Last Minute Centerpiece: Pumpkin Bouquet-Candle

pumpkin bouquet candle by rlcIt’s down to the wire for your Thanksgiving meal and your table looks under-dressed. The big question is…candles or flowers? Why settle for either one when you can have both? This bouquet-candle centerpiece is quick and easy to make. All you need is a small pumpkin, some dried rice, flowers, and a tea light!

When making a pumpkin bouquet one usually places a can or jar inside the pumpkin to act as a vase. Today’s bouquet-candle is different; the flowers go into the sides of the pumpkin and the tea light sits in the top. It’s really quick to make but will only last two days.

Craft Materials: pumpkin bouquet candle materials

  • 1 small pumpkin or other squash
  • Flowers (I suggest flowers that will sit close to the fruit—small mums work well)
  • ¼ – ½ cup dried rice
  • 1 tea light
  • Knife and scoop for cutting top off pumpkin and removing seeds
  • Awl or other sharp tool for holes (I used a Phillips screwdriver)
  • Vegetable peeler for rounding out top opening (optional)

Craft Steps:

  • Place dried rice in a small bowl and add water to cover. Allow to soak. Meanwhile…
  • Cut the top off your pumpkin, being careful not to puncture the bottom of the fruit. Remove pumpkin seeds and flesh
  • Round out the opening with the vegetable peeler
  • Poke holes for the flowers using the awl or other pointy tool. You will want to stay above the mid-line. Keep in mind that all flower stems should aim down to the bottom center of the pumpkin. Trypumpkin bouquet candle stems two rows of alternating punctures or, for a more classic look, make evenly-lined punctures only in the ribs of the fruit (as seen in the picture below).
  • Trim the flower stems and place the flowers in the holes. If you feel any resistance it might be fleshy strings on the inside of the fruit; simply scrape them away.
  • Strain the rice and carefully spoon it into the pumpkin, tapping lightly so it fills the entire chamber. pumpkin bouquet candle fill
  • Even off the top.
  • Seat the tea light in center.pumpkin bouquet candle alternative

Sending Warm Blessings for Your Thanksgiving Holiday