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DIY Pumpkin Candle Holder

DIY Pumpkin Candle Holder

pumpkin Oct 20, 2020

The title of this post is intended to spark your interest in sprucing up the ordinary carved pumpkin by creating a beautiful lantern that casts dancing lights on the walls and surface it sits upon. You've probably seen the candle holders that are hand pinched with small circles cut out of the side to create this effect. Well, if you're already carving pumpkins in October, why not class it up by using this technique in your carving party?!

It's quite simple! Here's how you do it.

 

Supplies

  • Pumpkin
  • Tea light
  • Knife

 

 

Step 1: Prep your working station

 

 
I find that the easiest surface to work on is a table covered with a garbage bag. The garbage bag will catch scraps, won't allow the wet pumpkin insides to soak through, and makes for easy cleanup!

 

 

Step 2: Cut into the top of your pumpkin

 

 

Cut into the top of your pumpkin, continuing around the stem to remove the top. Then remove the guts from the pumpkin. You can do this by grabbing the seeds and strings, then scraping the inner sides with a spoon or plastic pumpkin scraper. I like doing it this way because I have a thing for textures and love the way it feels. If you're the opposite, however, you can use a spoon and simply begin by scraping the sides and lifting the guts out this way.

 
 

Step 3: Cut a small circle towards the top of the pumpkin

 

 

Now that your pumpkin has been primed, you can begin to carve it! If you aim for perfection, you can always take a permanent marker and first draw what you want to carve. I encourage you to jump in. Begin with a small circle toward the top of the pumpkin.

 
 

Step 4: Create another circle

 
 
 
 
Just underneath the circle, create another circle that is slightly larger than the first one.
 
 
 
Repeat!
 
 
 

Step 5: Repeat steps 3 and 4 until you reach the bottom

 

 

Repeat steps 3 and 4 until you reach the bottom. You will see a vertical strip of circles. Depending on the size of your pumpkin, you may have more than four (shown). The pumpkin I'm using is relatively small. ​

 
 

​Step 6: Continue creating these vertical strips

 

 

Continue creating these vertical strips, with each new set alternating the top circle. One set will start with a small circle then the next will start with a larger one, then the next will be small, and so on.

 
 

Step 7: Add your tea light! 

 
 

Place a lit tea light candle inside your pumpkin and put the top back on. You now have a beautiful and festive candleholder!