DIY Giant Birthday Candles — Looking to create a little birthday surprise? Learn how to repurpose plain mailing tubes into DIY Giant Birthday Candles for your next party!
Does a birthday go by without candles? I’d say they’re a necessity to celebrate turning a year older!
In today’s DIY, learn how to repurpose plain mailing tubes into giant candle decorations for your next birthday party.
Looking to create a little birthday surprise? Try lining them up at the entrance to the party or while the birthday boy/girl is sleeping. Then, fill their room with candles for a morning surprise.
The added bonus of using mailing tubes is that they can still be used as packaging. You can fill the candles with small or soft items for a fun and unexpected gift box.
Materials & Tools Needed To Make DIY Giant Birthday Candles
- White cardstock
- Cardboard mailing tubes — Tubes pictured are 3” x 36”, 2 ½” x 24”, and 1 ½” x 18”.
- White rope
- Hot glue gun
How To Make DIY Giant Birthday Candles
1 — Paint your mailing tubes with white paint.
The tubes I bought were slightly grey and had marks on them from the store so the white paint just cleaned them up a bit.
If your tubes are in good shape, you can skip this step.
2 — While the white paint is drying, draw a circle onto the white cardstock.
3 — Cut out the circle and a wedge so that it forms a cone to fit the top of the tube.
4 — Cut a piece of rope about 5” long. If your rope tends to fray, use tape to prevent this.
5 — To form the wick, hot glue the rope to the centre of the mailing tube’s lid. Put back onto the mailing tube.
6 — Now that the rope is attached, you can better adjust your cone to fit the tube. Cut out a bit of the centre to accommodate for the rope and hot glue the cone together.
7 — Put hot glue around the rim of the tube and attach to the base of the cone.
8 — Remove the tape from the rope and use hot glue to prevent fraying.
9 — Paint stripes using the spiral line on the tube as a guide. I found it best to let one spiral dry before adding another line. This way you don’t have to worry about smudging the wet paint.