Brisk mornings and earlier sunsets…cozy sweaters and chunky boots…
pumpkin spice lattes pumpkin everything! Fall is often regarded as a season of transition and so many of the things I love are associated with this time of year. Despite the laid-back approach we took to summer, I didn’t sit down as often to craft or bake like I usually do. With the holidays approaching quickly, I have been inspired to create more.
One of the most distinguishing aspects of this season are the vibrant, warm colors that surround me. We don’t incorporate seasonal trends throughout our home so the kitchen is that space to showcase that Fall is here. The kitchen table is probably one of the few places we all sit together every single day, so today’s Pumpkin/Gourd Candle craft is inspired by the meals we share together as a family.
Interestingly enough, this craft originated as a recipe. While my husband and I were brainstorming our Pumpkin Butternut Squash Ravioli Recipe, he suggested roasting mini squash, gourds, and pumpkins for the filling. But something about that seemed odd since the only time I’ve seen gourds used is for home decor. After a quick Google search, I realized that most gourds are inedible and it would likely be too difficult to determine which ones were actually cook-worthy.
Rather than just display the gourds around my home, I thought I’d get creative and use them to house decor items like flowers and candles. Here is what you need for this very simple gourd craft:
Gourds in the size, shape, and color of your choice
Tea light candles (I like the LED tea light candles, particularly for families with children)
Flowers (fresh or dried)
Use the candle as a guide to help you cut the appropriate-sized hole to house the tea light candle. I recommend penciling in a circle for precision. If using the gourds as a vase, you won’t have to be as exact.
Once you’ve cut the top off of the gourd, scoop out the seeds/flesh to prevent them from rotting. Allow to dry out for several hours or overnight.
If you’re using fresh flowers, cut the stems and place a small cup with water at the bottom of the gourd. I also recommend using a taller gourd to house the flowers.
These two very simple gourds crafts took about 15-20 minutes and look amazing on my table. I picked up a gorgeous Better Homes and Gardens Splendid Leaves Table Runner from Walmart, added some flowers, tea light candles, and my decorative gourds for a festive Fall tablescape/centerpiece. This entire craft, including the table runner, was less than $20 and the result is simple and gorgeous.