DIY Pumpkin Candle Holders for BHG

October 22nd, 2010

I shared my third project for the Better Homes & Gardens contest yesterday and today I have all the materials and instructions you’ll need to make your own. With just a few simple steps, you can make any foam gourd into a pretty and natural looking fall accessory. Have fun!

Styrofoam Pumpkin
Hole Saw Attachment for drill (found at hardware stores)
Craft Glue


Determine the width of the candle and make sure the hole saw is just slightly larger. Remove the stem and locate the center on top of the pumpkin. With the pumpkin firmly secure, center the hole cutting attachment above the pumpkin and slowly drill out the center. It may help to have someone hold the pumpkin steady while you drill. Once center is cut, you’ll need to carve out the foam with a knife. Continue the process until you have desired depth.

Once the hole is cut, coat entire pumpkin in craft glue. Generously cover with colored glitter and let dry. Once glitter is dry and to prevent glitter from flaking off, spray with a bit of hairspray to set.
Use non-drip candles (typically the wide candles don’t) or if you’re using tea-lights, opt for ones that have a plastic or metal cup so that wax doesn’t get into pumpkin. Place candle inside and light!

*As with all flammables, be mindful and keep a watchful eye.

19 Responses to “DIY Pumpkin Candle Holders for BHG”

  1. Truly Smitten Says:

    Kathleen, these are just AMAZING!!!

  2. christa Says:

    I love them! I am going to try making my own!

  3. Helen Says:

    It`s a beautiful candle holder.

  4. Sandra Says:

    Those are Awesome!!! Thanks for the tute.

  5. Victoria (Batzy) Says:

    I love how magical al these things look, very very nice.

  6. Amy Says:

    Where did you find styrofoam pumpkins?? I am planning a wedding for Oct. 2011 and love this idea but visiting craft/decor stores (Hobby Lobby, Michaels, Garden Ridge) I was unable to find any styrofoam pumpkins. If made with real pumpkins, what is the time frame before they spoil?

  7. Kathleen Says:

    Hi Amy, I found them at JoAnn Fabrics actually in the seasonal section. They look fairly realistic but are foam inside. I also spotted them at Michael’s if that helps. Good luck!

  8. Padgett Says:

    I love these! I can’t wait to make some!!

  9. Melissa Says:

    These are great. I love this idea. I am thinking of making a few with different colors of glitter.

  10. Oona Says:

    These are super fun! I can’t wait to steal this idea. lol

  11. Crystal Says:

    I blogged about these pumpkins and linked back to you!

  12. carolynn cecilia Says:

    these are fabulous! I didn’t even know that hole saw attachment existed. And I’m surprised that is foam. wonderful idea!

  13. Anastasia Marie Says:

    LOVE THIS!! I’m so making this now!

  14. Elena @ La Petite Vie Says:

    Wow, these are fabulous! Love all the glitter!

  15. alicia Says:

    So cute! But like Amy above, I actually couldn’t find any small foam pumpkins at Jo-Ann’s nor Michael’s. I was getting pretty annoyed- they are such basic items for this time of year, but a lot of the fall stuff was cleared out for Christmas! Already! Anyway, I’m going to keep searching. Also, is it safe to spray hairspray on something that will be that close to a flame? Or is hairspray only a big deal when it’s actually being sprayed? Ehh, I might try it anyway. 😉

  16. Jeannie-JB Says:

    Found you on Shaunna’s Perfectly Imperfect Blog – Love, luv, luv the pumpkins! So pretty.

  17. nancy scaggs Says:

    I just love this. perfect for fall

  18. Lily Says:

    What color is the glitter?

  19. Sally Says:

    I would be nervous spraying them with Hairspray. Is there another sealant that isn’t combustible that you can use?