What do you do when you can’t control the impulse to buy cute little pumpkins every time you visit the grocery store? My porch has quite a collection of pie pumpkins because I can’t resist their adorableness. They are the perfect size after all. Not too big, not too small. Jussst right!
You might be thinking, duh, bake a pie! Nope. Here’s what you do. You make pumpkin candles!
How to make candles in a pumpkin
I used real pumpkins, but just know, they don’t last forever. Like the pumpkins you carve, these pumpkins will eventually turn brown and gross. If you want your candles to last for more than a couple of weeks, use fake pumpkins and follow the same basic instructions.
Here’s what you’ll need:
- Soy wax flakes
- Cinnamon sticks
- Pencil or skewer to hold the wicks
- Cinnamon flavor to amp up the smell (optional)
- Wax coloring (optional)
Cut off the tops of the pumpkins and scoop out the seeds. You can use pie pumpkins or the tiny, tiny pumpkins. There’s not a lot of seeds in them – so not much room for wax – but they are still super cute.
Attach the wicks to the bottom of the pumpkin. Then roll the top of the wick around a pencil or skewer to it hold upright.
Then it’s time to melt the wax. I like to melt wax in a tin can because it makes clean up *much* easier. Thoroughly rinse and clean an empty can and fill it with wax flakes. Use a double broiler or set the can in a small saucepan with a couple of inches of water.
You can use the same method with a Pyrex measuring cup – I have a dedicated one for melting wax! – and then wipe it out right after pouring, while it’s still warm.
When the wax has melted, crush up a couple of cinnamon sticks and add it to the wax for a yummy cinnamon smell. For a stronger smell, add a few drops of cinnamon bark essential oil. Or, use a candle fragrance oil and try a fun scent like caramel pumpkin or apple cinnamon.
Then let the candles sit for a couple of hours for the wax to harden. Trim the wicks and you’re ready to light!
What fun things have you done with pumpkins this year?
Photos by Ana Stanciu
DIY Pumpkin Candles
- Pencil or skewer
- Tin can for melting the wax
- Double broiler
- Cut off the tops of the pumpkins and scoop out the seeds. Attach the wicks to the bottom of the pumpkin then roll the top of the wick around a pencil or skewer to it hold upright.
- Fill a tin can with wax flakes and melt using a double broiler. When the wax is fully melted, add cinnamon sticks and cinnamon oil, if using. Let the wax fully harden before lighting.