This fall, there were so many wonderful types of squashes at my local market, that I bought several to use as decorations around the house. However, for a dinner party, I made them into candle lanterns for the table setting. (This project was inspired by Gloria Nicol's Complete Book of Candles and Candle Making
For this project, you'll need:
- A medium-sized squash - I used golden and green acorn squashes
- A large awl or drill with drill bit - I used my drill and a 7/16" spade bit. (A large standard screwdriver would work too - though not quite as neatly as a drill bit.)
- A sharp knife and spoon to cut open the squash and scoop out the seeds.
- A fire safe plate and a tea lite
Step Two - Cut out the hole and scoop out the seeds, making sure that all of the seeds and stringy bits are scooped out.
Step Three - Using your drill or awl, drill holes along the crevices between the ridges, spacing the holes about 3/4" apart. Drill the holes in all of the crevices. (See the pictures above.)
Step Four - Place the squash lantern on a fire safe plate with a tea lite on it.
Step Five - After you're done using it as a table setting, cut out the area that is likely to be burned/scorched above the candle, and cook the rest!