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. Ok. I am SO happy to know my mom and I are not the only ones who buy those bags of animals at the dollar store, spray paint them, and use them as décor. One year we bought an animal to fit each of our family member’s personalities, spray painted them gold, then dusted them with gold glitter, cut a slit in the back and used them as placecard holders for Christmas dinner. Odd? Yes. Sparkly and cool? Yes. Weird? Now that I know that we’re not alone with this obsession: No!
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  2. Fantastic! In the first photo, I thought I was looking at a bronze candle holder. I’m floored that you were able to so elegantly transform inexpensive plastic animals in to holders that look so refined. I’m certainly going to borrow this idea. Thanks!
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  3. THIS IS SOOOOOOOOO effing brilliant!!!! I have so many of these little plastic animals too! Don’t ask me why, but totally know what im doing with them!! love favorite DIY ever in the history of DIYs!!
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  4. I really like your idea. My children always brings home these plastic things from the dollar store and i always end up throwing them out in the garbage. But thanks to you I am going to use them to decorate for all occasions.

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  6. OMGoodness this has to be one of my ALL TIME FAVORITE DIY’s!!! Seriously, Jenny you are AMAZINGLY talented ;-))) Love every.single.thing you do!!!


  7. Love these little critters! But if you’re like me and a bit concerned about the spray paint sitting on your kid’s frosting, you might want to consider applying a food safe varnish. There’s a product called salad bowl finish that’s approved for contact with food – Home Depot carries it. :)

  8. Rosemary,
    Hi, I found mine at the grocery store (Fred Meyer’s – a Kroger company) but I bet you could find them at Target, too! I would check the dollar store also!

  9. Fabulous! Glad to see the comment here about where to get the plastic holders, and the salad bowl finish spray. This may be the finishing touch I need for my daughter’s first bday cake! Thanks!

  10. I’m in love– Thank you for being so brilliant! The idea impressed me so much, I am definitely making these for my wedding table numbers (instead of cupcakes).

  11. I think this is fantastic and I am jealous that I’m not this creative but I do have a question.. Is it food-save?
    Kind regards, Natascha Baan

  12. Ahhhh You just gave me an idea for my kiddos room……It is so Blue and gorgeous and she wants a mural on the wall and I dont want to do it witht he tray ceilings and crown molding I want the room to look classy…..I have all of her Plastic horses I am going to spray paint them Royal Blue and White and put them on white painted shelves! THAN YOU THANK YOU THANK YOU!

  13. These are awesome and I believe I will have to make these for my daughter’s next birthday. She will be 30 and I can’t think of anyone who would appreciate them more!!

  14. 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”!!!!

  15. 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!

  16. 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!

  17. 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.

  18. 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.

  19. ^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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