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Pumpkin Pie Potpourri

Use a pumpkin incense burner to suggest the cozy scent of pie just out of the oven.




  1. Step 1


    Cut off the pumpkin's top and scrape out the innards; carve round vents with an apple corer.

  2. Step 2

    Rub cinnamon or pumpkin-pie spices onto the lid, or push cloves into it.

  3. Step 3

    With a lighted tealight candle inside, the pumpkin will give off a lovely fragrance for about six hours.

Martha Stewart Living, October 2002



Reviews (10)

  • StarGaiz 5 Oct, 2010

    To pattipoopidoo, Did you use equal parts of each, or is there a more specific 'recipe' to the spices to get the right scent?


  • pattipoopidoo 6 Oct, 2009

    This really smells just like you're baking a pie, I used nutmeg, cinnamon and ginger.

  • MamaJoyce 9 Sep, 2009

    I have used a PartyLite pumpkin spice scented tealight . Great.

  • jgerwigdively 13 Oct, 2008

    I tried this- it was very cute but I tried a tealight in a pumpkin about the size of the one in the pix and it ended up mostly just singeing the lid. It didn't burn so badly that it smelled bad but it didn't put off a lot of scent to begin with. However, it was still very cute. I think a slightly bigger pumpkin and a LOT of spice might help.

  • ClemsonDoll 6 Oct, 2008

    yes, this is a great idea, and you might be able to do this with alot of diffrent idea's such as apple pie scent with an apple maybe. I might have to try the pumpkin soon, and when i try the apple, I will let you know about how it turns out.

  • herwittyreply 30 Sep, 2008

    This is completely adorable and perfect for the season!

  • KittieDanger 11 Sep, 2008

    This looks and sounds great, I cannot wait to try it this Halloween, I may not wait, I may try to do this weekend if I can find a suitable pumpkin!

  • JaniceKnox 11 Feb, 2008

    I did this last Halloween but put it on my front porch. The trick or treaters loved the pumpkin pie scent. I will definately do it again this year.

  • ringlet1 13 Dec, 2007

    If you are not so strong, you can hit the apple corer with a hammer, or use a drill if you have one. This turns out really nicely.

  • SoCalGuy09 18 Nov, 2007

    This is a really creative idea! I actually plan on doing this for Thanksgiving this year! Neat usage for a pumpkin.