If you want a number birthday candle, you have very few options to pick from. Which is surprising with the resurgence of classic party ware. Don’t give up, just decorate your own. You can have a glittery birthday candle and pick the color too. If you’re worried about glitter getting all over your frosting, there is a solution: edible glitter. The glitter still sparkles like crazy, but it is safe to eat, so you won’t mind one bit if it gets on everything. I love the edible glitter so much I had to sprinkle it on the icing too. See below for a glitter candles diy.

You will need: ModPodge (or other non-toxic craft glue), edible glitter, plain number birthday candle

Using a clean paintbrush, cover the front of the candle with a thin coat of ModPodge. Cover just outside the lines of the candle color, covering up the red outline too. Sometimes the wax will cause it to bead up slightly, just keep recoating until it is covered. Sprinkle with a good coat of glitter and tap off excess. Let dry. Flip and do the other side of the number candle. Let dry. Use a clean, dry paintbrush to brush off any excess glitter. Pop this sparkly little number in a cupcake or on top of a birthday cake and make a wish!

Photography, design and styling by Jenny Batt


  1. Those look great!! I have often thought about glittering them up myself, but didn’t want the glitter on the food. Great idea to use the edible glitter. Why didn’t I think of that?!? :-) I am going to do this for the next birthday party.

    Judy B    Wednesday, January 2, 2013
  2. Where did you found the edible glitter?

    Jesse    Wednesday, January 2, 2013
  3. That looks great, my kids love using Glitter.

    dg    Wednesday, January 2, 2013
  4. Edible glitter is the best invention! I love this idea, it’s so customizable with whatever cake you end up going with (which is nice because I’m a stickler about matching colors).

    Erica    Friday, January 4, 2013
  5. Why does the glitter need to be edible? I saw this on pinterest and someone said “edible birthday candles” with modge podge and candle wax underneath I am guessing that is not true. However what a cute and fairly simple idea to spice up a birthday candle and thus cake for a little one!

    aimee @ like mother    Thursday, January 17, 2013
  6. Hi aimee @ like mother–The glitter on the candles is edible so that if any glitter falls onto your cake or cupcakes (and we all know how easily glitter gets EVERYWHERE) you won’t be eating real glitter. You can make these with real glitter, but don’t put them onto a cake that young kids are going to eat. Adults might know to avoid the glitter. xo B

    Brittany    Thursday, January 17, 2013
  7. This is adorable and I’m going to do it for my daughter’s birthday in a couple weeks…thanks for an awesome idea!

    Sandie    Monday, January 21, 2013
  8. Where did you find the edible glitter?

    Christina    Monday, February 4, 2013
  9. The term “Edible Glitter” is really misleading. If you look at the website that makes all the edible glitters (there aren’t many) you’ll find that they are NON-TOXIC and “Not for consumption”. Even more alarming, look at the ingredients. There usually aren’t any. That’s because it’s plastic. You usually have to write the company in order to find out that tidbit. Not good eats.

    Leslie    Monday, April 1, 2013
  10. Hi Leslie–Thanks for your comment. We sell edible glitter on our other site Bake It Pretty http://www.bakeitpretty.com/categories/Sprinkles-and-Edible-Decorations/ but the glitter isn’t as fine as the one Jenny used. However the ingredients for our edible glitter are gum arabic or cornstarch based and can be consumed. xo Brittany

    Brittany    Thursday, April 4, 2013
  11. i love this idea but i be a bit concerened about the modge poge on the glittter that falls ont to cake. i have one suggestion instead of modge podge to make this truely edible and safe use cornsyrup as the glue base its just as sticky and completly safe if ingested.

    marianne wrenn    Friday, April 19, 2013
  12. Could you use the Modge Podge to seal the glitter after its completely dry so the glitter doesn’t fall off?

    Jennifer    Sunday, August 25, 2013
  13. Edible glitter is just glitter that is non toxic. Made of small plastic particles that will pass through your body.

    Julie    Monday, August 18, 2014
  14. could you heat the candle with a torch to melt the wax just slightly and stick the glitter on that way? then no glue involved.

    BJMRamage    Friday, August 22, 2014
  15. Hi, I have been looking for non toxic glitter for some time. With the glitter you use does it matter if you burn it also?! Can the glitter be burnt without any risk of it burning or being flammable?!

    I look forward to hearing back from you.

    Thanks Nancy.

    Nancy Wonsup    Saturday, September 13, 2014

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