Custom Birthday Candles

Customize any number candle with any theme! EveryMomDay.com
Like many parents, we tend to host themed parties for the kids.  I have done common themes like Sesame Street, or some more unique/personalized themes like hot pink & zebra gymnastics!  A couple of years ago I was inspired by a photo I saw, probably on Pinterest or Etsy, where a simple number candle was customized for the party theme.  Sure, you can buy themed candles (if you pick a common theme), but they are typically generic – and not age specific.  With this tutorial you will see how fun and easy it is to make your own candle for your next upcoming party!

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)
Customize any number candle with any theme! EveryMomDay.com

What you need to do:

  1. 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.                               Customize any number candle with any theme! EveryMomDay.com
  2. 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.Customize any number candle with any theme! EveryMomDay.com
  3. 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.
  4. 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.                                                     Customize any number candle with any theme! EveryMomDay.com

 

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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.

 

6 thoughts on “Custom Birthday Candles

  1. OMG!!!! Wow, that’s awesome and creative! All these years I never thought about doing that with a candle. I am so happy I saw your post now I know what I am doing for my son’s next birthday. I absolutely love this custom birthday candle idea/ hack!!! Pinned!!!

  2. Awesome! I especially love the spiderman theme candle. Also, for my twin girls, this would be a fun way to make them each a unique candle. Thanks so much for linking up with #EverythingKids again this week.
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  3. Super clever idea!! My girls always choose themes that are impossible to find any decorations for. Personalizing their candle would make the party so much more fun.

    1. Yes! And while I never (or havent yet) did this – I always thought it’d be neat to save all of the candles to make a keepsake decoration!

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