(diy tutorial) glitter pumpkin candles

Here’s an easy Thanksgiving centerpiece idea that I originally wrote for Pretty Providence. These faux pumpkins are from The Dollar Store and this project cost me a total of 3 bucks (I already had the glitter, Mod Podge and tea lights)! These glittered candle pumpkins are quick and easy to do. You still have time to make these before Thanksgiving dinner! A perk of Turkey Day crafting is that pumpkins are on major clearance right now because they are clearing the shelves for Christmas! If you are looking for a craft to do with the kiddos, check out my turkey handprint shirt tutorial.


Fake Pumpkin (I found mine at the Dollar Store)
Carving Knife
Mod Podge
Sponge Brush
Mod Podge Clear Acrylic Sealer
Tea Light Candle


Step 1: Cut a circle, slightly smaller than the tea light candle, around the stem of the pumpkin. Remove the stem.

Step 2: Apply glitter, in patches, to the pumpkin using a foam brush and Mod Podge. Allow to dry.

Step 3: Spray a coat of Mod Podge Clear Sealer over the entire pumpkin. If you don’t have the sealer spray, you could brush another coat of regular Mod Podge over the glitter. This will prevent glitter from getting everywhere.

Step 4: Stick the tea light candles inside the pumpkins. Use as a centerpiece or place on top of a candle holder and display on your fireplace mantel.


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I'm Vanessa and it's my mission in life to spread my love of hot glue guns and glitter to others. I suffer from craft ADHD, regularly working on at least 10 projects at the same time and my craft room looks like a tornado hit it. My first craft book, Party in a Jar, was published in 2014. I look forward to crafting with you!

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