striped birthday candles • A Subtle Revelry

striped birthday candles

Making a birthday cake feel special doesn’t mean you have to be a fondant wiz. Paint a series of rugby lines onto store bought party candles and instantly turn a simple cake into a festive treat. 

I love the look of creative (fancy) candles, but often cannot find them where I live. Creating easy ways to spruce up basic ones makes birthdays easy to celebrate. What I love most about these candles is that they are easy to make and really fun to use. They add that simple detail that will make any party feel gussied up and special. 

To make the striped candles, tape off wide rugby lines on any package of store bought candles (I used longer candles, but it would work scaled down to regular sized candles as well). Use acrylic paint to fill in the between the lines. I liked the look pf painting grey, white, and copper lines onto the clorful candles. The idea is that there is a contrast in the candles, which creates drama and fun on the cake.

Photography done in collaboration with Jocelyn Noel Photography.


  1. Matt

    30 April

    Love these

  2. lyndsay

    2 May

    totally agree – simple and special things like super cute candles or a handmade cake topper can make any cake totally celebratory! :)

    love the rugby stripers!

  3. Catharine

    4 May

    These are just beautiful and I will try them myself for the next family birthday. can you make any suggestions about where to buy the extra long candles? I find them tricky to locate and usually really expensive.

    Thanks C

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