Faux Stone Candle Runner
Textured paints create the look of stone on this candle runner made from STYROFOAM™ brand foam. Many brush-on and spray-on faux finishes are available, just be sure the one you choose is safe for STYROFOAM brand foam.
Designed by Kathleen George for The Dow Chemical Company
- STYROFOAM™ Brand Foam: 2-inch Cubes (4), 4-inch x 12-inch x 2-inch Block (1)
- Textured Paint: Dark Gray, Black
- Putty Knives: Wide, Narrow
- Utility Knife
- Sharp Pencil
- Tea Light Refills
- Chopstick or Skewer
- Low-Temp Glue Gun and Glue Sticks
Center tea light refill on 2-inch cube of STYROFOAM brand foam and trace around tea light with sharp pencil. Using utility knife, carve out a 3/8-inch deep hole; smooth bottom using blunt end of knife. Test fit tea light and adjust hole as needed. Repeat with remaining cubes.
Insert chopstick or skewer into bottom of cube and use as a handle. Spread a thin layer of dark gray textured paint on sides and top of cube using narrow putty knife. (Note: finish does not need to be smooth; a rough texture adds realism.) Use paintbrush to paint sides of hole. Stand chopstick in a glass while paint dries. Repeat for remaining cubes.
Use narrow putty knife to apply a thick coat of black textured paint to the 2-inch sides of the foam block. Use edge of the putty knife blade to create a rough texture. Spread black textured paint generously on top of base; spread smooth with wide putty knife. Let dry.
Spread glue on one end of toothpick and insert half way into base of foam cube; spread glue on base of cube and toothpick and insert into base.
Add tea lights.
Use photo as a guide and follow manufacturer’s instructions for all products used.
Need a different size? Extend or shorten the base and alter the number of cubes accordingly.
WARNING TO PREVENT FIRE: Burn candles within sight; keep out of reach of children and pets; never burn on or near anything that can catch fire.