How To Make Cinnamon Pumpkin Candles

Pumpkin DIY Candles | What do you do when you can’t control the impulse to buy cute little pumpkins every time you visit the grocery store? My porch has quite a collection of pie pumpkins because I can’t resist their adorableness. They are the perfect size after all. Not too big, not too small. Jussst right!

You might be thinking, duh, bake a pie! Nope. Here’s what you do. You make pumpkin candles!

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Pumpkin DIY Candles | Supplies needed:

  • Pumpkins
  • Soy wax flakes
  • Wicks
  • Cinnamon sticks
  • Pencil or skewer to hold the wicks
  • Cinnamon flavor to amp up the smell (optional)
  • Wax coloring (optional)

Pumpkin DIY Candles | Cut off the tops of the pumpkins and scoop out the seeds. Attach the wicks to the bottom of the pumpkin. Use a piece of tin foil in glue them to the bottom of the pumpkin. Then roll the top of the wick around a pencil or skewer to it hold upright.

Melt the wax in a double broiler and pour it into the candles. Crush up a couple of cinnamon sticks and add to the wax for a yummy cinnamon smell. For a stronger smell, you can add cinnamon oil too. Then let the candles sit for a couple of hours for the wax to harden.

Pumpkin DIY Candles | We experimented with adding a bit of candle wax tint to give them a more golden color. The wax looks really dark when liquid but it dries much lighter. Oh, and you can also make candles with tiny pumpkins! There’s not a lot of seeds in them – so not much room for wax – but they are super cute.

Pumpkin DIY Candles | What fun things have you done with pumpkins this year?


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  1. Kelly says

    Just made these with my kids, SO easy and fun! They look adorable. I am having one problem though, and I can’t figure out what to do. I set the wick in the bottom of the pumpkin, then poured wax flakes all around, about 3/4 of the way to the top of the pumpkin. The problem I’m having is that the whole amount of wax flakes are not melting, only a small circle directly around the wick. So the rest of the candle is still flakes. Any suggestions? I used very small pumpkins, as pictured. Thanks!

    • Mare says

      Kelly, I believe you may have missed the step of melting the wax flakes in a double boiler before filling the pumpkin. :)

    • Michelle says

      Ur supose to melt the wax in a double broiler first. Then pour the wax in the pumpkin. If u dont have a double broiler i use a metal coffee container and put the flakes in there then put the tin in some boiling water so it melts the flakes without getting them wet.

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