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November 24, 2009

5-minute Thanksgiving Centerpiece

I could not believe how easy these candles/pumpkins were to make when I saw the directions on HGTV. What a perfect last minute centerpiece for Thanksgiving. You could even use the left over lentils to fill up other vases to tie it all together!

Materials and Tools:
assortment of miniature, small and medium pumpkins, assortment of pillar candles, double-sided adhesive sheets (available at craft stores), ruler, pencil, scissors, split peas, dried lentils (various colors and sizes), and pie plates

1. Pour lentils to almost fill pie plates, one color lentil per plate.
2. Cut strips of adhesive to form the band, strips can range from one to three inches wide, depending on the size of the pumpkins. Tip: Visually, it's best if the adhesive strips cover approximately one-third of the pumpkin.
3. Remove one side of paper from the adhesive and wrap around the middle of the pumpkin. Remove the remaining paper backing. Add additional strips of adhesive until there is a continuous band around the middle of the pumpkin.
4. Roll the exposed adhesive in the lentils, pressing the lentils into the adhesive to affix. Use fingers to place additional lentils in areas where they do not completely cover the adhesive.
5. Press all lentils gently to make sure they are secure and repeat for remaining pumpkins.
6. Cut strips of adhesive that equal the height of each candle, minus two inches.
7. Wrap the adhesive around the candles in the same manner as the pumpkins, leaving an inch of candle color exposed at the top and bottom and roll the exposed adhesive into the lentils to cover.

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1 comment:

  1. I love this! Looks easy to do and yet very pretty! If I was hosting Thanksgiving this year I for sure would have tried to make some of these! Thanks!