Gourd Tea Lights

Step-by-step guide for making gourd tea lights.

By Ken Druse

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Small fresh gourds can be turned into holders for tea lights. Choose a gourd that will be stable on a flat surface.

1. Using a candle carver—a tool designed to cut a tea light-size hole in fruits or vegetables—cut a shallow plug from the gourd.
2. If you don't have a candle carver, mark a circle slightly larger than the tea light on the top of the gourd and carefully cut the opening with a knife.

3. Scoop out the seeds and fiber with a spoon.
4. The gourd will be left with a shallow hole.
5. Drop the tea light in place.

Originally published in Organic Gardening Magazine, Oct/Nov 2013

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