Fearless Friday, Candle Party Plates



Let’s have some party fun today and paint some festive candles   🎂



You don’t have to be an artist to paint these funky candles, all you need is a rough sketch to plan the colors and design



Some paint,* and several brushes

* if you aren’t painting on glass, you can use regular acrylic paint, matte or gloss



These are my go to brushes for small acrylic work, in several sizes

from right to left

Flat: a square flat bristle with a fine edge

Round:  a full fat oval shaped bristle with a pointed tip

Filbert:  like a flat brush, but the tip is rounded on either side

Liner: very small thin bristle, good for detailing



Use a flat brush for the candle



Load brush with ample paint {make a few practice strokes to get the feel}

Draw brush along the area, pressing firmly and lifting off quickly at the end of stroke for a clean edge

The stroke will be fatter than the brush, so try a few different sizes to determine the size to use



When painting multiple pieces with the same design, lay them out on your work surface like an assembly line, this way you paint all the pink, then all the purple, etc, and don’t have to clean your brush so often



Use a large round brush for the flame, load it, then press down firmly using the brush to make the flame shape.  Quickly lift and twist the brush to finish stroke and leave a tip on the flame



Once candles are dry add patterns, dots, stripes, swirls



Use the handle tip for making dots by dipping the opposite end of the brush, the tip of the handle, into paint and then applying it to the piece with a firm dab



Use the liner brush for swirls, a small round brush to place a smaller orange flame inside the large yellow one, and a small flat brush for stripes



You can paint favors too



I found these mini buckets in the $1 bin at Target, you can fill them with popcorn or a snack mix for party fun or favors



Paint a glass, this one is similar to the Birthday Cake Glass we painted last fall



Birthday Cake Glass



2 things to remember:

*If painting glasses or dishes, use curable paint made for glass.  There are lots of varieties and brands available, I prefer the opaque rather than transparent, for depth of color.  I also like to use gloss rather than matte finish.  Check the different brands and choose the one that meets your preference

Paint only the surfaces that won’t come in contact with food or utensils.  Utensils can scratch the paint.  Look for dishes that have a raised border or an upturned edge, like the square plates I used

Deco Art offers a reasonably priced sample pack of opaque glossy paint  here


Sources for white dinnerware

Bed Bath Beyond, Old Time Pottery, Target, Walmart

Have fun and Be Fearless!


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I will be joining these fabulous parties and blogs:

Rustic and RefinedBetween Naps on the PorchCelebrate and Decorate,

Coastal CharmCooking and Crafting with J&J,  The Scoop,   A Stroll Thru Life 

Lori’s Culinary Creations,   Moonlight and Mason Jars

Full Plate Thursday  Foodie Friday & Everything Else

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20 Responses to “Fearless Friday, Candle Party Plates”
  1. Jodi says:

    Such a great idea! I love them!!!!

  2. I love this idea. I can see a project with grandkids in the near future. Thanks so much and have a great weekend!

  3. Mary says:

    Simply adorable Jenna! I love your candle plates and glasses too. I always check out the Dollar Spot at Target when I’m there, it’s like a treasure hunt 🙂

  4. Jenna, these are the cutest plates! You make it look so simple, I think I MIGHT could do it! Happy Weekend!

  5. Adorable!

  6. This is such a fun post and I really love the project. Very cute finished project and good instructions, especially about the kind of paint to use for dishes. Thanks!

  7. Rosie M. says:

    Thank you for the tutorial, Jenna. Just yesterday I mentioned one of my favorite parts of your birthday post was the candle plate, and today voila! You’ve encouraged me to think I could just do this! Rosie

  8. You have the most fun ideas Jenna. I want to celebrate my birthday at your house!

  9. Leslie Anne Tarabella says:

    My grandmother had a plate that said, “Today is my special day.” I always used it EVERY time I was at her house, not just on my birthday. Wouldn’t you know, my cousin ended up grabbing it when we were closing up the house. I never thought about painting my own plate! Such a great idea, and now I’m happy again! It really is my special day!!!

  10. I’m not much of an artist but you made this look so easy! Pinning to try!

  11. Oh my goodness! Those turned out so cute! You are so talented!

  12. Very cute. You make it look easy.

  13. diy180 says:

    These are so adorable. I love how easy they are to make. Thank you for sharing at Dishing it and Digging it link party. We love having you.

  14. Kim says:

    What fun and pretty plates! Versatile, too. You rock, my painting friend. 😄

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