Tiny Candle Holders

Full disclosure: this tutorial is my take on The Sweetest Occasions “DIY Party Animal Candles“.  I’m not really doing anything different, but it’s a good reason to post lots of “tiny things” photos.  I had a great time looking for the right plastic animals.  San Jose has several party supply stores that are AMAZING compared to what I’m used to.  The plastic candle holders are easy to find– just look in the baking aisle for cake supplies.  Most likely, they will come with candles.

Get some plastic thingies and candle holders.

Make sure your drill is charged, with a 5/64 drill bit.

Get some spray paint, and a safe place to use it.


A mistake that I’ve made too often is trying to drill into a small, uneven object without securing it.  I still have all my fingers and finger nails, but I don’t own a table without a hole in it.  I promise you, invest in a small bench vise and you can still have nice things.

I've got you now!

Try not to drill all the way through the object, but don’t worry if you do.  Dab a little glue or Modge Podge in the hole as spackle, and it shouldn’t show after the paint.  If your object is too shallow, trim the spike on the candle holder.  The spike should fit snugly enough that glue isn’t necessary, but add a dot of superglue in the hole if you wish.  The snug fit plus the spray paint should keep it together.

Lizard Menorah

I LOVE drilling holes in shit.

So far, apartment living isn’t so different from my old home, but issues came up when I wanted to spray paint. Can’t do it inside, can’t do it on my little balcony, and I didn’t want to annoy my neighbors by doing it in a common (outside) area.  I’m sure someone was complaining about me today, but I decided to spread a tarp out on the grass of our courtyard and daintily spray.

Make sure you get all sides, and leave to dry for the day.  Don’t let the leaves fall on your wet figures!

As for food safety, I’m pretty sure you shouldn’t drop these in your cereal, but to sit on a cake for a few minutes shouldn’t hurt anything.  If you are still concerned, seal the figures with Modge-Podge.  If Modge-Podge was toxic, I’d have died years ago.

Finally putting my lightbox to work!


3 Comments on “Tiny Candle Holders”

  1. Jenny @ Hank + Hunt says:

    This is AWESOME! I am rolling on the floor, glad you had fun with it. You found awesome plastic animals! uber jealous!

  2. a. brown says:

    This is one of those projects where I almost didn’t do it for screaming, “WHY DIDN’T I THINK OF THISSSSSSSS??????”. Some things are just so darling I have to lie down. It was hard to find quality animals! (I have a collection, but wasn’t ready to do surgery on them.) I had to buy the “toobs”, which are more expensive but contain HEDGEHOGS.

  3. […] Everyone in my family owns one of these birthday candles now, thanks to The Sweetest Occasion.  She put a fantastic tutorial up, and I had a lot of fun making them. […]

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