Here’s the easy trick to turning almost any fruit or vegetable into a decorative Thanksgiving candle holder. First, pick up some beautiful fresh autumn fruit – apples are right on trend – then all you need is a simple fruit candle carver, like this one from Urban Trend with a nice ergonomic handle.
Candle carvers are easy-to-use kitchen gadgets that are specially designed to create an array of eye-catching tealight candle holders for your harvest decorations.
Just center the candle cutter over the end of the fruit (for gourds and similar veg with large stems, you can cut the stem off first by running around it with a paring knife, if you prefer) and press down firmly – then twist the handle.
The blade inside will bore a hole in your fruit of vegetable that is exactly the right size (1.5 inches in diameter) to fit a standard tealight candle.
Cut as many apples or other fruit and vegetables as you need for candleholders, then pop your basic tealight candles into the holes, and that’s all there is to it!
I used to use a round inch-and-a-half cookie cutter or a paring knife to try to cut a candle-sized hole in my apples, but it was a lot of work, hard on the hands, and really didn’t do a good job of it. By comparison, a candle carver is a breeze – it shaves off the flesh of the fruit instead of cutting a plug out, so it doesn’t require anywhere near as much effort.
If you’re planning an autumn wedding and you have apple candles in mind as a centerpiece for the tables at the reception, this is absolutely the way to go.
Get Creative with Fruit and Vegetable Candles
Apple candles are my favorite for setting a decorative Thanksgiving table or creating a rather elegant candlelight centerpiece for a grown-up Halloween party or other autumn special events, but you can use almost any fruit or vegetable that is available to you, as long as it doesn’t roll around when you set it down and it’s firm enough to hold the form of the candle-holder hole when you cut it.
Yes, you can even use this kind of candle cutter to cut a tealight-sized hole in mini-pumpkins, too – but don’t go for those rock-hard dried gourds from the craft store. What you want is the fresh mini-pumpkins from the grocery store or farmers market. If you get the kind of mini-pumpkins that are usually for sale as craft supplies or home decor items, you’ll find they have been dried and cured (to preserve them longer) which makes a very hard shell that’s hard to cut through. With the fresh pumpkins, the ones that have been harvested off the farmer’s vines this season, I have found there’s no trouble at all to cut the candle hole.
Zucchini squash can be fun, too, if you shave just a small sliver off the bottom to give them a flat surface to rest on, then cut a line of tealight holes all down the length of the squash – it’s a great use for those baseball-bat-sized overgrown zucchini we find at the end of the season.
The decorative possibilities are limited only by the fruit and vegetables you’ve got available, and by your imagination!