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DIY Floating Pumpkin Candles

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pump1I honestly don’t remember how I came up with the idea of making floating pumpkin candles, but I remember that my daughter was young when I did, and she and her dad and I have made these floaters every fall ever since (she is now 20), because making them is such a fun family project.

Green markets offer miniature pumpkins and gourds during harvest season. They are 3″-4″ across. (I’ve made floating gourd candles, too, but they aren’t as pretty.)

pump2I like to put floating pumpkin candles in a blue glass bowl filled with water. The orange and the blue are vibrant together, and the candles look beautiful; I can’t tell you how many guests have raved about them, and gone home to make their own.

How to Make Floating Pumpkin Candles

Four to six miniature pumpkins
Four to six beeswax votive candles

Hold a votive candle over the top of the pumpkin and trace a circle around it. Using a knife, carefully cut out the circle so that a votive candle will fit into the hole snugly. Repeat with all the candles. Fill bowls or pails with water, light the candles and float the pumpkins in the water.

By Annie B. Bond, the best-selling and award-winning author of five healthy/green living books, including Better Basics for the Home (Three Rivers Press, 1999), Home Enlightenment, Clean & Green (1990), and most recently True Food (National Geographic, 2010 and winner of Gourmand Awards Best Health and Nutrition Cookbook in the World). She has authored literally thousands of articles and was named “the foremost expert on green living” by Body & Soul magazine (2009).

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  • Hi Annie, this is really creative. All what I have to spend money for candles and pumpkins. Finally the output will be a creative candle idea. 

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