With October finally here, it’s time to embrace the change of the seasons — even if the weather doesn't always agree. Make your dorm or apartment feel more like fall with these do-it-yourself candle and centerpiece crafts.

Pumpkin Spice Candle

What you need:

  • Glass container
  • Soy wax chips
  • Wick and holder
  • Vanilla
  • Pumpkin pie spice
  • Crayon
  • Pencil
  • Scissors

Directions:

  1. Fill a pot with water and then place the glass container in the pot. Put the pot at medium heat on your stove. Add the wax chips to the container and allow them to melt completely. Keep an eye on your wax, as it will melt quickly.
  2. Once the wax is liquid, add a scoop of pumpkin pie spice. Add a fall colored crayon to the mix. Let it melt.
  3. Turn the heat off. Remove the container from the pot.
  4. Put the wick in the liquid wax. Wrap the rest of the wick around a pencil. Balance the pencil on top of the container to center the wick.
  5. Let the wax harden and cool.

Leaf Jar Candle Holder

What you need:

  • Canning jar
  • Mod Podge
  • Brush
  • Fake leaves

Directions:

  1. Apply a layer of Mod Podge to the inside of the jar. 
  2. Brush the leaves with Mod Podge. Place them on the inside walls of the jar. Let it dry.
  3. Apply another layer of Modge Podge if the leaves aren’t flat against the jar. Let it dry.
  4. Place a candle inside the jar.

Pumpkin Wine Glass Centerpiece

What you need:

  • Wine glass
  • Orange and brown paint
  • Brush
  • Black permanent marker

Directions:

  1. Paint the inside of the wine glass orange. Let it dry. Add more layers of orange until the glass is no longer see-through or streaky.
  2. Paint the stem of the glass brown. Let it dry.
  3. Using a permanent marker, draw a face on the orange part of the glass.
  4. Flip the wine glass upside down and put a candle on top.

Contact Sabrina Schnetzer with any comments at slschnetzer@bsu.edu.