What You Need
- Plastic foam (We used Floral Styrofoam.)
- Plastic-foam cutter (We used Floracraft Styro Wonder Cutter Plus.)
- Straight pins
- Crafts knife
- Metal ruler
- Crafts glue
- Masking tape
- Black spray paint (We used Krylon flat black.)
- Wooden toothpicks
- 3-inch wooden craft picks
- Heat gun
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How to Make It
- Download the patterns above and enlarge to your desired size.
- Cut out the patterns and pin them to the foam.
- With black paint, spray the patterns to create pattern silhouettes.
- Remove the patterns to reveal the candelabra shapes.
- With a crafts knife, cut away the excess foam in the larger sections.
- Note: If a piece of foam breaks, add a generous amount of glue, place toothpicks or craft picks into one side of the break, and then press the other section back into place.
- Hold the pieces together with masking tape until the glue dries.
- With the heated foam cutter, cut the curved shapes on each foam piece.
- Use a metal ruler and crafts knife to cut the straight lines, such as the taper shapes. A piece of scrap foam will serve as sandpaper to sand areas smooth if needed.
- For added strength, insert craft picks into curved areas, pushing the picks below the foam surface.
- With the heat gun, heat all foam surfaces until you hear a sizzle, indicating that the foam has shrunk slightly and become stiffer.
- Apply a generous amount of glue to the center cutout areas and gently slide the two foam pieces together to form the candelabra.
- Apply tape until the glue dries.
- In a well-ventilated area, apply several light coats of paint, allowing drying time between coats.