Thanksgiving is just around the corner guys! It's always a bittersweet time of year. It signals the end of my favorite season of the year, but of course kicks off the holiday season. I love our families traditions, and something I enjoy every year is coming up with fun decor for the dinner table (when we host at our house). I came up with this project after arranging some flowers inside a pumpkin. I figured, hey, if you can put flowers in a pumpkin, why not use mini squash to create a fun Thanksgiving Centerpiece!
Here's what you'll need:
- Mini pumpkin shaped squash in a few sizes. I got mine at the grocery store.
- Taper candles (mine are from Creative Candles an awesome local business I love supporting)
- Melon baller. This is much easier to use than a spoon to scoop out the inside of your little squash.
- Optional: modeling clay, or play dough and straight pins
First cut a small hole in the top of your squash. It might be helpful to place the base of your taper candles on top of the squash and draw a circle around them so you get close to the right size hole.
Use your melon baller to clean out the inside of your squash. You don't need to get it pristine, just get the stuff out of the way so you can easily insert your candle.
If you cut your holes too big, have no fear, this is where your modeling clay or play dough comes in. Stuff some of the clay or play dough into the squash to help create a tighter fit for your candle.
If you want to layer two squash on top of each other, just stack them up, and then I inserted straight pins through the bottom of the smaller squash to secure it to the larger squash, then added my candle. Style it up with some other fun elements like feathers, leaves, wood slices, and succulents. Play around and layer the different pieces until you get the look you want. If you're feeling ambitious you could even create a whole row of squash taper candle holders down the center of your table. Wouldn't that be gorgeous!
Have fun making your own custom Thanksgiving squash centerpiece, and if you try this project out for your celebration I'd love to see your pics! Share them here or tag me on Instagram or Twitter @emmyray
xo ~ Emily