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How to Turn a Pumpkin into a Decorative Scented Soy Candle Centerpiece

September 16th, 2008 · 6 Comments

Candle in a PumpkinThis is a fun scented soy candle project that you can do on your own or with your kids, to exercise your creative juices and decorate your house for Halloween, Thanksgiving, and the fall.

The finished product will be a real pumpkin filled with a pumpkin spice scented soy candle. It makes an excellent autumn centerpiece. Or line a walkway with several of them to create beautiful nighttime luminaries that set the mood for Halloween parties and trick-or-treating.

You will need:

Soy Wax Chips or Flakes (for container candles, not pillar)
Pumpkin Pie Spice Fragrance Oil
Wicking Roll (51-32-18 Zinc Core)
Pumpkin – Small or Medium
Large Saucepan
Large Metal or Glass Cooking Bowl
Large Wooden Spoon

The first four items can be found on any candle making supplies website or at your local craft store. Shop around at the various online candle making supply sites to compare prices and find the quantities that best suit your needs.

STEP 1 – Prep the Pumpkin

You should select a small to medium pumpkin because you’re going to have to hollow it out and fill it with wax. A great big pumpkin will just require too much wax. Plus the small pumpkins are just easier to deal with.

For safety, your pumpkin should be stable and not prone to rolling over at the slightest bump. You don’t want a flaming soy candle rolling around in your house!

Using a knife, cut a hole in the top of the pumpkin. The opening should be at least 2 inches across (for very small pumpkins) and no more than 4 inches across for larger pumpkins.

Remove the seeds and pulp from inside the pumpkin. Just get the bulk of them out, but don’t make yourself crazy getting every scrap.

STEP 2 – Prep the Wick

Measure out enough candle wicking to reach the bottom of your pumpkin plus 3 more inches to stick out of the top, and cut it off.

Insert one end of your wick into a wicktab and anchor it firmly in the bottom center of your pumpkin.

Center the top of the wick in the opening at the top of your pumpkin and wrap it around the pencil to hold it in place. Sit the pencil across the top of the opening making sure the wick is lined up right in the middle.

STEP 3 – Melt the Soy Candle Wax & Fill the Pumpkin

Be very careful here. Soy wax is flammable, so don’t spill it onto the cooking element. See my post on candle making safety.

Fill the saucepan about half full with water and bring it to a boil on the stove.

Pour the soy wax chips or soy wax flakes into the metal or glass cooking bowl. Don’t fill it more than two thirds full.

With a pot holder, hold the bowl over the top of the boiling water (using it as a double-boiler) and stir the soy wax chips constantly with the wooden spoon until the soy candle wax is completely melted.

Quickly mix a generous amount of the Pumpkin Pie Spice Fragrance Oil into the melted wax. Then carefully pour the wax into the opening at the top of your pumpkin.

If necessary, repeat this process until the pumpkin is filled to the top.

STEP 4 – Trim the Wicking

After the soy candle wax has cooled and solidified, use some scissors to trim the excess wicking off the top of your new scented soy candle. Leave about 1 inch of wick exposed at the top.

Your candle is now ready to light and enjoy! Stay tuned for other fun, free Halloween crafts for kids and their parents.

Visit our home page for more on Scented Soy Candles. Also check out How to Make Candle Molds, Scented Candles for Fall, the emotional effects of a Richly Scented Candle, and Coffee Mug Soy Candles.

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Tags: Holiday Candles

6 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Katie Lloyd // Sep 16, 2008 at 11:59 pm

    What a neat idea! (mmm…pumpkin spice) Thanks for sharing! :)

  • 2 Sherry // Sep 17, 2008 at 7:51 am

    This sounds like fun! I love pumpkin pie smelling candles, too! :D
    Happy WW!

  • 3 Toni // Sep 17, 2008 at 8:01 am

    What a cute idea, and fun little project for fall!

  • 4 Shades of Shannon // Sep 17, 2008 at 10:58 am

    What a great idea – I can see myself giving this a try. Thanks for stopping by my blog.

  • 5 Learning By Living // Sep 17, 2008 at 9:31 pm

    I love this idea! I love pumpkin smell in the Fall. My favorite!! I think will be something I will try! Thanks for sharing!

  • 6 Tammy Winstead // Sep 17, 2008 at 11:46 pm

    I bet my kids would love this craft!

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