How To Make A Festive Pumpkin Tea Light Centerpiece

This DIY project couldn't be simpler!

October 3, 2017
gourd tea light holder
Ken Druse

The crisp air has finally arrived and your local farmers' market is likely brimming with pumpkins that are just waiting to add a festive touch to your front stoop (here's how to create a totally professional monogrammed pumpkin) and dining room table—or to be eaten!

But this year, why not take your DIY skills a step further? Turns out, with just a little cutting and scooping, small pumpkins and fresh gourds can be easily transformed into tea light holders that make the perfect fall centerpiece. Here's how:  


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Step 1

Make sure you choose a gourd that will be stable on a flat surface. Using a candle carver—a tool designed to cut a tea light-size hole in fruits or vegetables—cut a shallow plug from the gourd.

tea candle gourd step 1

Related: How To Pick Perfect Pumpkins And Squash This Fall

Step 2

If you don't have a candle carver, mark a circle slightly larger than the tea light on the top of the gourd and carefully cut the opening with a knife.

tea candle gourd step 2

Step 3

Scoop out the seeds and fiber with a spoon and discard or compost. Or save the seeds and make your own roasted pumpkin seeds.

tea candle gourd step 3


Step 4

The gourd will be left with a shallow hole.

Related: 10 Key Tips For Growing Pumpkin And Squash

tea candle gourd step 4

Step 5

Drop the tea light into place.

tea candle gourd step 5

Decorate your home, and enjoy!