Burn The (Halloween) Midnight Oil: Transform Halloween Into DIY Candles For Thanksgiving

Thanksgiving candles

Well folks, Halloween has come and gone once again, leaving in its wake a trail of spiders, witch hats, and a lingering sugar-high that may well last into late November.

Now of course the question is, what does one do with all the spooky decorations? Most are easily boxed up and stored to be re-used next year, but what about all those tiny pumpkins and gourds that so brightly adorned your mantle and front porch?

You can certainly compost them, or keep them around for Thanksgiving decor, but you can also employ a little ingenuity to create a fun autumn craft that will make your home feel warm and inviting until the snow blows.

This simple tutorial teaches you how to create festive Thanksgiving candles out of leftover gourds and mini-pumpkins using just a few basic supplies. With natural beeswax and lead-free wicks, hollowed out mini-pumpkins are transformed into cute, waste-free, natural DIY candles.

The process is simple, and a perfect activity for little hands to help with (just make sure adults handle the power tools and hot wax).

  • First drill a hole in the pumpkin or gourd to hollow it out, or alternately, use a knife to cut the top off and scoop out the seeds as though you were making a tiny jack-o-lantern.
  • Once you have created a hollow inside, use a tin can or double boiler to melt pure beeswax until it becomes liquid.
  • Cut a lead-free wick so that it extends about a quarter inch above the top of the gourd and place it inside, holding it centered while you pour in the beeswax.
  • After you have poured the beeswax, place the finished candles somewhere where they won’t be disturbed and allow them to harden and cool.

Not only is this a great way to re-purpose Halloween decorations, but these homemade candles readily replace store-bought versions which may use artificial waxes, wicks which may contain lead, and a host of artificial fragrances, too.

When complete, these natural votives make great seasonal decor, thoughtful hostess gifts, or, paired with a sweet note, they can become wonderful Thanksgiving gifts for your children’s hard-working teachers.

Feature image courtesy of rjcox

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Madeleine Somerville

Madeleine Somerville is the author of All You Need Is Less: An Eco-Friendly Guide to Guilt-Free Green Living and Stress-Free Simplicity. She is a writer, wannabe hippie and lover of soft cheeses. She lives in Edmonton, Canada, with her daughter. You can also find Madeleine at her blog, Sweet Madeleine.