"x3" strip and 4" square of faux bois paper to cover each 3" foam cube.
  • 2. Vertically score paper strips 1/2" from one end, then every 3" to opposite end. Score paper squares 1/2" from each edge.
  • 3. Using putty knife, spread layer of paste over top of first 3" cube. Center paper square on top of cube. Clip corners so edges will fold down smoothly; crease folds with fingers. Apply paste beneath paper edges and press firmly to foam.
  • 4. Spread thin layer of paste over sides of cube, including folded tabs from paper square. Beginning with 1/2" tab and aligning creases with cube corners, adhere paper strip around cube. Tab will be hidden beneath last paper section.
  • 5. Cover 5" cube in same way as 3" cubes, cutting 6" square for top and 20-1/2"x5" strip for sides. Score square 1/2" from each edge. Score strip at 1/2", then every 5" to opposite end. Adhere pieces to cube.
  • 6. Wrap raffia three times around each cube like wrapping a package. Push point of candle pick straight down into center top of each cube or 3" cubes only, as shown in photo.
  • 7. Using low-temp glue gun, adhere natural embellishments to cube around candle pick.
  • 8. Using white glue, adhere bits of moss or similar material around natural objects.
  • 9. Tie raffia bows; adhere to top of each cube.
  • Tip
  • 1. For a holiday feel, wrap cubes to resemble little packages. Embellish with ribbon or tinsel and tiny ornaments or metallic stars after inserting candle picks.