Make Your Own Birthday Candles

February 16, 2011

make your own birthday candles Martha Stewart

The Crafts Dept blog featured a clever how-to on making your own birthday candles. I think they look so cute! It would be a fun way to decorate a simple cake if you’re not in the mood to pull out your frosting tips.

How do you handle birthday cakes? Do you like to make something elaborate? My mom is a whiz with frosting and always made the fanciest layer cakes for our birthdays.

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1 Kim February 16, 2011 at 4:43 am

What a great idea! And perfect timing too – my birthday is next week!

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2 alyson boehr February 16, 2011 at 4:49 am

Also perfect timing for us…birthdays are in a few weeks :) Gonna have to try the letter candle. I usually make cupcakes for Ash…they are easier and everyone feels like they have their own mini cake!

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3 Ashlea Walter February 16, 2011 at 5:23 am

Amazing. I honestly never thought to even attempt something like this. So much better than decorating the cake with icing ornaments! Take a simple cake and make it “wow” with candles. Love!

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4 MrsF February 16, 2011 at 6:06 am

Perfect timing for me too!!! My daughter’s birthday is in 3 weeks and I’ve been searching absolutely everywhere for cute birthday beeswax candles. Can’t wait to get started – thanks, Gabrielle!!!

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5 Ashley Rae February 16, 2011 at 8:02 am

i love this idea! I definitely will be trying this soon! :) thanks for the idea!

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6 Lesley February 16, 2011 at 8:58 am

Thanks!!! My son’s birthday is in a few weeks and this is exactly what I needed.

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7 Jenni February 16, 2011 at 9:04 am

Those are awesome! I’m a pretty low-key cake decorator. The biggest hit with Pea so far was two layers of white cake (from a box, unfortunately) with whipped cream and fresh blueberries sandwiched between. It looked fluffy and lovely but was a nightmare to cut into. Still, she keeps asking for another one so I would have to call it a success.

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8 Lindsay C. February 16, 2011 at 9:10 am

ABSOLUTELY AMAZING! I love this idea! Too cute!

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9 bdaiss February 16, 2011 at 12:48 pm

Those are awesome! And who knew it could be so dang easy?

We’re in the “elaborately handmade” camp over here. I’m lucky that my mom always volunteers to make whatever I dream up. Her favorite story of my youth: my birthday is in July (hot) but she always made my birthday cakes. For my 12 or 13th birthday she thought she’d get me a special treat – a store bought cake with all the fancy flowers and such. A few days later she overheard me on the phone to an out-of-state friend. I was rehashing my birthday and told my friend how it was pretty awesome except my mom bought a fake cake. To my defense – at least she now knew how much I appreciated the hard work of her home baked cakes, even if I never outright told her!

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10 Miss Stovetop February 16, 2011 at 1:42 pm

This is one of the cutest things I’ve seen in a while!

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11 Shannon Best February 16, 2011 at 2:15 pm

One word: Grandma! :) She makes the best cakes and has done them for both her sons and I gave her the gift of doing them for the twins. :)

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12 RainyDayCottage February 16, 2011 at 4:15 pm

I had no idea making birthday candles could be so easy! My neice has a birthday coming up and I bet should love something like this!

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13 http://travelingbugwiththreeboys-kelleyn.blogspot.com/ February 16, 2011 at 8:25 pm

Adorable!

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14 vanessa February 17, 2011 at 8:20 am

oh now that is the coolest idea ever. then i don’t have to feel guilty from always buying their cakes if i do this!

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15 Rita February 17, 2011 at 3:57 pm

This is such a nice idea. But I’m displaying my ignorance here… how is the wick attached to it in the back? Can you buy wick and wick holders like the ones shown?

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16 Sandra May 23, 2011 at 2:28 pm

Wow, i’ve never thought of making your own birthday party candles, such a cool idea!

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17 Lynette Pullin February 29, 2012 at 10:58 pm

These are great. I would love to start making these for my grandkids birthdays. I have one question where do you find the flat sheets of wax?

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