SQUASH TEALIGHT HOLDERS
This seasonal idea is perfect for a rustic table setting or for Halloween decorations
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.
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