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Pumpkin Votive Holders

If the thought of a cadre of frightful jack-o'-lanterns gives you the chills, opt for a lovely and luminous group of votive holders instead. These gently glowing lights, cut from pumpkins in pale hues, are easy to make: Simply slice off the tops, and scoop off the flesh.

Introduction

If possible, get a second person to help: he or she can don a pair of work gloves and hold the pumpkin in place as you drill.

Tip: Set on glass votive holder and candle inside each, and arrange a few small, uncarved pumpkins alongside. Keep an eye on the lighted candles, and be sure to blow them out at the end of the evening.

Materials

  • Miniature pumpkins
  • Votives
  • Floral cutters
  • Hand-drill fitted with a 1 1/2-inch-wide paddle bit

Steps

  1. Step 1

    Using floral cutters, trim the stem from the pumpkin.

  2. Step 2

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    Center the paddle bit over the pumpkin, and drill about 1/2 inch deep.

  3. Step 3

    Insert votive. The pumpkin can be stored in a cool, dry spot for up to one day.

Source
Martha Stewart Living, November 2007

Reviews (11)

  • ashmcdeavitt 11 Oct, 2011

    really like this idea! though I think I would use this for more of a Fall theme instead of Halloween, looks fantastic though! :)

  • NorbieK 24 Oct, 2008

    love this idea.

  • LindenBlossom 24 Oct, 2008

    I'm having a dinner party on the Halloween weekend. Wanted to give it a seasonal touch without being too 'Trick or Treat'! I think these will be perfect for the table setting.

  • carolshaffer 23 Oct, 2008

    The paddle bit sounds very dangerous and I wouldn't like to be the one holding the tiny pumpkin in case it slips. I like "momdig"s instructions using a paring knife. Sounds a bit safer.

  • pennygal 23 Oct, 2008

    PROBABLY THE BEST LIGHTS FOR THESE WOULD BE THE BATTERY OPERATED TEA-LIGHTS OR VOTIVES. SURE WOULD BE SAFER.
    AND YES THE CANDLE SHWON IN THE PICTURE IS A TEA-LIGHT.
    IT'S NOT THE FIRST TIME THAT THE PICTURE IS DIFFERENT THAN THE INSTRUCTIONS.
    OH GOSH, I JUST SAW THAT THE GARBLE CAME THRU WITH MY NAME----PLEASE DISREGARD.

  • pennygal 23 Oct, 2008

    '';?;kmho;

  • momdig 23 Oct, 2008

    I made several of these last year having found the directions in Martha Stewart Living magazine. I "gutted" the pumpkins and scraped a bit from the inside and mine lasted a week or more. I also used a paring knife to cut the pumpkins, if you don't have a drill and spade bit AND an extra pair of hands! The skin on those things is tough! but you can carve them with a knife.

  • lilibetd 23 Oct, 2008

    They edo look like tealights. Could di deeper for votives I guess

  • the7gerbers 23 Oct, 2008

    I know it is a small difference, but to me, these look like tealight candles, not votives. A votive would stick up more, right? I think the correct name for what you want in this case is a tealight candle. (Someone correct me if I'm wrong, LOL!)

  • Anna_Marie 23 Oct, 2008

    too bad they only last one day...is that correct?

  • howdydog1 23 Oct, 2008

    I never thought of using a wide drill bit to hollow things out. I have used smaller ones to make holes in pumpkins.
    Great idea
    Howdydog