I adore Waldorf birthday rings. They create a beautiful family ritual that spirals back around each year as you focus on your birthday child.
We have an older birthday ring in my house. After seeing all of the new birthday ring accessories, I’m wondering if I can get away with connecting a couple of rings (well, several) to make a new decoration for my next birthday.
How Does a Birthday Ring Work?
The base of a birthday ring is a simple circle of wood with 12 (or 16) holes.
For your baby’s 1st birthday, put a candle in one hole and with numbers or figures in the other holes. Each year, add another candle. You can continue to use the figures you started out with, or you can add a new figure each year to represent your child’s growth or current interests.
Some families use the rings for other holidays or as a centerpiece for special dinners as well. Build up a collection of figures over time for a meaningful family traditional you can all share.
To Start a Birthday Ring Family Tradition
Start with at least three pieces: the ring (the base), one candle holder, one candle, and a figure representing your child. You don’t need 11 figures to start, though you may not be able to resist 11 gorgeous figures. You may want to buy a set of birthday numbers or start with a character number. We also have basic ring decorations, character figures, animal figures, and garden figures.
All of the pieces of the Waldorf birthday ring are part of our Green Celebrations collection. See them all on our Facebook page.