Carved Pumpkin Air Freshener

We are so over commercial air fresheners and their blanket of perfumy toxins, and we’re having some serious doubts about mass-made scented candles too. But now the house smells like dogs. This autumn we are going for the old stand-bys like simmering potpourri, but also came across a sweet idea that uses hollowed-out pumpkins to create aromatic pumpkin candles. They are seasonal, safe and delicious smelling, with the added bonus of being wonderfully decorative. Learn how to make them here.

Although we’re pretty sure Martha Stewart’s house does absolutely not smell like dogs, she does provide a pretty cute pumpkin pie potpourri idea on her web site. We have expanded on that idea and are happy to have another natural and non-toxic alternative to commercial air fresheners. So, thank you to the craft mavens over at MS.

It’s a pretty simple project—if you’ve carved a pumpkin before, you have all the expertise you need:

1. Cut off the top of a medium pumpkin, clean the interior and top. (See How to Roast Pumpkin Seeds for a healthy snack)

2. Cut holes in the sides to vent. Use an apple corer. You can place the holes randomly for a mod look, or symmetrically for a more classic design. Alternatively, you could carve a jack-o-lantern.

3. Rub your favorite seasonal spices on the inside of the pumpkin top. Try cinnamon, nutmeg or allspice. You can press some cloves or star anise in the top as well, or rub on some fresh vanilla bean. (Don’t use vanilla extract—the candle flame may ignite the alcohol.)

4. Place a beeswax tea light candle in the bottom of the pumpkin.
Light and let burn. (And never leave a burning candle unattended!)

For another great pumpkin idea try our Floating Pumpkin Candles

For great all-natural autumn air scents, read Sweet Autumn Air Fresheners.

By Melissa Breyer, Producer, Care2 Green Living


William C
William Cabout a year ago


W. C
W. Cabout a year ago

Thank you.

Sonia M

Nice idea thanks for sharing

Vita Pagh
Vita P5 years ago

Thanks for tips.

Veronique L.
Veronique L6 years ago

Thank you very much!

Heidi H.
Past Member 6 years ago

A very good idea. Thank you.

Elisabeth T.
Elisabeth T6 years ago

Great idea...thanks so much!!

Michele Wilkinson

Thank you

Karen Martinez
Karen Martinez6 years ago

It will smell better than burned pumpkin top--that's for sure!

Alicia N.
Alicia N6 years ago

THANKS- loved it!