Decorating With Blackened Seeds

I love decorating for Halloween – it’s the only time of year when I feel like anything goes. Instead of perfection and beauty, I try to create messy-looking, creepy and slightly “off” projects for the home. It is the time of year to work with deep, moody colors and I absolutely love it.

Here’s an easy way to bring interesting color to your table and all you’ll need to do is overcook some seeds in the oven…

Blackened acorn squash seeds surround a smokey gray candle.

To create this look, preheat oven to 400 degrees, scrape seeds from squash and clean. Place seeds on a baking sheet in oven for 20-25 minutes, or until they are black.

Allow seeds to cool, pour them onto a dish and nestle a candle in the center. The seeds are inedible at this point, but their dark tones create a lovely and interesting base for a pillar candle.


  1. Susan  September 9, 2012

    Nice! I love the dish, too.

  2. catie  September 10, 2012

    no dye needed ~ just scorch ’em!