Stormy Stewart Recipe

Carved punpkin air freshener

By Stormy Stewart karlyn255

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Stormy's Story

Are commercial air fresheners and their blanket of perfumy toxins, making you think twice, try this alternative

This uses hollowed-out pumpkins to create aromatic pumpkin candles. They are seasonal, safe, and delicious smelling, with the added bonus of being wonderfully decorative.


pumpkin or several small ones
assorted spices
beeswax or soy tea light

Directions Step-By-Step

Cut off the top of a medium pumpkin, clean the interior and top.
Cut holes in the sides to vent. Use an apple corer: you can place the holes randomly for a mod look, or symmetrically for a more classic design.
Rub your favorite seasonal spices on the inside of the pumpkin top: try cinnamon, nutmeg, or allspice. You can press some cloves or star anise in the top as well, or rub on some fresh vanilla bean. (Don't use vanilla extract—the candle flame may ignite the alcohol.)
Place a beeswax tea light candle in the bottom of the pumpkin. Light and let burn. (And never leave a burning candle unattended!)
Alternatively, you could carve a jack-o-lantern which is what I do.
Presentation: You can use a punpkin maybe 5-6 inches high surrounded with gourds and other fall things like leaves, pine cones, nuts, ect as a mantle centerpiece

About this Recipe

Course/Dish: Candles
Other Tags: Quick & Easy, Healthy

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Stormy Stewart karlyn255
Mar 29, 2012
lol! you are so funny Pat.
Pat Duran kitchenchatter
Mar 28, 2012
Great idea you crafty little imp! Love the idea.
Cheryl Chavez cheryllynnchavez
Nov 17, 2011
Sounds pretty!
Stormy Stewart karlyn255
Nov 17, 2011
with just the tree lights and a glow coming from the pumpkin in the middle of a setting it is very romantic.
Cheryl Chavez cheryllynnchavez
Nov 17, 2011
That sounds like a good idea!!! I have a fall decoration with leaves, etc.