What you need:
- A number candle – to correspond with the age of your child.
- A sharp knife
- Puffy Paint – in whatever colors you need for your theme
- Sharpie (optional)
- Glitter/Rhinestones (optional)
What you need to do:
- Take the sharp knife and carefully scrape off the colored border/decoration on the candle. You will be applying paint over the number, but I still prefer to scrape off the color it came with, so that I don't have to be as nervous about missing an edge.
- Begin working on your design. This can be as basic or intricate as you desire. I typically start with the outline and then fill it in. You can use the tip of the puffy paint or a toothpick to help ensure that the paint fills all of the little nooks and crannies. If you want to add glitter or rhinestones, do that while the paint is fresh/wet – so that it will dry and adhere the glitter/rhinestones to the candle.
- You will need to allow your candle to dry between colors/layers. I typically can do the outline and base color in one go – let it set overnight – then resume decorating in the morning.
- Sharpies are great for adding small details like the webs on this Spiderman candle. Other designs may be just as easy to do with paint alone.
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I only recommend this for birthday candles that will be burning a short time. When we burn our candles for birthdays, they are only lit a short time (to sing) and don't burn down the number at all – just the wick and maybe a little wax off the top. I do not have any knowledge on how the paint would burn if you left the candle to burn all the way – so please use discretion.