DIY Thanksgiving Table Decor: Homemade Gourd Votive Candles!
/ Tuesday, November 20, 2012
If you're looking for easy (and inexpensive!) DIY Thanksgiving decorations, the grocery store is a great place to start. Fill vases with fresh cranberries before adding white flowers—like Martha does here—take a queue from Good Housekeeping and set out containers of colorful fruit, or make a few of these homemade gourd votive candles! They're a quick way to dress up your Thanksgiving table. Master the basic technique and you can turn loads more produce into homemade votives, like apples, pears, oranges, lemons, even artichokes! Here's how...
DIY SQUASH VOTIVE CANDLES
1. Hold the tea candle approximately where you'd like it to sit in your gourd; trace the outline with a pencil or skewer (you want a gourd that's pretty flat on top). Trim the bottom so it lies flat, if needed.
2. Following the line you traced, cut out a circle about 1-inch deep; use the tip of the knife to flick out the round. Use a small spoon to scoop out the pulp and the seeds inside; discard. Press the tea candle into the hole to secure. Light and use for about 5 days.