Pumpkin Candle Holder Tutorial

Posted on October 14, 2013
Hi Everyone! I can’t believe we are almost halfway through October already! This fall is flying by so fast! It’s been a wonderful one so far, I’m always so happy when this time of year finally comes around again. I wanted to share a fun fall-inspired idea with you today! I made these Pumpkin Candle Holders using some of the pumpkins I got at the Amish pumpkin farm that I told you about a couple of days ago (read about it HERE) and wanted to share a tutorial with you today. They are very easy to make and you only need a couple of things to make them, but they make for beautiful fall decorations that you could put on your coffee or dinner table or add to your Thanksgiving table! Here is how you can make your own…
Pumpkins (real or plastic)
Flowers (real or silk)
Hot glue gun & Scissors
Knife and Spoon
Taper Candles
1. First, make sure your pumpkin is clean on the outside, if not, just wipe it with a damp paper towel, you don’t want to get it too wet. Then, break off the stalk, and using a small sharp knife (be careful!), cut out a hole around where the stalk was, making sure it’s slightly bigger than the candle that you are planning on using (make sure you don’t cut the hole too big or too small). Once you’ve cut the hole, take out all the seeds out of the pumpkin using a spoon and discard them.
2. Next, gather all your supplies. You will need a hot glue gun, a taper candle and some different flowers and embellishments. I used silk flowers because I wanted the candle holders to last as long as possible, but you can definitely use fresh flowers if you prefer those.
3. Then, using your hot glue gun, begin arranging and attaching the decorations around the outside of the opening you cut into the pumpkin.
4. Continue attaching the decorations to the pumpkin using hot glue, making an even ring of flowers around the opening. Make sure you don’t try to glue the flowers onto the inside of the pumpkin as they won’t stick because of the moisture in the pumpkin.
 5. Once you’ve used all your decorations, simply insert the candle into the pumpkin. Use more hot glue around the edges if needed, to secure the candle, but if the hole is cut carefully, you shouldn’t need any.
Happy Crafting, Everyone!

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  • Stacey October 14, 2013 at 4:39 pm

    These are so pretty! Tiny pumpkins are so hard to come buy here!


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    • Maria October 14, 2013 at 8:12 pm

      Thanks, Stacey! You can always use little plastic pumpkins if you can find those, that would work too! Hope you have a good week! 🙂

  • Amy @ Homey Oh My! October 14, 2013 at 10:22 pm

    These are so beautiful!!!! The white pumpkins, the flowers you used, the candle stick color, everything came together so perfectly. I cannot not Pin this. Fantastic work!

    • Maria October 15, 2013 at 6:55 am

      Thanks so much, Amy!

  • Alexis Ann October 14, 2013 at 10:29 pm

    These are so pretty… Can’t wait to try! So glad I came across your blog. Newest follower 😉


    • Maria October 15, 2013 at 6:56 am

      Thanks so much, Alexis!

  • Heather Kinnaird October 15, 2013 at 9:58 pm

    LOVE this! I cannot wait ti make them with my daughter this weekend! thank you for sharing

    • Maria October 17, 2013 at 10:08 pm

      Thanks so much, Heather!

  • TheTastyFork October 16, 2013 at 9:02 am

    What a great idea!! Even I could do this 🙂 I’ll be sharing this on FB, Twitter and Pinterest today.

    • Maria October 17, 2013 at 10:09 pm

      Thank you so much!! 🙂

  • Candy S October 16, 2013 at 9:23 am

    Very cute. I love the subtle fall colors.

    • Maria October 17, 2013 at 10:09 pm

      Thanks so much, Candy!

  • marty (A Stroll Thru Life) October 16, 2013 at 10:25 am

    These are gorgeous. Love this idea and thanks so much for the tutorial. Thanks tons for linking to Inspire Me. Hugs, Marty

    • Maria October 17, 2013 at 10:09 pm

      Thanks so much, Marty!

  • Glamorous Mommy October 17, 2013 at 7:37 am

    These are beautiful!! They would be the perfect addition for a dinner party this time of the year, or even better for Thanksgiving 😉 Thanks for sharing at our All Things Thursday blog hop!!


    • Maria October 17, 2013 at 10:10 pm

      Thank you so much!

  • mammy2grammy October 18, 2013 at 1:08 am

    Such beautiful candle holders. Thanks for sharing with us how you did it. Stopping by from the Weekend re-Treat to say HEY! <3 Kim

    • Maria October 20, 2013 at 9:08 pm

      Thank you so much!

  • Life Between Potato and Rice October 18, 2013 at 10:58 am

    Beautiful ! Love the pumpkin against that orange flowers !

    • Maria October 20, 2013 at 9:07 pm

      Thanks so much, Marlin!

  • donna kimball October 19, 2013 at 2:36 pm

    Are they strong enough to stand up by them selves ? and you can buy these pumpkins at Michaels. OR hobby lobby too. And you can paint them.

    • Maria October 20, 2013 at 9:07 pm

      Yes, they are strong enough to stand up by themselves (I used real pumpkins, if you use fake pumpkins you may need to weigh them down with something). And make sure that the hole you cut to insert the candle in isn’t too big so the candle doesn’t move around.

  • Zuni, Chickadee Home Nest October 20, 2013 at 8:21 pm

    As soon as I saw the picture at Mopping the Floor of your candle holder I HAD to come visit, because I’ve of course seen the pumpkins or apples used, but never with flowers or other decor. What a brilliant, beautiful idea!! I’m going to pin this so when (not if) 🙂 I copy this I can give credit where credit is due! ~Zuni

    • Maria October 20, 2013 at 9:05 pm

      Thank you so much for the sweet comment! 🙂 I hope you have fun making these! Happy Fall! 🙂

  • caseperlatesta October 22, 2013 at 10:09 am

    soooo sweet & cute! pinned!

    • Maria October 29, 2013 at 10:06 am

      Thank you so much!

  • The Cottage Market {Andrea} ♥ October 25, 2013 at 6:04 am

    †hese are so gorgeous!!!! picture perfect! thanks for sharing with us : ) hugs…

    • Maria October 29, 2013 at 10:06 am

      Thanks so much, Andrea!

  • Candy S October 25, 2013 at 8:30 am

    Your pumpkin candle holders are precious. Love them. I joined your blog as a follower today. I love these blog parties! ….. Candy

    • Maria October 29, 2013 at 10:06 am

      Thanks so much for the sweet comment, Candy! 🙂

  • Jodi October 25, 2013 at 12:35 pm

    I love this idea! Great idea!

    • Maria October 29, 2013 at 10:07 am

      Thanks so much, Jodi!

  • Beeutiful by Design October 28, 2013 at 11:43 am

    These are so lovely! What a great idea! Jennifer

    • Maria October 29, 2013 at 10:07 am

      Thanks so much, Jennifer!

  • Abby Lawson October 31, 2013 at 1:01 pm

    Adorable! I just visited your pumpkin centerpiece, too– what a perfect pair! Thanks so much for sharing at Get Your DIY On!

    ~Abby =)

  • Rachel Saunders July 7, 2014 at 10:51 am

    How adorable! I’m just after buying my first home and i’m really into DIY items. I’m definitely going to try and make these candle stands I love anything DIY as they are so original!

    • Maria July 7, 2014 at 2:35 pm

      Glad you liked these, Rachel! I’m gonna make some more next fall again, I love decorating with them! Hope you enjoy your first home! 🙂 Thanks for stopping by!

  • bryan flake September 12, 2014 at 8:11 am

    These are some genius ideas. I am going to get some supplies and my wife and I are going to sit in the kitchen for date night and make these homemade candle holders. What are some of the better scented candles to get? What is everyone’s favorite scent?


    • Maria September 13, 2014 at 6:08 pm

      Thanks! Hope you have fun making these! I usually use scent-free candles for this, but you can use whatever fall scent you like, or whatever your favorite scent is! Thanks for stopping by! 🙂

  • Kristen Dockery October 6, 2014 at 5:29 pm

    I really like these candle holders. They are so festive for fall and I’m really excited to make them. My daughters wedding is this month and I need a center piece for the luncheon. I think these look easy enough to do and I think she will like them too. http://www.giftworldshowcase.com/default.asp?dept_id=45010

  • Emma Kantrowitz September 2, 2015 at 4:21 pm

    Hi Maria!
    I’m an editor over at Woman’s World Magazine, and we’re interested in featuring this tutorial in one of our upcoming Thanksgiving issues! If you’re interested, shoot me an email at ekantrowitz@bauerpublishing.com.

    • ahomemadeliving September 7, 2015 at 9:46 am

      Thanks for the message, Emma, I sent you an email!

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