{One Candle} Homemade 1st Birthday Invitation

About two weeks ago I received an email from a mom that was looking for the perfect handmade invitation for her little girl’s first birthday.

That mom’s name was Amy and she had almost given up hope of finding one online that she liked until she happened upon my site!  She found the 1st birthday invitation I had posted here, but wanted a different color scheme.

Amy was looking for a girly invitation using pinks and whites, so I gave her a couple of different paper prints and colors to choose from.  She really liked them all but decided on this color combination.  I was hoping that she would choose this one because it was my favorite too!  :)

So, I got to work making the invites and actually just got them finished!  I’m so excited for Amy to see them because I think she’ll love them!

I’ve written a tutorial below incase you’d also like to make these homemade first birthday invitations.  And, remember, if you’d like, I can make them for you!  I love custom creating invitations and would love to make some for you too!  Just contact me and I’ll get some ideas and a price to you right away!  Or, make it really easy and just click here to order in my Etsy shop!

{DIY} First Birthday Invitation…

{ Supplies }

Supply List…

Begin by cutting the pink cardstock in half to a size of 5-1/2″x 8-1/2″.  Next, cut the pink & white stripe paper to a size of 5-1/4″x 8-1/4″.  Then, using another piece of pink cardstock, cut it to a size of 4-1/4″x 7-1/4″.  I love using my X-acto Paper Trimmer for all this cutting!

Next, using either Word or a printshop program, design a text layout.  Be creative and have fun with it!  Amy actually chose the super cute saying on this invitation…

“One little candle, One little cake,

One first year to celebrate”

Once you have a good layout, test print it and then print it out on the white cardstock.  I was able to fit 3 layouts on one sheet of paper.

Next, cut the white cardstock to a size of 6-1/2″x 3-1/2″.

{ Cut supplies }

Attach all the layers together using mounting squares.  Be sure to keep all the layers centered.

{ Assembled invitations }

The final step is to tie a ribbon around a white birthday candle.  I also used a dab of hot glue on the knot of the ribbon to keep it tied.

Attach the candle and ribbon to the invitation using hot glue.

That’s it!  So cute and pretty simple to make!!  Good luck…I’d love to see your final invitation!

Thanks also to Amy for giving me the opportunity to create this beautiful invitation!



  1. 1

    I LOVE this idea! Simply fabulous Lindsay!

  2. 3

    sooooooooooooooooooo cute ………………

  3. 5

    So simple and sweet! Thanks for sharing!

  4. 6

    Love the candle idea- it’s so adorable!

  5. 7

    Lindsay what a fabulous idea! So creative! xo

  6. 8
    cakewalk says:

    I love the candle it’s simple and sweet and says it all!! Very Cute!

  7. 10
    Debbie says:

    I’m in love with this one! The candle is a great touch! You know I love all your invites and your customer will be thrilled!
    Debbie–Party Patisserie

  8. 12
    Louisa says:

    Awww…very cute. I like the candle idea.

  9. 14

    Such a simply sweet card — perfect for a 1st birthday! What a fabulous idea!

  10. 16
    Pamela says:

    Very classy! I am in love with these invitations!

  11. 18
    Vikie says:

    I love this! I have a question though, will the candle stay on the invitation through the mail?? I’m afraid the mail handling will detach the candle. Any advice? Let me know.


    • 19

      Hi Vikie! I haven’t had any trouble with the candle staying attached during the mailing process….in fact, I’ve trying to take one off before to move it and it was really hard to just do that! I like to use hot glue and glue it right on the ribbon wrap and stick it on the paper and it works great! I’ve custom made and sold a ton of this design and no one has ever complained about the candle falling off…. Hope this helps!

      • 20
        bethany says:

        I was wondering what you were using as an envelope…are you using a box invitation envelope to send these out so the candle doesn’t come off through the mail sorting machines?

        • 21

          Hi Bethany,
          Actually, they mail out just great in an envelope! As long as you hot-glue on the candle (on the ribbon part), then it’s actually difficult to get the candle off. I’ve made these invitations for a lot of custom orders and have not had any trouble with them going through the mail. You could also mail them in cute little invitation boxes as well, but an envelope seems to work just fine :)

  12. 22
    Gloria says:

    The invitations are just cute and easy to make …. thanks for the simple yet elegant idea.. my daughter is turning 1 in Dec 12, Great idea!! thanks a load !!

  13. 24
    Tina says:

    Very cute idea. I was searching high and low for the striped card stock and could not find it. I don’t have a Hobby Lobby close by. Any help you can give would be much appreciated.
    Thanks again for ths tutorial and idea, plan to try this for my daughters first birthday.

  14. 25
    Sharon says:

    did you need any sort of special postage to mail these? how did the candle hold up?

    • 26

      The candle holds up great during postage, however to be on the safe side, I recommend having them hand stamped/sorted. This only costs an additional 20 cents at the post office. Thanks!

  15. 27
    marie says:

    For a few weeks ,I have been searching for the perfect DIY Handmade 1st Bday Invitations. I searched Pinterest, Martha Stewart and Google; I was having the worst time finding “the invitation.” Today, I came across your website and saw this invite and knew, immediately, this was the one.

    The color scheme for my dd party is yellow, gray and white with a splash of pink (the ribbon on the candle :-) ). I already have the accent paper, which became my inspiration for the color. I will be heading to Michael’s Craft Store to purchase my supplies. I am so excited.

    Thank you for sharing your crafty gift and I will upload the finished product.

  16. 28
    Laura says:

    Thank you so much for the great idea- you are so creative!

  17. 29
    Kristin says:

    Thank you for the idea! I was looking for a cute invitation that didn’t have photos on it. This worked beautifully!!

  18. 30
    simran says:

    Hi Lindsay,
    Your design is wonderful. Im using it for my son’s birthday all the way here in India ! Im finding it difficult to source 100 white candles. Any tips on where i can find them. I have someone travelling from the US to India so I can order them
    Thanks a bunch.

    • 31

      Hello Simran, Thank you for your compliments :) You can Google “bulk white birthday invitations” and you should be able to find a supplier. I have a supplier here in the US and there are several you can find online. Good luck!

  19. 32
    Amara says:

    question how much do you charge for these very cute !

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