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DIY: Pumpkin And Lemon Holiday Candles

DIY: Pumpkin And Lemon Holiday Candles

These festive pumpkin and lemon candles are so easy to make, and great to decorate with for the holidays. Here's how!

Homemade candles have a nice comforting feel during the holidays. These DIY pumpkin and lemon candles are a nice twist on traditional candle molds, proving that you can make candles out of practically anything. They would  be great for a dinner party or adorning your Thanksgiving table. You can add fragrant oil to any of them to bring out the smell of the mold. Bonus: the lemons are so strong, they smell without any added fragrance!

DIY: Pumpkin And Lemon Holiday Candles

Supplies:

Small bag of paraffin wax pellets
Packages of wicks
Small pumpkin or lemon or practically any other fruit (lemons are fun because the strong scent comes through nicely)
Scissors
Carving knife and spoon

DIY: Pumpkin And Lemon Holiday Candles

Place the paraffin wax pellets in a double boiler over low heat. Keep on eye on them while you're cutting your pumpkin. The wax melts in about 10 minutes. Caution: be very careful melting wax, if it gets too hot it could cause a fire. As soon as it melts, take it off the heat and pour into molds.

DIY: Pumpkin And Lemon Holiday Candles

We are starting with the mini pumpkin. Cut it in half with the knife.

DIY: Pumpkin And Lemon Holiday Candles

Scrape out the seeds. I used a small grapefruit spoon which has teeth on the sides and makes the scraping job easier.

DIY: Pumpkin And Lemon Holiday Candles

You want it pretty cleaned out.

DIY: Pumpkin And Lemon Holiday Candles

Do the same with the lemons, or other fruit you may want to use. Apples? Pears? Oranges?

DIY: Pumpkin And Lemon Holiday Candles

Trim the sick to about 3 inches long.

DIY: Pumpkin And Lemon Holiday Candles

Place a wick at the bottom of each hollowed out pumpkin/fruit.

DIY: Pumpkin And Lemon Holiday Candles

Pour the melted wax into the pumpkins or fruit. You can add fragrance at this point as well. The hot wax will make the wicks tilt over and fall to the side. That's okay for right now.

DIY: Pumpkin And Lemon Holiday Candles

In about 10-15 minutes the wax will be hardened enough to move the wick to the middle again. If it's still too liquid to support it straight up, try again in a few minutes.

DIY: Pumpkin And Lemon Holiday Candles

Let them harden overnight and you've got some pretty and festive candles for the holidays!