How to Make Gourd Candle Lights


A quick, fun way to make candle holders out of gourds to add a unique, natural touch to your autumn decor or Thanksgiving table:

Take several small, pretty gourds or mini-pumpkins. Slice off the top. Carve out the soft center to make a nest for the candle. (Scrape the bottom to flatten your spot.) Place a scented votive candle inside!


  1. Kim A. says:

    Lovely, Suzanne. Even I could do that. I just couldn’t think of the idea, though. 😆


  2. Susan says:

    Suzanne, Thanks for the great idea! You’re so creative. :yes:

  3. catslady says:

    I like it – going to store that away for the next time I have a nice dinner.

    Has anyone ever seen swan gourds? (Personally, I think they look more like ducks lol). I got 3 at Halloween and was told to let them dry out and you can make bird houses out of them.

  4. leanne says:

    That’s pretty cool looking. I’t make a nice centerpiece of Thanksgiving or any kind of dinner you were planning to have in the fall. Hope everyone has a great day.

    Leanne :purr:

  5. Brandy says:

    Too Cool! Very pretty and would lovely on a Thanksgiving table.

  6. Estella says:

    That is easy enough for me to do.

  7. Bayou Woman says:

    I know this is an older post, but I love this idea and have a question: How long can these be used?

  8. Suzanne McMinn says:

    The gourds are a fresh product, so they don’t stay good forever, but they will stay nice for several days. Once the first candle burns down, you can scrape it out and replace it with a fresh candle, so they are re-usable past the first candle. It’ll take four or five days before the gourd starts looking shriveled and you’ll want to replace it with a newly-cut gourd then. 🙂

  9. Donna says:

    What a neat idea..I’ll do that next Fall..I will use unscented candles, as my husband thinks he is going to die if he smells any scent. He is like the fiance in “Sleepless in Seattle” LOL

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