Pumpkin tea light holders

As the end of the month approaches, the clocks go back and the darker evenings close in, I am becoming obsessed with burning candles around my home (even during the day, which makes a dreary, rainy day that much cosier). These mini pumpkin tea light holders could not be more seasonal, would make a great decoration for halloween parties and they are so simple to make. They will last about two weeks before they start to decay. This is going to be the briefest of posts as we’re into the sixth day of no internet here so I’m tethering from my phone and there’s barely any 3G! Grrrr!

Anyhoo, here’s how I did it…

You will need:

Mini pumpkins (they are available from supermarkets but you can find a much better range at local markets or florists)

Tea light candles

Sharp knife

Tutorial:

Pumpkin tea light holders | Apartment Apothecary

Step 1: Choose pumpkins that will stand up by themselves and not roll onto their sides.

Pumpkin tea light holders | Apartment Apothecary

Step 2: Start carving out a hole at the top. Start with a small hole and use the tea light to figure out how much more to cut away. Be careful not to make the hole too big, gradually carve away as much as is needed, otherwise your tea light will not be supported.

Pumpkin tea light holders | Apartment Apothecary

Step 3: Scoop out the inside of the pumpkin as this will help to delay the decaying process.

Pumpkin tea light holders | Apartment Apothecary

Step 4: Wedge your tea light into the hole (it should be a tight fit so it doesn’t slip around inside).

Pumpkin tea light holders | Apartment Apothecary

All ready for an Autumnal candle-lit evening at home. I love this little jar lined with old pics of my mum, granny and uncle. The Physalis (or I’ve always known them as Chinese Lanterns) always makes me think of October and Halloween and looks so striking when displayed at home.

Pumpkin tea light holders | Apartment Apothecary

Pumpkin tea light holders | Apartment Apothecary

Happy Autumn evenings.

Katy x

 

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