DIY Party Animal Candles

Aug 9

Hi there, it’s Jenny from Hank + Hunt with a fun and super easy diy today! As soon as I thought of making these I got a huge kick out of naming them Party Animals. Hilarious, but if you hear groaning…it’s coming from my house. Regardless of how cheesy the name is, these turn out awesome. Your kid’s favorite animal holding that birthday candle minus those red eyes that are oh so typical for plastic creatures, awesome.

Supplies –

  • plastic animals
  • plastic candle holders
  • drill with 1/8″ drill bit
  • pliers
  • gold spray paint

For the plastic animals, you can use any kind you can find. Keep in mind the size of the cake or cupcake you are sticking it on. I used the animals with a flat back, so it is easier to stick in the candle holder.

Hold the animal with the pliers and drill a hole straight down, being careful not to pop out the other side. The hole just has to be deep enough for the holder to fit.

Spray paint the animals in a few light coats, rotating them to cover all sides. Note: I used gold (w/o primer) and it worked fine for both the nicer plastic animals and the dollar store ones. I wanted a pop of color but some of the animals didn’t take to regular spray paint, be sure to use a plastic spray paint or a primer for plastic and always test one first.

I also painted the candle holders to match. Let dry.

That’s it. Party on like an animal! Rawr.

{Photos by Hank + Hunt for The Sweetest Occasion.}

126 thoughts on “DIY Party Animal Candles”

  1. OMG! These are so great! They look expensive too! I think they would be super cool without the candle on the top for “Manly Cupcakes”!!!!

  2. I just made these for my sister’s birthday and they turned out GREAT! I’m looking for excuses to use them in my daily life because they are so cute. Thanks for the fun idea!

  3. Love these, such a fab idea. But a question- is there some way to make the spray paint food safe? I’m wary of it sitting right in icing that I’m eating!

  4. Ever since I saw these, I have been on a mission to make them with and I am having a heck of a time finding the stuff to do it with. I can remember when bags of plastic animals were evrywhere, and I sure can’t find them now. I am aware that I can get them at Toy ‘R Us, but they’re pretty high dollar for a project like this. Please let me know if anyone has any ideas. I’m going to google them and see what pops up.

  5. I finally found some animals, but I can not for the life of me find the candle holders. They used to be everywhere! I have looked at Walmart, Kmart, Target, and three grocery stores. Online I found a source with a minimum of 6000, and two places in the UK (I don’t know how to order and pay in pounds!) I checked Party City online, but not a physical store. Any one have any ideas? I am making these for my daughter’s birthday in August, so I need to get on with it. This just amazes me. Had no idea I was so out of touch.

  6. ^cyd-You are the absolute bomb! I don’t know what I was thinking! I am an Amazon junkie and when I googled the candle holders, all that showed up for Amazon was some vintage things. Didn’t think about the site itself. You have saved the day! Having a really big “Duh!” moment. Thanks again.

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