Fall, Projects

Pumpkin Beeswax Candles

October 2, 2015

Autumn brings simple things. Outside our windows we watch as nature reminds us to notice. Colors to keep us warm while cooler weather approaches.

The first leaves at our feet. The slowing chirp of crickets as the air cools.

The golden light of a hand poured candle.

window lit pumpkins

– small (decorative) pumpkins – organic beeswax – wooden wicks (most craft stores carry these) – double boiler (a glass bowl over a pan works just as well) –

If you haven’t heard about the amazing benefits to using beeswax… I had a little Science lesson with my lemon beeswax candles. In addition to helping the bees, burning longer, and being free of the toxins in most paraffin candles; beeswax candles actually purify the air while burning. It’s pretty amazing, and I’ll never burn any other type of wax after reading up on this.

twine and table pumpkin perspective

twineandtable birds eye pumpkins

Carve to remove the lid of your pumpkins. (The store-bought serrated carvers really do work better than anything)

twineandtable pumpkin scoop

twineandtable birds eye pumpkin scooped

twineandtable pumpkin beeswax

melting beeswax

Break your beeswax into pieces and place in a glass bowl over a pan filled with simmering water.

twineandtable instapumpkin pic

While your wax is melting, scoop the insides out of your pumpkins. The sides are fairly thick, but I actually went through the thin bottoms of a couple accidentally.

Once your wax is almost melted, cut your wicks and dip the ends to coat the base of your wick with enough wax to adhere to the bottom of your pumpkin. Some wooden wicks come with a base to hold them upright while you pour the wax. 

When your beeswax is entirely melted, pour into each pumpkin – holding the wick steady while doing so.

Set aside to cool and harden completely. I’ve lit mine before the 8-12 recommended hours, but they burn longer if they’ve had more time to harden.

twine and table freshly poured pumpkins

Trim your wicks, and light these lovelies.

twineandtable poured pumpkins

twineandtable poured pumpkin 2

It’s Autumn. It’s simple things.

twine and table poured pumpkin candles

twineandtable pumpkin candles

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  • Reply Paige Beisel October 6, 2015 at 5:13 am

    I’m doing this with my kids! So crafty and not too complicated! Yay Jeni!

  • Reply Morgan November 17, 2015 at 3:45 pm

    I would love to make these as Christmas gifts, how long will the pumpkins last before molding?

    • Reply twineandtable@gmail.com November 18, 2015 at 10:28 am

      Hi Morgan!
      As long as you fill the wax high enough to cover any exposed area of the inner pumpkin, the candles will last as long as the mini pumpkins would on their own. I made mine a week or two before burning them, and they stayed looking great. The wax seals off the inside that would normally mold quickly if left open to the air. Once they are burnt and the wax level lowers, they only last a couple days before molding on the inside (just like a carved jack-o-lantern). You wouldn’t be burning a candle made as a gift anyways but it’s a good thing to let those receiving them know. Store them somewhere cool and dry until then. They would make great gifts for Christmas or for a Thanksgiving table!

  • Reply Letha Gragg August 31, 2016 at 12:15 pm

    Are these pumpkin scented since they are poured into a pumpkin? Or does the beeswax come scented? Looking at making them over fall break with grandkids.

    • Reply twineandtable@gmail.com September 9, 2016 at 11:30 am

      Hi Letha,

      The wax isn’t scented (though I think beeswax has a nice scent on its own). If you buy your wax from a craft store, it is often near natural oils that can be added to the melting wax if you’d like to make scented candles. I hope you and your grandkids have fun making them!

  • Reply Jackie October 30, 2016 at 12:31 pm

    My daughter and I made these yesterday!! So cute! We used mini gourds and pumpkins ?

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