I’ll be the first to admit that the words “foam” and “candle” don’t typically belong in the same sentence! But in this case, there is actually a glass candle holder between the glass and the foam. This is a great project for older girls who are more likely to be allowed to burn candles at home. The design of papers and embellishments used can be altered to match any room decor, favorite color or theme, or holiday!
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- Place the glass votive holder on top of the craft foam block and trace with a pencil. Use the serrated knife to cut on the traced line, cutting down approximately 2″. Use a spoon to remove the foam from the cavity and shape it squarely. Make sure the votive holder fits before moving on.
- Cut the base scrapbooking paper into two 6″ x 12″ pieces. One side at a time, apply the glue to the block and wrap the paper around, smoothing to ensure there are no air pockets or wrinkles. Glue the second piece around the other side and trim at the seam.
- Fold and glue the edges at the top and bottom of the block. Cut at the corners to remove any excess.
- For the top and bottom of the block, cut two 5″ squares from the scrapbooking paper and glue to the top and bottom. For the top, cut slits in a pie pattern on the back covering the opening of the block. Glue and fold to the inside of the opening. To line the opening, cut a 2″x9″ piece of paper. Apply the glue and inser the paper.
- Attach the grosgrain ribbon around the base of the block to accent, overlapping the ends.
- Replace the glass votive holder into the block. To add another design touch, display your foam block on top of contrasting fabric, furniture, or paper to really pop.
- Adults should supervise the use of the serrated knife.
I love this project because the things you can do with it go beyond personalizing a room! I always wanted to make wall names for my room, but sharing it with my brother and not wanting to make one for him too, that was an idea quickly squashed! Kids, especially creative girls, love to put a personal touch on things. With the permission of the parents, this is a great project for girls to help decorate their bedrooms or playrooms. I suggest 7″ letters as they seem to be the most widely available, however you can use whatever size letters you want to make the project more feasible for your troop. Since the wooden letters are the most customized of all the supplies, you can also request that the girl’s supply the letters – they can do their names, or words!
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- Remember, first, to allow the paint to dry between each step.
- Lay down the newspapers to protect your work area. Paint edges all around the letters.
- Plan out what patterns of paper should be used for each letter. Apply the glue stick to the front of the letter and smooth over the paper, removing any air pockets or wrinkles. Turn the letter paper side down onto the cutting mat. Have an adult use the craft knife to cut away the excess paper around the letters.
- You can also use the letters and trace out the shape onto the back side of the paper with a pencil and cut out the letters with scissors, then glue the paper onto the letters.
- Use outward strokes to sand the edges of the letters. This will create a slightly distressed look and secures the paper to the letters.
- Use tacky glue to attach felt flowers or other embellishments of choice to the letters. For a finishing touch, spray glitter spray over the entire letter.
- Craft knife should only be used by adults, or with adult supervision for older girls.
- Use glitter spray only outside or in a well-ventilated area.
Paper-Embellished Luminaries are a great project for both younger girls and older girls. You can use these luminance bags to decorate for a awards ceremony, or theme them for a holiday to decorate a house hold. This project shouldn’t require much skill and should be able to be done in about 45 minutes. You can make a trip out of going to a craft store to learn more about scrapbooking papers and let the girls pick out their favorite sheets, or buy a multi-pack using a theme. Another alternative to the decorative scrapbooking paper is plain construction paper.
- Wash glass containers.
- Measure height of glass containers. Cut a piece of scrapbook paper 12″ plus the height. Use decorative-edge scissors along bottom and top edge. Center this piece round the glass container. It will fit the 3″ square glass overlapping by 1/8″. On the large containers, the 12″ width will not cover completely. Measure the height and cut 2 pieces, 12″ wide plus the height. Wrap the tape measure around the containers to get the amount needed to cover completely and add 1/8″. Cut this measurement from the second piece.
- Wrap scrapbook paper around glass containers and use your fingers to crease on all corners. Remove paper and crease all folds.
- To make the cutout designs, place the paper punch along the folds to reach the center section and along the corner edges. Make soft folds in the center of the paper to punch this area. Align the punch along the soft folds. Punch firmly.
- Once you have punched the entire area, including the extra piece, use double-sided tape to hold paper to the glass, beginning with the largest piece.
- Tape ribbon in place overlapping the ends slightly. Secure with double sided tape.
- Place flame-less candles inside for a soft glow.
- Use flame-less candles instead of real candles. The paper is highly flammable, of course, so the flame-less candles will make the project safe for girls of all ages.
- Paper trimmers for cutting the large initial pieces should be used by adults when working with younger girls, or with adult supervision when working with older girls.