Sleek & Stainless Pencil Cube
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Sleek & Stainless Pencil Cube

So sleek & chic, who would guess that this easy-to-make pencil cube is crafted from paper and a cube of STYROFOAM™ brand foam? No special tools required - if you can cut paper, you can make it!
Designed by Kathleen George for The Dow Chemical Company
Craft Time: 60+ minutes
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Material List

  • STYROFOAM™ Brand Foam Cube: 5-inch
  • Specialty Papers: Silver Textured, Silver Mirrored Tagboard, Silver Corrugated
  • Grommets: 3/8-inch (16)
  • Scissors
  • X-Acto® Knife with new blade
  • Ruler
  • Pencils
  • Thick White Craft Glue
  • Craft Pins

Project Instructions

Step: 1

Cut four 5-inch squares of silver textured paper. Spread a thin, even coat of glue onto one side of foam cube and adhere one paper square; if needed secure corners with straight pins until dry. Trim away excess paper. Repeat for remaining three sides of cube.

Step: 2

Cut one 5-inch square of silver mirrored tagboard. Repeat previous step to glue to top of cube.

Step: 3

Cut four ½-inch x 5-inch strips of corrugated paper; corrugated ribs should be vertical. Fold strips in half vertically and glue to the four vertical corners, covering edges.

Step: 4

Using ruler and pencil, mark top with 16 evenly spaced points in four rows of four. With tip of X-Acto knife, cut a small X through the paper at each point. Insert a pencil through the X and push straight down 1½ to 2-inches into the foam. Twist pencil to enlarge the hole so that it slips in and out easily.

Step: 5

Spread glue on reverse side of grommet and push into hole until it rests tight against the top of the cube. Repeat until all 16 grommets are inserted in top of cube.


Use photo as a guide and follow manufacturer’s instructions for all products used.