This sea­sonal idea is per­fect for a rus­tic ta­ble set­ting or for Hal­loween dec­o­ra­tions

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Gather a se­lec­tion of small squashes, choos­ing ones with a rel­a­tively flat base to en­sure they sit per­fectly on a level sur­face. Gourds are par­tic­u­larly good for this, as they have an un­usual, dis­tinc­tive knob­bly skin and are of­ten ined­i­ble. Mini pump­kins will also work. Cut off the stalk from the top of the squash. Place a tealight on the top, in the cen­tre (where the stalk would have been), and draw/mark a cir­cle around the bot­tom edge of it onto the squash. Put the tealight to one side and, us­ing a sharp knife or scalpel, care­fully cut into the squash, only go­ing as deep as the height of the tealight. If the can­dle doesn’t fit, cut away more of the squash, a lit­tle at a time, un­til it fits neatly and snugly in place. Re­peat for as many squashes as you need, then light each can­dle* when you have fin­ished. The squashes should last for sev­eral weeks in a cool, dry place.

A sim­ple make...

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