Making Gourd Candles

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Transform your pumpkins and gourds into centerpieces by turning them into candles. I learned some tips on how to Make Gourd Candles that I’ll share with you.

How to make gourd candles for a fun Thanksgiving Display -

How to Make Gourd Candles


Thanksgiving craft idea

Tips for making Gourd Candles

  • First off, I now realize that the gourds purchased from a farm stand without the hard polyurethane coat are the only type to use when making gourd candles – the polyurethane coat makes it almost impossible to carve, and very dangerous
  • I also realize that smooth gourds are easier to drill into. The bumpier the surface the scarier it is to use a drill on – yikes!
  • Tall gourds are the best to use – the drill bit is further away – again, yikes!
  • A 3/4 inch drill bit works for most tapered candles
  • Only an adult should operate the knife or drill – Kids will enjoy watching and can help put the candles in later

Thanksgiving craft idea

  • The image above shows a taller gourd holding a tapered candle. The shorter ones do not work as well for tapered candles


  • A 1&1/2 inch Speedbor drill bit is the perfect size for tea light – battery operated is the safest for the table

  • You can also look for wax granules!

Thanksgiving craft idea

  • Not so fun for you to clean up


  • But, very pretty display, and quite an adventure

So, there’s my gourd candle making experience! I hope you can gain some insight into this fun craft before you get started on your own.

~Melissa – KidFriendlyThingsToDo.Com 

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