Pumpkin candles!

With Halloween fast approaching, the boys have certainly noticed all the pumpkins, skeletons and spooky decorations around the place. We haven’t made it to a pick your own pumpkin place yet, but I decided that didn’t mean we couldn’t enjoy making our own form of pumpkins – in the form of pumpkin candles!

For this craft, I took three old candle holders, three tea lights and some paints, and set the boys to work painting pumpkins on the candle holders. My little one got a bit enthusiastic with the colour mixing (so his pumpkin is more black than orange!), but I helped him out a little so there is a vague pumpkininess to it! My eldest went freestyle and turned his entire glass into a pumpkin.

After letting the glasses dry came the fun part (in my boys’ eyes!). I helped them both to light a match, and then I put the tea lights into the holders. My 2yo’s was so enthusiastically painted both inside and out that I put it to the side in case it posed a fire risk!

My 4yo was particularly thrilled with the ‘lighting a match’ element, so we needed to do this several times (whilst my youngest sang happy birthday!). And hey presto, we had our indoor pumpkins! The boys would like to have them lit fairly permanently, so we may well need more tea lights and matches…


Hi! I’m Claire, stay-at-home-mum to two gorgeous boys and a lovely girl. My kids are energetic, spirited and full-of-life, and they certainly keep me on my toes. I love spending time with them and seeing them learn and experience new things – I hope that this blog will give you ideas to try out on the children in your life!

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