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. 🙂

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  1. Image for Emily Emily

    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. Image for Yvonne @ StoneGable Yvonne @ StoneGable

    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!

  3. Image for shirley@housepitalitydesigns shirley@housepitalitydesigns

    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!!

  4. Image for Amy W. Amy W.

    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!!

  5. Image for Colleen Colleen

    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!

  6. Image for Aunt Lou Aunt Lou

    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? :)

  7. Image for Technicolor Technicolor

    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.

    1. Image for Aunt Lou Aunt Lou

      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

  8. Image for Leann Leann

    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! Leann

  9. Image for Donnamae Donnamae

    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! ;)

  10. Image for kirby carespodi kirby carespodi

    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.

  11. Image for Michele Michele

    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!

  12. Image for Diane Diane

    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.

  13. Image for Rachel @ Architecture of a Mom Rachel @ Architecture of a Mom

    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! https://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!

  14. Image for Linda @ it all started with paint Linda @ it all started with paint

    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 ... :)

  15. Image for Cindy Cindy

    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 :) Cindy

  16. Image for Peggy Peggy

    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!!

  17. Image for Maria @ Inspiration Affirmation Maria @ Inspiration Affirmation

    How pretty! You know...I think my favorite is the bumpy one! :-) Thanks so much for the tutorial.

  18. Image for Sandra @Beneath this Roof, Within these Walls Sandra @Beneath this Roof, Within these Walls

    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.

  19. Image for Kathy :) Kathy :)

    Acorn squash, this Yankee girl knew that LOL..........and I just love this clever idea !!! So c u t e !! Happy Thanksgiving KariAnne, Kathy :)

  20. Image for Regina Regina

    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? :) Regina

  21. Image for Angela Recker Angela Recker

    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.

  22. Image for Dianne Ledet Dianne Ledet

    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!!

  23. Image for debi debi

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

  24. Image for Betsy(@coastal-colors) Betsy(@coastal-colors)

    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!

  25. Image for Michelle Michelle

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

  26. Image for Athena at Minerva's Garden Athena at Minerva's Garden

    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.

  27. Image for Pinky Pinky

    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

  28. Image for Tiffini Tiffini

    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 ...xo

  29. Image for Bethanie Henry 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....

  30. Image for Traci Traci

    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

  31. Image for Zolane Zolane

    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! Hugs, Zolane

  32. Image for Diane | An Extraordinary Day Diane | An Extraordinary Day

    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!!

  33. Image for tara tara

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

  34. Image for Merri Jo Merri Jo

    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! ;-)

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