Pumpkin Putka Pod Light

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Have you seen putka pods yet? These dried fruit pods look like tiny little pumpkins and are trending in fall home décor this year. Sure, you could use them as filler in vases or candle holders but that’s what’s everyone else is doing with them.

Instead, make a glowy Pumpkin Putka Pod Light!

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Putka pods – lots of them!

A hot glue gun, cinnamon sticks, twine, spray paint, a drop cloth, and a globe light fixture

An extension cord, wire connectors, wire strippers, and an LED bulb – ensure you use an LED bulb so the globe doesn’t heat up. I’m using this flaming effect bulb for a candlelight effect.

Start by hot gluing a row of putka pods along the bottom of the globe. Leave the base of the fixture attached so you don’t glue too low on the globe.  

Continue gluing pods next to each other as you work your way up. There will be gaps between the pods and that’s ok for now.  

When you get close to the top of the globe, glue three cinnamon sticks together and tie with the twine.  

Glue to the very top of the globe.  

Then finish gluing the first layer of pods right up to the sticks.

Start gluing a second layer of pods, positioning them so they cover up the gaps in the first layer.  

Continue gluing until your entire light has a second layer of pods.

Remove the base of the light fixture and stuff a bit of a paper towel into the socket. 

Spray paint over a drop cloth. I’m using Rust-Oleum’s Hammered Copper. Allow to fully dry.

Bailey and I are not certified electricians! While I’m showing our process for assembling these lights, please contact a professional electrician if you have any questions or concerns.  

Cut the receptacle end of the extension cord off with the cutter part of the wire stripper.  

Cut the center and pull to separate the two sides.  

Strip each end to expose a little bit of wire.

Look closely at the two separated wires – one is smooth and the other has bumps.  

Connect the black wire from the fixture to the smooth side and the white wire from the fixture to the bumpy side. Secure with wire connectors.  

Screw the LED bulb into the socket. Then carefully place the globe back on to the base and tighten the screws to secure.

I live in a household with no children so I can safely tuck the wires inside the base during operation. If you have small children, you can create a bottom base cover out of a piece of wood or a sturdy plastic lid. Hot glue in so the connections are not easily accessible but you can remove it later if needed.  

Always operate this light out of reach of little ones.  

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  • Janice DeLong Janice DeLong on Oct 02, 2020

    Where does one get putka pods?

  • Mary Mary on Oct 01, 2021

    How many putka pods did u roughly use. I know the sizes of the globe would make a difference I was looking at the 4 cup bag. Wasn't sure if this would be enough?? Yours came out awesome !!

  • Emmawilliams1 Emmawilliams1 on Oct 02, 2021

    Couldn't this be done with battery operated lights inside eliminating the where to put near plugins? And still use the putkas?


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  • Kathy Hord Kathy Hord on Oct 01, 2021

    Love this. I have a lot of the Putka Pods. I love them in bowls. Some with teeny lights under them. I absolutely Love you and your pooch “making the phone call”. Very clever..

  • OnTheFly...DIY OnTheFly...DIY on Oct 08, 2021

    Thank you!!