Saturday, September 7, 2019

Customize Your Birthday Cake Candles

Make your own custom birthday cake candles

Hello September and hello readers!

In last week's post I shared with you the decor from my Daughter's bakery themed birthday party.  As promised, I'm back today with step-by-step instructions on how to make over birthday cake candles.

When looking at candles this year I couldn't find anything I liked that wouldn't clash with the cake decor.  I decided to purchase a couple of standard candles and then revamp them using paint and sprinkles.  Read on to see how easy it is to customize your own:


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Supplies needed to make your own custom birthday cake candles

For this project you will need your numeral candles, glue, paint, and old paintbrush, clear coat spray (not pictured) and the embellishment of your choice.  I used sprinkles, but glitter, sequins, buttons and many other small items will work as well. 

Customize your own birthday cake candles

The first step that I took was to paint over the red design (front and back) using  purple acrylic paint.  Once when trying to make a set with gold spray paint, the candles would not dry and smudged even hours later.  Acrylic paint has worked well for me though.

Add sprinkles to custom design your birthday cake candles

Once the paint was dry I used a paintbrush to apply white glue to the front of the candles, then added sprinkles.  You may want to use an inexpensive paintbrush like I did so your good brushes aren't ruined with glue 😉  

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How to custom design your own birthday cake candles
Let Dry & Seal

After letting the glue dry I sprayed both sides of the candles with a clear coat spray.  This helped to keep the sprinkles in place and prevented any moisture damage to the candles from occurring.

Use Sprinkles and Paint to Custom Design Your own Birthday Cake Candles
Custom Candles

And there you have it; easy to make birthday candles that match any theme!

Want to see more from this party:


  1. Your custom candles look great ~ what a huge difference in the before and after! Pinned.

  2. So creative ! I'm sure the kids would also enjoy getting involved in this craft.
    Thank you for sharing with us at Meraki Link Party, Jennifer.