When one of my closest friends celebrated her 30th birthday, I was determined to do something over the top that she would not expect.
Everyone has seen the pink flamingos that you can rent and plaster all over someone’s front lawn – I wanted something different though.
Something like…..candles! But not just a few, there needed to be 30 of them. With the help of my ever so creative mom, we came up with a way to make life size candles to display all over her yard.
Here is what we used:
Thin wood stakes – we used old survey stakes, about 1/2 inch in width. They need to be strong enough to stay standing but thin enough to slide into a pool noodle. The height of the wood really depends on how big you want the candles to be, the ones I used were about 2 feet high.
1 inch thick foam – you will need a fair amount of this depending on how many candles are being made
Foam pool noodles of different colors – I was originally thinking I would use one full noodle per candle but quickly realized that would be way too high, so I cut them in half.
Yellow plastic bags, or any weather proof type of material.
The assembly of the candles was quite easy and fast. With the wood all pre-cut to the same height, I slid each piece into a halved pool noodle, leaving about 4 inches of wood sticking out at the bottom to push into the ground. I cut out a flame shape, maybe 2 inches x 3 and used it as a template to cut out the remaining 29 flames. I then cut out fairly large pieces of the plastic making sure there was excess after it was wrapped around the flame. I used this extra plastic to stuff into the pool noodle hole, which is what kept the flame in place while also allowing it to move a little in the wind – like it was flickering.
The candles looked awesome scattered all over her front lawn – I made her keep them up for her entire ‘birth’ week. I just wish I could of seen her face when she drove around the corner and saw this!