Autumn Produce: Easy Mini Pumpkin Candle Holders

Looking for a fun thing to do with those little pumpkins and gourds you find in the produce section of the grocery store? You can always place them around your house, or tuck them into a bowl on your kitchen table. But, carving them into mini candle holders is quick and fun! Invite your kids to pop the candles in once you do the carving. They’ll feel like the craftiest kids alive!


    Make these little pumpkin candles in 7 easy steps.

  • STEP 1: Grab a handful of little pumpkins 2 of 9

    Look for little ghost pumpkins or orange pumpkins. Either will work!

  • STEP 2: Collect candles 3 of 9

    Small votive candles or tea lights are perfect.

  • STEP 3: Trace the shape of the candle on top of your pumpkins 4 of 9

    A sharpie or pencil shows you where to start carving.

  • STEP 4: Start carving 5 of 9

    Push a small, sharp paring knife right into the edge of your traced circle. The center of mini pumpkins can be quite firm, but the outer edges are just like regular pumpkins--get through the skin and the inside is hollow.

  • STEP 5: Keep carving 6 of 9

    If the top of the pumpkin is really firm. use your knife to gently prick out small bits before slicing through and carving the center out.

  • STEP 6: Clean the pumpkin 7 of 9

    Use the back end of a spoon to clean out the inside of the pumpkin.

  • STEP 7: Place candles inside your pumpkins 8 of 9

    Show them off and enjoy! Candles will stay good for about 1 week!

  • So Pretty! 9 of 9

    Aren't they cute?!

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