How To Turn Real Mini Pumpkins Into Tealight Holders

Do you like incorporating real pumpkins into your interior fall decor? If you do, here's an idea for turning the real mini pumpkins into tealight candle holders plus tips on how to preserve the pumpkin stems for fall crafts. These cute pumpkin tealights look so pretty at night on a fall mantel or set on a coffee table tray decorated for the season. 

How to turn real mini pumpkins into tealight candle holders for fall plus tips for how to preserve the pumpkin stems to use for future fall crafts.

Mini Pumpkin Tealight Holders

Instead, I went for a simple vignette for Canadian Thanksgiving with the pumpkin tealights lined up on the DIY Thanksgiving table riser. During the rest of the autumn season, I have them displayed on a simpler farmhouse-style table riser.

I normally gravitate towards the brighter mini orange pumpkins also known as Jack Be Littles. But this year I decided to go with a neutral pallet with white Baby Boo mini pumpkins instead. 

How to turn real mini pumpkins into tealight candle holders for fall plus tips for how to preserve the pumpkin stems to use for future fall crafts.

A mix of both orange and white mini pumpkins would be lovely as well set on a bed of real or faux fall leaves or greens. Another option is to paint the mini pumpkins to match your decor.

Before we get into the nitty-gritty of how to make the pumpkin tealights, all the projects here on the blog have step-by-step tutorials so why not get your budget DIY on at Interior Frugalista and subscribe! You can also follow us on Pinterest, Facebook, Instagram, and YouTube.

But first things first, carefully remove the pumpkin stems so they can be preserved to use for Fall crafts next year. It's easy to do following the three steps below.

How To Preserve Pumpkin Stems

  • Carefully cut along the base of the pumpkin stem with a knife.
  • Mini pumpkins have a much tougher shell than the large varieties so be extra cautious during this step.
  • Remove any meat from the base of the stem.
  • Store the stems on some newspaper in a dry location for about eight weeks.

How To Carve Mini Pumpkins For Tealights

I've included affiliate links so you can see what products I used or recommend to make this. At no cost to you, we receive a small commission if you make a purchase.

Safety First

Make sure the pumpkin is secured onto your work surface before drilling. Holding the pumpkin is not a safe option should the drill decide to slip. I use a bench vice to safely secure them while I drill.

Set the torque on the drill to a low setting (under 10). If you are not experienced using a power drill, have someone do this for you.

Step 1 - Drilling A Hole In The Mini Pumpkins

  • With a 1 1/2 inch hole saw drill bit carefully bore a hole in the center of the mini pumpkins but stop before you go through the bottom.
  • Alternatively, you could carve the holes like you would a Halloween pumpkin. But like I mentioned earlier, these little guys have much firmer skin so it can be a bit challenging.

How to turn real mini pumpkins into tealight candle holders for fall plus tips for how to preserve the pumpkin stems to use for future fall crafts.

Step 2 - Removing The Pumpkin Pulp

Scoop the pulp from inside the pumpkins and allow the cavity to dry for several hours. You can speed up the drying process by dabbing the inside with paper towels.

Step 3 - Inserting The Tealight Candles

Fill the cavity of the pumpkins 3/4 full with something fire-resistant for the tealights to sit on. I scrunched a ball of tinfoil to fill mine. Set the tealights on top and press firmly until they sit level with the top of the pumpkins.

How to turn real mini pumpkins into tealight candle holders for fall plus tips for how to preserve the pumpkin stems to use for future fall crafts.

Alternatively, you could use taller flameless votive candles on timers for a set and forget fall lighting. For more DIY Fall inspiration visit my Fall Ideas page.

How to turn real mini pumpkins into tealight candle holders for fall plus tips for how to preserve the pumpkin stems to use for future fall crafts.

How To Help Mini Pumpkins Last Longer

The pumpkins will rot over time but you can help preserve them to last longer. Mine have lasted, without this step, well into mid-November when I start decorating for the holidays.

Wash the outer skin with full-strength white vinegar. Let them completely dry and then spray a clear coat sealer on the outside of the pumpkin ONLY.

Enjoy your cute pumpkin tealight candle holders.

How to turn real mini pumpkins into tealight candle holders for fall plus tips for how to preserve the pumpkin stems to use for future fall crafts.

If you have any questions about the pumpkin tealight tutorial, please leave them in the comment section below or press the Contact Me button at the top of the blog to drop me an email. I love hearing from you!

How to turn real mini pumpkins into tealight candle holders for fall by Interior Frugalista plus tips for how to preserve the pumpkin stems to use for future fall crafts. #pumpkincrafts #pumpkincarving


If you enjoyed this real pumpkin candle holder tutorial, I'd be so thankful if you shared it with a friend and pinned it to your Fall Lighting Ideas or DIY Fall Decor board on Pinterest.


How to turn real mini pumpkins into tealight candle holders for fall by Interior Frugalista plus tips for how to preserve the pumpkin stems to use for future fall crafts. #minipumpkins #diypumpkintealights

I share my projects at these fabulous link parties.

Share

Comments

  1. I love this clever idea! So pretty and such a great way to brighten up the table. Thanks for sharing at the Sundays on Silverado Link Party!

    -Niky @ The House on Silverado

    ReplyDelete
  2. ********************************************************
    Thank you for sharing at #OverTheMoon. Pinned and shared. Have a lovely week. I hope to see you at next week’s party too! Please stay safe and healthy. Come party with us at Over The Moon! Catapult your content Over The Moon! @marilyn_lesniak @EclecticRedBarn
    ********************************************************

    ReplyDelete
  3. Hmm.. that's an usual idea ! Inspite of drying it, wont it give out a stench after some time ? I have never really worked with a real pumpkin, hence asking.
    We love to cook mutton with guard, but I've never tried Pumpkin.
    Very interesting idea. 3 of them sitting on the table, look stunning.
    Thank you for sharing hon at Meraki Link Party.
    Naush

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. I've never had a problem with the stench because these are hardy little pumpkins. They will rot over time but mine were good right up to mid November when I switched to Christmas decor. You can wash any bacteria from the skin with vinegar and once dry, spray a clear coat (outside of pumpkin only) to help preserve them longer.

      Delete

Post a Comment

I always enjoy hearing from you so please don't be shy! I read and reply to every single comment.