DIY Floating Pumpkin Candles
I 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.)
I 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, author of Home Enlightenment (Rodale, 2007), and four other books.DIY Floating Pumpkin Candles,