You can turn inexpensive foam pumpkins from the craft store into elegant candle holders. Read below to find out how to make this fun fall decor project at home with just a few supplies.
Last year, I picked up some cheap craft pumpkins from Hobby Lobby, and decided to play around with them.
I’ve already written a post about 6 different ways to upgrade a craft pumpkin, but I wanted to try something new: a pumpkin candle holder.
There are many different combinations of faux pumpkins and candle holders you can use for this project, but when I looked around Hobby Lobby, I was particularly inspired by this galvanized taper candle holder because it looked like it had leaves, which would make sense on top of the pumpkin.
On their own, these two items aren’t the prettiest, but it’s amazing what you can do with little bit of craft paint and some hot glue!
The key is to look for a candle holder that A) isn’t too big for the pumpkin you’re using, and B) has a bottom that will sit nicely into the top/carved portion of the foam pumpkin.
- foam craft pumpkin
- taper or pillar candle holder with flat bottom
- chalk craft paint in colors of choice
- sealing wax for chalk paint
- hot glue
- hot glue gun
- small paint brushes
- hot knife (optional)
- Remove the stem from the foam pumpkin. If necessary, use a hot knife to cut out a circle from the top that will allow your candle holder to fit.*
- If desired, use chalk paint to paint the candle holders and pumpkin. Paint two coats, allowing paint to dry between coats.
- Apply clear wax sealant to the candle holder and pumpkin using a rag or old t-shirt. Allow to cure for 24 hours.
- Use hot glue to attach the candle holder to the top of the pumpkin.
This project will work with a variety of shapes/sizes of foam pumpkins and candle holders. See full blog post for my list of suggested candle holders that would work well.