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DIY Craft Pumpkin Candle Holders

You can turn inexpensive foam pumpkins from the craft store into elegant candle holders. Read below to find out how to make this fun fall decor project at home with just a few supplies.

Last year, I picked up some cheap craft pumpkins from Hobby Lobby, and decided to play around with them.

I've already written a post about 6 different ways to upgrade a craft pumpkin, but I wanted to try something new: a pumpkin candle holder.

There are many different combinations of faux pumpkins and candle holders you can use for this project, but when I looked around Hobby Lobby, I was particularly inspired by this galvanized taper candle holder because it looked like it had leaves, which would make sense on top of the pumpkin.

On their own, these two items aren't the prettiest, but it's amazing what you can do with little bit of craft paint and some hot glue!

The key is to look for a candle holder that A) isn't too big for the pumpkin you're using, and B) has a bottom that will sit nicely into the top/carved portion of the foam pumpkin.

How to Make a Pumpkin Candle Holder:


  1. faux pumpkin
  2. candle holder of choice (should fit nicely over the top of the pumpkin)
  3. chalk craft paint in color(s) of choice
  4. chalk paint sealing wax
  5. hot glue gun and glue


  1. Remove the stem portion of the faux pumpkin (you may need to use an exacto knife).
  2. Paint the pumpkin with the chalk paint and allow to dry. Add a second layer if desired. Lightly rub the sealing wax over the dried paint to provide a smooth finish.
  3. If desired, paint candle holder in the same manner.
  4. Use hot glue to affix the candle holder to the top of the pumpkin.

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