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Happy Birthday!

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.

Birthday candles

Birthday candles

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!

Birthday candles

Birthday candles

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