DIY Gourd Candles

DIY Gourd Candles
I’m kinda crazy for all things squash (I eat it, every variety I can get my hands on, and often) so it was only natural that I looked to the gourd family to inspire a little fall table-scape. I don’t like to go to any grand effort to dress up my tables but I do like to do something small and in season. That something for me needs to be: easy and LOW profile. There’s nothing more irritating to me during a meal (other than over cooked food and that’s just a given) than to have to bob and weave around a large centerpiece to try and have a conversation with your family or guests. Hence LOW profile.

Gourd Candle Supplies
These DIY gourd candles are perfect for any fall entertaining you may be doing. You can pick up a bag of gourds and everything else you need for this project at your local  LOWE’S HOME IMPROVEMENT. Yep, you sure can.

Here’s what you’ll need:


  • variety of mini gourds
  • 1 1/2″ spade drill bit
  • drill
  • tea lights


1. IF the bottom of your gourd is uneven, carefully trim the bottom using a pairing knife or the like, so that it stands when you set it down.
2. CAREFULLY drill into the gourd just enough so that the tea light can fit in.
3. Scoop out and discard insides. Set aside to dry.
4. Place a tea light into drilled hole. DIY Gourd Candles

These candles are meant to be used within a a few days of making them (they would be perfect for a special meal or party think Thanksgiving dinner table). Discard the gourds once they become molded or begin to smell. Do NOT leave your lit candles unattended. It’s just not a good idea people. Common sense.


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  1. 1

    Easy enough and I have an abundance of gourds and pumpkins. Thanks for the Idea.

  2. 2

    These are just perfect for fall! Thanks for sharing! Pinned!

  3. 3

    What an adorable idea! I love these!

  4. 4

    Those are so cute! What a fun idea for candle holders!

  5. 5

    This is a great idea! Love it!

  6. 6

    So simple to make and perfect for fall decorating!

  7. 7

    Those really look so pretty!

  8. 8

    These are too cute!!! If I didn’t have a fruit fly problem I would buy some gourds like TODAY and make these 😉

  9. 9

    This is such a cute and festive idea!

  10. 10

    I absolutely adore this! I love having candles everywhere during the fall months. And these are so perfectly festive!

  11. 11

    I love these, Paula! I just bought a whole bunch of decorative gourds at the Farmer’s Market, but other than setting them around randomly I had no idea what to do with them. Thanks!

  12. 12

    Love these! I would love to do this for Thanksgiving.

  13. 13

    Oh my goodness. These are adorable. And I love any excuse to whip out the drill!

  14. 14

    OMG those are so cute! Totally pinned!

  15. 15

    Such a cute idea! I’ve seen these where you’re supposed to pour hot wax in the gourd and then peel off the outside….ain’t nobody got time for that! I love your version, I think I can do it. 🙂

  16. 16

    Such and easy project that makes a huge difference for fall ambiance. Thanks for the inspiration!


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