Pumpkin Candle Holder

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Since my kids are older, I find that my holiday decorating has evolved from the plastic manufactured holiday decorations, to decorations that are mainly handmade and carry a theme with their color and presentation. There are no more plastic clings in the windows that have been stuck on with spit. I still like whimsical decorations, but they are sprinkled among more sophisticated items that say “adults live here and they still like to have fun.”

Fall is my favorite time of year. I love the crispness to the air, the leaves crunching under my feet and the warm glow of a fireplace or candles. The house I live in does not have a fireplace, so candles it is. I made a fall candle holder using a pumpkin as the base. It looks great as a table centerpiece, but would also be pretty on a fireplace mantle or side table.

The instructions for this candle holder can be altered to fit any size pumpkin by adjusting the size of the candle used.

Materials Needed:

Pumpkin-mine was about the size of a basketball
Serrated knife or pumpkin carving tools
Pillar candle-Mine was 2 1/2 inches in diameter and 4 inches tall
Marking pen
Spoon or scoop of some sort
Object to use as a pedestal
Fall floral decorations
Hot glue gun-optional

Carefully cut around the stem of your pumpkin and remove it. This cut does not need to be a perfect circle, but it does need to be smaller than the diameter of your candle.

Stand the pillar candle over the hole and trace around it with a marking pen. If the top of the pumpkin is not level, tip the candle to a level position before tracing around it. Cut around the traced line, keeping the cuts straight up and down. You do want to be fairly precise with this cut. The candle will fit inside this hole snuggly to prevent a lot of air flow. The less air in the pumpkin, the longer it will last.

Dilemma: To clean out the guts or not to clean out the guts. I decided to clean and cut away the guts directly below the hole I had carved, but I left the rest inside. The guts inside are not going to show anyway. The spot below the hole needed the space for a pedestal to place the candle on. I figured the candle would begin to sink after a few days if it didn’t have a stable surface to rest on.

Scavenge for a plastic or glass object that will fit inside the hole of the pumpkin to create a pedestal for your candle. It needs to sit flat on the bottom of the pumpkin and the top of it needs to sit below the cutout opening. I used a glass bud vase. Place your pillar candle inside the hole and resting securely on the pedestal.

2-100_1705-001Decorate around the base of the candle. Place a fall floral candle ring around the candle, wind a short section of a fall garland around the candle, or hot glue a variety of silk fall leaves, flowers and berries around the candle. The first two ideas are much more frugal. The pumpkin will eventually decay and you can recycle decorations for a new candle holder.

There are a couple of safety tips I feel I should mention. One, do not leave your candle burning in an unoccupied room and two, place your pumpkin on a plate or flower pot saucer to prevent any seepage from destroying your table’s surface.

1-100_1705Enjoy!

Glass Insulator/Bed Spring Candle Holder

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I’ve seen these candle holders before, but my bed springs have never been ones I thought I could use. That wire is almost impossible to cut through. At least that is what I thought. This past weekend I was out with my husband and we spotted one of these candle holders. I mentioned why we couldn’t do it and he let me know how wrong I was.

This project definitely passes the “Tim Allen Grunt” test. You know…that test that implies your husband will help make it, or will enjoy the finished project because it is a manly-man craft. As close as we are getting to Father’s Day, I think this is a winner.

1-DSCN6181These are the springs and the glass insulators I started with. See the tiny top portion. The insulator won’t fit in there so cutting a bit off is required. In steps The Man with his appropriate power tool…an air compressor angle grinder. Actually, it doesn’t have to be a grinder powered by an air compressor, but that is the kind we have.

My husband has gotten metal particles in his eyes more than once. Even with safety glasses. Live and learn. He now uses full eye goggles with edges that seal to the face. Because of metal flakes flying through the air, I didn’t take pics of the cutting process. I just didn’t want to get close enough for a pic.

He cut down the spring about an inch or so from the top. The cut wire end was then manipulated with pliers…done by a visiting (male) friend). See? This project is a male magnet! He widened and tucked the cut wire end under the next row of wires. It held firm. No glue, welding or wire required.

3-DSCN6187The glass insulator was then set inside the top opening. We pushed the insulator down enough to catch the wire of the bed spring in a groove in the glass. This will keep the insulator from falling out.

2-DSCN6182I only had one of the bed springs shown on the right. This bed spring wasn’t as much fun for The Man. It didn’t require any power tools. The insulator was simply set inside.

Enjoy!

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I love glitter!

Do you remember glitter art projects when you were a kid? My recollections are that glitter projects were always done at school, and back then there was only red, green, gold or silver glitter to choose from. I, of course, had to use them all.

It wasn’t until I became a mom that I realized the wisdom of a glitter-free home. ;) I felt the same way about play dough after trying to scrape the gooey or dry, crusty stuff out of carpet fibers. :(

But now (yippee!!) my boys are well past that stage and I can play work to my heart’s content. It was definitely worth the wait. There is now a rainbow of colors to choose from, there is a choice of textures, and the projects are much more sophisticated. Yep, that’s my story. It’s momma’s turn!

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I found a clear glass candle holder at the dollar store. Seriously, they have the best stuff to transform. You could also recycle one of those short, squatty olive jars.

I cut out little hearts on my Cricut Expression and stuck them to the candle holder. CHEAP TIP ALERT: Sign companies will sell scraps of sticky-backed vinyl for pennies. They usually have lots of colors to choose from (if you care what color it is) and it’s much cheaper than the sticky-backed vinyl you’re “supposed” to buy for your personal die-cutting machines.

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I covered the candle holder with decoupage medium.

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Since Valentine’s Day is right around the corner, out came the pink glitter.

Then I peeled off the hearts while the medium was still wet. Psst. You won’t be able to see the hearts on the outside of the holder, so locate them on the inside. Use a straight pin to pry up the edges. If the heart windows are kinda messy use a cotton swab and rubbing alcohol to clean your windows.

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I outlined each heart window with clear, dimensional glitter paint. It looks white when wet, but dries clear and…well,…glittery.

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Finishing touches included a ribbon tied around the neck and a tea light candle placed inside.

Enjoy!

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Shabby Chic Spindle Candle Holder-Tutorial

The heatwave has me on a roll…well, inside where it’s air conditioned. Here is another recent tute.

Shabby Chic Spindle Candle Holder

I used a crusty old spindle and a rusty old tart pan.

Amazing what a little paint can do!

Silverware and Teacup Candle Holder-Tutorial

The next few posts will show off what I have accomplished the last couple of weeks. Lots and lots of craft tutorials with junk.

Do you have old silverware and teacups you just had to have? Are you the dumping ground for all the family “heirlooms”? What’s a DIYer to do with these little gems?

Make a Silverware and Teacup Candle Holder!

I used forks for this project, but I’m thinking spoons would also work.

You can find the tutorial here.