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Leafy Pumpkin Candleholders

These leaf-laden pumpkin candleholders are perfect for Halloween or Thanksgiving decorating.

Give your fall dining table a colorful boost with these painted pumpkin candleholders. The glittery painted leaves provide plenty of sparkle even when the candles are left unlit. You may also choose to leave out the holes for the candles.

See below for complete project instructions.

Materials and Tools

  • Pumpkins
  • Sharp knife
  • Candles
  • Drill and 1-inch hole saw
  • Leaf patterns (see download link below)
  • Scissors
  • Tape
  • Metallic gold spray paint
  • Acrylic paints
  • Paintbrushes
  • Tube glitter paint

Download leaf patterns


1. For each pumpkin, cut off the stem, if desired. For candleholders, using a drill and a 1-inch hole saw, drill a hole in the pumpkin top. If necessary, use a knife to cut a large hole to fit the candle. Wipe the pumpkin clean.

2. Download, print, and cut out the desired leaf patterns. Using loops of tape, attach the patterns to the pumpkin.

3. Spray on gold paint, covering the leaf patterns. Let the paint dry. Remove the patterns.

4. Fill in the leaf shapes by blending acrylic paints (pink into purple, yellow into green, and orange into red), or paint the leaves solid colors. Let the paint dry.

5. Outline the leaf shapes with glitter paint.

Note: Never leave a burning candle unattended.


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