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. says

    This is so interesting and unique. how long did it take to make?

    Can’t wait to share this on my one facebook. The simplicity and layout of this blog makes it too easy to read for hours. <3 natural!

  2. 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.

  3. Becca says

    There’s an article somewhere out there on how to preserve jack-o-lanterns for the Halloween season to keep them from molding as quickly. I imagine that if one does that to the pumpkins before pouring in the wax, they’ll last longer. Small pumpkins will likely burn for less time, too, so you can buy several smaller ones, then remake the candles as they burn out so your table will have fresh candles all season long. Great article, love the pictures, and easy to follow instructions!

  4. Danielle says

    Lovely! I really want to make these! Do you know how long they’ll last? I’m worried with fresh pumpkins and mold. Thanks!

  5. says

    These are beyond adorable. For the life of me, I can’t remember how I stumbled upon your blog. I know it was from another one that I read regularly and there was a link in yesterday’s post to your site (maybe a sponsor post or feature post?). Even though I don’t remember why I clicked on it, I’m glad I did. Love your blog!


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