Faux Stone Candle Runner
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Faux Stone Candle Runner

Textured paints create the look of stone on this candle runner made from STYROFOAMâ„¢ 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
Craft Time: 60+ minutes
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Material List

  • STYROFOAMâ„¢ 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
  • Paintbrush
  • Utility Knife
  • Sharp Pencil
  • Toothpicks
  • Tea Light Refills
  • Chopstick or Skewer
  • Low-Temp Glue Gun and Glue Sticks

Project Instructions

Step: 1

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.

Step: 2

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.

Step: 3

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.

Step: 4

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.

Step: 5

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.