Tuesday, October 30, 2012

DIY Bat Mitzvah Candle Lighting Board

Hello!  Welcome to  my blog!  I've been busy, busy for the past few weeks getting ready for my stepdaughter's Bat Mitzvah.  I did a bunch of DIY projects for this event.  Today I'm going to show you how to make this awesome candle lighting board.  Its a tradition for the bar/bat mitzvah to call up a close friend or relative to help light each of her 13 candles (the bat mitzvah is celebrated when a jewish child turns 13 so its also a birthday party).


4"x4" post approximately 24" long (this will vary depending on how many candles and the size of the candles)
taper candles
3/4" drill bit
ribbon, tulle and letters to decorate and embellish


Gather your supplies. 

I had a left over 4"x4" post from building our refrigerator platform and purchased some white taper candles from Walmart.  Using the width of the taper candles and length of the board, we measured and marked where each hole would be drilled.

I drilled each hole approximately 1/2 deep.

Paint the entire board.  I used Kyrlon spray paint and primer in white.  It took at least 3-4 coats.

Wrap the outside of the board in ribbon.  I used the silver ribbon shown above.  Secure with hot glue.  The idea here is to cover up the outside so it doesn't look like a block of wood.

Embellish with tulle and letters.  I got the letters at AC Moore for $2 each.

Before placing the candles in the holes, we folded a piece of tulle and placed it over the hole.  This created a 'pouf' of tulle around each candle and helped to finish off the hole edges.  I was really trying to disguise this block of wood.  You can kind of see the poufs in the pic below.


That's it!  Thanks for stopping by and visiting my blog.