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Wednesday, October 5, 2011

Mini Pumpkin Candle Holder | DIY | Fall Harvest Table Setting

Mini Pumpkin Candle Holders
for the Fall Harvest Party

I recently shared a Fall Harvest Party idea with the Williams-Sonoma Blog, The Blender.  Part of the table setting included these mini pumpkin taper candle holders.

These were so easy to create - and an inexpensive alternative to pricey fancy candle holders. 

Mike made them for me in about 20 minutes.  Here are the step-by-step instructions...
 1 )  Cut off the stem of the pumpkin.  He used wire cutters to pinch away most of the stem.
 2)  Use a box cutter to carve a whole into the stem.  This is an important step because it gives the drill bit an area to secure itself to.  Otherwise, the drill will not 'grab' onto the pumpkin.

3)  Here is a close up of the carved hole. 
 4)  With a circular drill bit, drill about 1 inch into the pumpkin. 
**I do not recommend holding the pumpkin while you drill - put it flat onto your work surface and drill straight down. 
 5)  Done!  Wasn't that easy!  This 1-inch bit was a great fit for my candles.  Wrap the base of the candle in a damp paper towel to give it a snug fit. 


  1. Jenny, that table setting is absolutely beautiful. I was already hooked on the color scheme when I saw the sugar cookies, but the last picture on this blog entry just takes the cake. It's a gorgeous table setting AND a really well-composed picture. Good job.

  2. What I love most here is the rustic elegance and soft muted colors. So enchanting and candle holders are such genius.

  3. Hi! I recently found your blog when I was googling something about Martha Stewart. :-) You have a beautiful blog & amazing photos.. your header design is incredible!
    Lara from Air Kiss

  4. Your fall table inspired me! I just saw this Garnet Hill "Pumpkin" door mat and jumped on it. It's so fitting with your look. Thank you!

  5. Anonymous7:09 PM

    I love your table and chairs!! Where did you get them?!!

  6. KellyMcCaulley12:26 PM

    I think this is the most beautiful blog I have ever seen! I am in love with your dining table. Would you possibly share where you found it?

  7. Love it! Just wanted to let you know that I am featuring this on "Top 10 Tuesday- Fall Table Decor" at and I will be promoting it at a lot of linky parties.
    Please feel free to stop by and grab a button or link for your blog!

  8. Great job.
    Keep going.
    Its awesome.

  9. Anonymous5:55 PM

    I did a Bing search for harvest tables and saw the picture at the top f this blog entry. I LOVE IT, it's my new iPad wallpaper. I've never actually commented or "followed" a blog before, but this one is beautiful so I'm starting now! ;-)

  10. Anonymous3:23 PM

    Where did you get the blue pumpkins? I love the color theme for Fall.


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