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How to Make Deer Antler Candle Holders

Find discarded antlers in areas where deer frequent.
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If you are looking for an accessory to accentuate your rustic-themed home, make your own candle holder out of deer antlers. Although this unusual home accent is typically used in rural-styled decorating schemes, it can enhance the look of any home. Because male deer shed their antlers every year, you can find your own antlers by visiting areas dense with deer, or you can simplify the process and purchase antlers through a wilderness catalog.

Things You'll Need:

  • Tea Light Candle Holder
  • Bone Saw
  • Tea Light Candles
  • Paint Brush
  • Epoxy Glue
  • Soft Cloth
  • Sand Paper
  • Deer Antlers
  • Paint

Wipe the antlers down with a damp cloth. If you have purchased your antlers from a catalog, you will not have much, if anything, to clean off.

Sand and paint the antlers. You may choose to fore-go this step, depending on your decorating style. Pick a color that matches your color scheme. Allow the antlers sufficient time to dry completely.

Place the antlers on a flat surface with the tips pointing up. Cut about an inch off of each of the tips using a bone saw. This creates a flat surface on each tip that will house the tea light holder.

Apply epoxy glue to the top of each of the tips and attach a tea light candle holder firmly into place. Allow the glue time to dry, according to the instructions on its packaging.

Place a tea light candle into each of the candle holders. Place your new decorative piece in its new home and enjoy.


Antlers come in an array of sizes. Take note of the surface you wish to use to house your antler candle holder and make sure that you have appropriate-sized antlers.


  • Place the antler candle holder on a study surface before you light the tea lights. Trying to carry this uneven piece with lit candles can pose a safety hazard.
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