The kid’s have a garden at their dad’s house and this year they had lots of pumpkins and decorative gourds. Because he had so many and Soph loves ’em, we got a bunch, too. I was excited because buying these gourds is not cheap and we got a bunch for free! With all the gourds on hand, we decided to venture out from the standard display and turn one of them into a candle holder. It is really easy and here’s how we did it:
Step 1: Prep the Location Where the Candle will be –
The first thing we did was find the place on our gourd where we wanted the candle to be. Then, Sophia traced the tea light with a sharpie marker so we knew what areas to cut out. When she was done outlining, I traced the circle with a sharpie mark with a knife.
Step 2: Scoop Out Center of Circle –
When I finished pre-cutting the sharpie circle, Sophia scooped out the center of the circle with a melon baller. Make sure not to make the hole too big or the candle will just fall through. Keep it as close to the size of the sharpie outline as possible. Adults may have to help with this if the gourd shell is hard.
Step 3: Scoop out the Gourd ‘Goop’ –
Once Soph broke through the shell of the gourd, she scooped out all of the goop inside. The fact is, this gourd isn’t gonna last forever, but removing the goop will help prolong its life.
Step 4: Place the Candle in the Hole –
When you have the inside all scooped out, just place the tea light in the hole, light and enjoy!
The gourd will probably only last about a week before starting to rot, but, if you have a special meal planned and need a center piece, or just want to have a fancy candle for the week, this is a fun project. We hope you enjoy it!