Random Harvest Vegetable Candle

Random Harvest Vegetable Candle

Pumpkin Candle

Please tell me that you have a PhD in horticulture.

Or a Master’s in vegetable recognition.

Or even just that you frequent the produce section of Wal-Mart on a regular basis.


You see….I made this really cute project.  It’s easy and simple and fun and I totally think it would rock your Thanksgiving table.

It’s a candle that I made using….well….ummmm…..well……I’m not sure exactly.


Harvest Vegetables


I made it using a vegetable looks like this.

I wish I knew what it was.

But I don’t.


So you can understand the need for a PhD right about now.


I can state with absolute certainty that  it is a random harvest vegetable.

A really cute random harvest vegetable….that was on clearance at Wal-Mart for only .02.  And when I saw that .02 sale….I started frantically grabbing them and tossing them into the cart as if any moment hoards of random vegetable candle makers were about to descend on the Wal-Mart produce section.

I’m not sure why I was in such a hurry, really.

There wasn’t even anyone around.

Just me and the occasional banana consumer.


But with .02 vegetables…..you can never be too careful 🙂


Harvest Vegetable Candle


Candle Project Using

a Random Harvest Vegetable as a Mold

(inspired by this project)


Vegetable (to be determined)

Pieces of old candles

Candle wick

Melon Baller


Canning jar 


Melted Candle Wax


Step 1:  Melt wax

This step is so easy.

If there were an academy award for easy craft….this would win….right behind sharpie drawing and hot gluing.


I just collected candles and pieces of old candles and wax and melted them in a double boiler.  If you don’t have a double boiler….you can create your own using this method.


Candle Step 1


 Step 2:  Cut off top of vegetable.

While wax is melting, cut off top of vegetable (enough to be able to get your hand inside).

Scoop out seeds and loose strings.

Wonder if the seeds are edible.

Wonder if the vegetable is related to a pumpkin.

Wonder if you should have taken Home Economics 5th period instead of  Library Aide.


Candle Step 2


Step 3:  Continue scooping out pulp

This requires a little patience.

The goal is to scrape pulp away from sides of vegetable and to leave skin intact to be used as a mold.

Be careful not to scrape too hard or you will tear the skin.

And whatever you do….if you tear the skin and you think you are going to cut corners by taping the hole with duct tape….if you even think this at all….at anytime…..



Candle Step 3


Step 4:  Smooth down sides

When you have scraped down sides, your vegetable should look a little something like this.

Smooth down sides with back of spoon and set in canning jar to hold it steady to pour the wax.



Step 5:  Pour wax

Make sure wax is completely melted to 180 degrees (you can check it using a candy thermometer).

Pour wax into vegetable shell.

After about two minutes insert wick into center of candle (wax should have cooled slightly to support weight of wick).

Let candle cool.

Trim wick to about 2 inches.


Candle Step 4


Step 6: Peel skin away from candle

Let candle cool for 4-6 hours.

Peel skin away from sides of candle (it comes off easily).

Trim any excess wax on top.


Pumpkin Candle



Random harvest vegetable candles.

It’s where it’s at.

Such an easy and inexpensive way to decorate your Thanksgiving table.

All you need is a little imagination, left-over candle wax and clearance produce.


And a true  professional to figure out this vegetable dilemma……

…..and help to get to the “root” of the problem. 🙂

PS  I’m so sorry….I just can’t resist sometimes 🙂


Pumpkin Candle Wax Filled


PS  If the whole scooping and scraping thing seems too intense….I just hollowed out a bumpy random vegetable and made this simple candle with the leftover wax. 🙂

Sharing this over at Between Naps On a Porch.


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  1. Hi KariAnne;

    Your random vegetable looks like an acorn squash. If I had seen them at Walmart, I would have been along side of you putting them in my cart. They are wonderful baked. For 2 cents, what a deal!
    Your idea to use them as a mold for your candles and recycle your wax is wonderful. Thank you for sharing!
    Take care.

  2. Your book….How To Make Nice Stuff and Have a Good Laugh at Yourself in the Process. 😉

  3. I give up. I would just call it some kind of gourd – which would be wrong. It seems I need to start going to WalMart. Love these, KariAnne.♥

  4. KariAnn, I think the squash family is God’s sense of humor showing up in the veggie world!!!! LOVE your project!!! Easy and full of WOW. My favorite kind of dyi!
    Happy Thanksgiving to you and yours!

  5. I have made candles before, but never in vegetables!…Way too cute idea….I shall remember not to use the duct tape!!
    Thanks for always starting off my day with a great laugh!!

  6. Wow!! How wonderfully neat is this!!
    I’m going to try this for my Thanksgiving Table-setting!!
    Thanks so much!!
    Wishing you and your family a very memorable
    Thanksgiving Celebration!!

  7. Oh my, this is adorable! I can’t wait to find out the true name of said gourd. How very creative and thrifty you are! Have a great one!

  8. Gourd. Isn’t it? I mean, pumpkins are gourds. Must be a gourd. I am not posting this for the sheer satisfaction of mentally pronouncing the word “gourd.” Even though it is fun, and, in my head I sound like an educated frog. (gourd.) I really do think it is a gourd. Possibly a squash. Then it would be edible. Wouldn’t it? But, is a squash a gourd? 🙂

  9. Fairly certain that is an acorn squash. They are actually great for cooking and seem to last forever until ready to cook. I cut them similar to what you have done, fill with apple sauce, brown sugar and a pat of butter. Oven cook in a pan with about 1/2″ of water. Love the idea of the candles.

    • not an acorn squash I don’t have a PhD, but, in this region (New England) Acorn squash is small, dark green, with deep definite ummm hills & valleys running from top to bottom

  10. like yours better than martha’s. 😉

  11. What if the duct tape were Hello Kitty – would that be acceptable? I mean, everything, even unnamed veggie like things look better with a cute pink cat.

  12. Super Cute! 🙂

    Hope you have a wonderful Thanksgiving!

  13. They turned out so darned cute! Now if I only have some left over candles. I’d love to ship some up before Thursday, but I don’t see it in my future.
    thanks for the quick tutorial – I’ve bookmarked this page.

    Happy Thanksgiving!

  14. These are so ka ute! You are so smart. Well, maybe not so smart since you don’t have a clue what that thing is.

  15. Well, you did it again…you managed to write a wonderful post about unknown vegetable candles! Are you sure you were using a vegetable and not a fruit? How is it that you know duct tape would not work if you tear said fruit…?? (I think there’s a post there.). Whatever….they are so dang cute! You get a PhD in creativity! 😉

  16. Oh. Em. Gee. Y’all are not country girls, are you.
    Acorn Squash. It’s a squash, not a gourd. Two different things.
    Anytime you need vegetable (or any kind of farm stuff) identification, please call or e-amil. I’m like a one-man (woman) farm bureau.

  17. You are too clever, girl!

    I loved that last one a lot – seems easier to just use the random vegetable, oops I mean squash, who knew? I thought it was a gourd! Haha.

    Looks great and I wish I had time to make them but I have a tea party tomorrow and hosting Thanksgiving dinner on Thursday (will be posting some pics this week, stay tuned,) so I kinda have a lot going on, and all I wanna really do is this awesome project!

    You always make me laugh, do not try to tape the tear in the skin – bwuahahahaha…..don’t even need to say more. Oh boy. LOL.

    Kar – have a WONDERFUL Thanksgiving!

  18. Excellent and easy project. Thank you for sharing!

  19. Charming candles Karianne, they will look gorgeous on your Thanksgiving table. I too think it is an acorn squash. They taste awesome too, when not filled with wax. I stab them a few times and microwave them for 10 minutes, them cut them in 1/2 and cook for more time. They are much easier to cook after you have microwaved them for a while.

  20. Um, you know that you could cook the pulp, don’t you? It’s an acorn squash. We have found that it’s really good in chili. Really. It adds some sweetness without the sugar. I posted about it, and even the picky kids loved it! http://architectureofamom.blogspot.com/2012/10/winter-squash-chili.html

    But I like the idea of using the outer shell for a candle mold. Maybe I’ll try that the next time I make chili.

    Have a wonderful Thanksgiving week!

  21. Leave it to Kirby to identify the vegetable. Silly me, I thought acorn squashes (is it squashes or squashi?) were orange on the outside too!

    And these are so adorable — you’re mother-in-law will either be super impressed or look at you like your a total nutcase and why didn’t you just buy a candle at the store like normal people instead of mutilating a harmless random vegetable …


  22. These are amazing! While the rest of us are tearing through recipe books deciding on pumpkin or chocolate bourbon pecan pie…you are crafting beautiful candles out of random vegetable parts! Love it! Happy Thanksgiving 🙂

  23. What a great idea! They are so cute and perfect for the Thanksgiving table! Thanks for sharing!

  24. What a great project! How creative you are?? Love It!

  25. Definitely an acorn squash… I grow them, my grandma grew them but we moved too much so mom never grew them… she just bought them. In our home it was the preferred squash… and it is mine to this day! I LOVE cutting them in half, scoping out out the seeds, adding butter, brown sugar, a dusting of cinnamon and baking… DELICIOUS!

    And they do carve out nicely to make a lovely candle, no? (and um no PhD or masters or even bachelor’s in horticulture but only 1 class missing from having a degree in greenhouse/nursery management… organic operations…. we moved just before I completed the program & there was no school that carried the same program at our new location… many, many years ago.)

    have a wonderful Thanksgiving!!

  26. How pretty! You know…I think my favorite is the bumpy one! 🙂 Thanks so much for the tutorial.

  27. Finally–something I can do with all those little bits and ends in what Cane refers to as “the drawer of a million candles”! This is almost too clever, even for you. 🙂

  28. Karianne, you constantly amaze me! I have baked lots of Acorn Squash, and many other kinds of squash. They are delicious.
    I have made LOTS of candles, but it has never, ever, not once, occurred to me to make a mold from a vegetable, random or otherwise.
    That is a wonderful idea, the candles are fantastic.

  29. Acorn squash, this Yankee girl knew that LOL……….and I just love this clever idea !!! So c u t e !!

    Happy Thanksgiving KariAnne,

    Kathy 🙂

  30. Definetly an Acorn Squash. Delicious with butter and salt and pepper. Apparently also makes super ‘harvesty’ candles!

  31. Now THIS is my kind of craft! A using something unusual, spur-of-the-moment, leftover stuff kind of craft! I wouldn’t have known what it was, either . . . I know yellow squash and zucchini. And gourds (non-specific, but I prefer the dipper kind t hat you can make birdhouses out of – not that I ever have, but I have some dried ones that I’ve used the last 15 years for decorating!). And Pumpkins . . . Hmmmmm . .. I’ll bet you could use those cute little pumpkins to do the same thing . . . .

    Thanks for the idea! Happy Thanksgiving! Are you making PIE? 🙂


  32. Another great project! Don’t think I’ll get to it this year, but I’ll tuck it away in the old noggin 😉

  33. Move over Martha! KariAnne’s in the house!! Sooooo cute!

  34. First I want to tell you these are beautiful!!! I can’t wait to try this myself! As for the type of vegetable i THIN K tese are gourds(?). Not sure but that’s what I always called them.

  35. What a fun project! I love the texture on the side. Oh yes, I saw the .02 bin at Wal-Mart this weekend too… don’t feel bad, I wasn’t sure what they were either!

  36. you are so clever! what a fun idea….

  37. That’s an acorn squash! Do step #2 – cleaning out seeds, etc. Then put about 2 T of butter in the cavity, add about 2T of cinnamon. Place in a shallow pan in oven with about 1/2″ of water in pan. Bake at 350 degrees for 30 minutes. DELICIOUS!!

  38. Don’t know what your veggie is, other than a squash or gourd, but your candles are AMAZING! I love their beautiful, natural look.

  39. Too cute! Are you sure your name isn’t Martha? I love this idea and will be sharing it with a friend. It’s adorable! I hope your Thanksgiving is filled with many wonderful blessings!

  40. I never would have thought to turn an acorn squash into a candle. What an easy inexpensive way to decorate your table. Love it!

  41. It’s an Acorn Squash..What a great idea..

  42. What a beautiful candle you created–this is perfect for Thanksgiving. It looks like an acorn squash, but the acorn squash that I’ve grown tend to have dark green solid skins, and it looks like yours were maybe a little more colorful. If it’s not an acorn squash, there is another variety called carnival squash, which is another edible type of squash. Regardless of what variety it is, it made the perfect holder for the candlewax and resulting candle! I hope you and your family have a wonderful Thanksgiving.

  43. I don’t know either, but whatever the heck it is… it sure made a beautiful candle!

  44. Wow you did well I like I would have never thought of a vegetable candle……………….

  45. “But with .02 vegetables…..you can never be too careful” …HA!

    This is not an acorn squash. Acorn squash have pointy butts. Immature mini pumpkin.
    Cutie candle!

  46. I think that last one fits the easy bill for me. 🙂 They are all super duper cute!

  47. Very cute and clever idea Karianne. Baked acorn squash is yummy. Happy Thanksgiving! Joyous Wishes, Linda

  48. I’d say that was an acorn squash – they are really yummy to eat if you fix em right!! Cut candles – wish I had time to make some!

  49. Every time I come here, I fellikeSUCH a DIY LOSER!!!!!!!!! I never make anything….except floral crafts. But this,,, this I could do. It looks awesome too. Wishing you and your family a truly BLESSED Thanksgiving, Kariann. XO, Pinky

  50. I love this idea…and the best thing–the I LOVE love this necklace from the Rusted Chain..keep dreamin those God sized dream sweet friends–organic feel of it maybe it is the unknown vegetable but it is so woodsy and first thanksgiving.
    Love your willingness to try new things. Have a beautiful week and I can’t wait to see your celebration and wondering if YOUR cooking…lol

  51. Bethanie Henry :

    I saw .02 acorn squash gourds at my Wal Mart and I thought two things…1. Surely they arent two cents, and I dont feel like arguing with a cashier today. and 2. What in the heck would I do with said squash gourd pumpkin? Now I know I was wrong on
    ALL accounts!! I wish you were my neighbor….

  52. Oh my goodness! That is so fun and fab!

  53. Very cool idea! I would have never of thought of that! Is this going to be part of the Holiday tablescape? It will be lovely whatever you decide! Have a wonderful Holiday! Traci

  54. A – DOR – A – BLE!!! You never cease to amaze me how you can take an ordinary object and do something extraordinary. Thanks for the great tutorial, KariAnne 🙂

    I hope you and your family have a blessed Thanksgiving!


  55. Love it!! You must burn a LOT of candles there on the farm. Do you read by them? Teehee! What a cute idea! The question I have is…did making candles from said random vegetable come before or after the eagle eye spotting at the super?
    Happiest of Thanksgivings to you and your family, KariAnne!!

  56. Great idea! I’ll have to get this going for our Christmas table C:

  57. No idea what that vegetable is, but it does make a good candle mold 🙂 Great idea! Your Thanksgiving table will look great dressed up with your pretty homemade candles 🙂

  58. That makes a really cute candle. I like it’s shape. Have a Happy Thanksgiving!

  59. Such a clever idea! These are super cute! I love it!

  60. clever, clever, clever.
    you are on fire, girl. not literally but with all your amazing projects.
    i’m in love with this one.

  61. How cool is that! I like the last one the best of all! xo Diana

  62. What a great idea and so pretty! Love it!
    Happy Thanksgiving,

  63. Ohhhh girl I’m a new follower

  64. I don’t have a PhD, but I do have 2 degrees in biology & recent certification as a master gardener. Your little green guy is a squash, and it is NOT a totally different thing than a gourd. Squash, watermelons, musk melons , AND pumpkins are all members of the Cucurbita (or gourd) family. Plant classification in Latin is kind of my own personal wired human trick. :-)– it doesn’t take a genius of any kind to know you are creative, talented & hilarious! 😉