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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.

Source: Martha Stewart Living, November 2007


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.


  • Miniature pumpkins

  • Votives

  • Floral cutters

  • Hand-drill fitted with a 1 1/2-inch-wide paddle bit


  1. Using floral cutters, trim the stem from the pumpkin.

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

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

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