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DIY pumpkin candle holders that you can make
As days grow shorter and the temperature drops a few degrees, we need an excuse to stay home and get out the glue gun! Our DIY projects will give you the chance to make the best pumpkin holders on the block, inspiring pumpkin envy among the neighbors.
Obviously, pumpkins are synonymous with Halloween, but if you style these projects right, they’ll last you through the fall and winter months. Neutral tones and shades will give these pumpkin holders longevity and keep your tablescapes, cubbies, shelves and mantels looking styled and stylish.
Dollar Store Design chic
Every dollar store is jammed with fall décor. These small faux pumpkins can be transformed into vogueish ornaments that will uplift your home interior. You might want to stick to neutral colors when creating these chic pumpkin ornaments. To start with, you can paint these little beauties in a strong colored base paint; greens, yellows, grays, and even oranges would all work. Once dried, choose a chalky neutral to complement it; apricots, whites, and pale grays are just perfect. Take out the stems and paint them in rose golds, silvers, soft brass tones or gold. After the paint has dried, load up the pumpkins with mini faux flowers, beads or leaves. Stick to the neutrals or go a bit wild with color. Finally, replace the painted stem. Gently rub over the pumpkin with a sanding sponge and watch the distressed look start to emerge. Your pumpkin will look cool as it is, or you can load up a bunch of them on a vintage tray and smoosh in some faux flowers and dried flowers. You’ll be the talk of the block.
Gather up a stack of the mini faux pumpkins and your paints, and you’re ready to create some elegant ornaments that will work well in any modern interior. Remove the stem and paint it in a metallic finish. Golds, silvers and brass tones are really contemporary. Leave to dry as you use the chalk paints to cover the entire pumpkin. This might take a few coats, so be patient. Once completely dry, you can add spots in a contrasting color. You can either stick to a white base with black spots or mix it up a little with black spots on white as a contrast. These would look great in bunches, tucked into cubbies or on mantels. Add in some votives and you’ve got a sophisticated fall look with just a little bit of DIY. If you want to add candles to this look, be sure to use a tool, like a potato peeler, to carve out the right-sized cup for your candle.
Simplicity is stylish, too
If painting is not your jam, you can create a creative table design by simply carving out the right-sized cups to be filled with a candle. Choose your scent carefully, and you can invoke all the aromatics of fall. Mix white and orange pumpkins, small and large, in with a heap of candles in glass jars and you’ve got a beautiful fall tablescape in an instant. Throw in some dried flowers and you’re good to go.
Creating DIY projects from concrete has become something of a crafting trend recently. It sounds like it's messy and has the potential for great disaster, but it’s more simple than you might think. Make sure you prepare carefully before you start, and don’t attempt this in the main room!
Most stores sell miniature jack-o-lantern buckets as Halloween approaches, and these make a great cast. They need a little adjusting before you’re ready to load them up with concrete. A slice from top to bottom on opposite sides of the bucket will do. Pop some strong masking tape around it to keep the bucket together, and you’re good to go.
After you’ve mixed up your concrete, carefully spoon it in right to the brim and level it off. Before it sets, push in your candle to a reasonable depth. Then you need to wait - overnight, if possible. Carefully remove the masking tape so you can get the concrete out. That’s it! We recommend using the mini buckets, but you could make a variety of sizes that accommodate a variety of candle heights and widths.
If you don’t want to attempt a DIY pumpkin project but you’re looking for some ornamental magic to see you through the colder seasons, check out the Selenite Candle holder or the Sponge Calcite Candleholder from www.mynativedreams.com. It's just what you’re looking for but without the work!