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Tutorial: Fairy Pumpkin Village

Tutorial: Fairy Pumpkin Village

 

In this magical tutorial I'll show how I made my fairy pumpkin village for Halloween with carved pumpkin fairy houses on a mossy cobblestone street.  It's a wonderful display for a dark corner on a porch, or a side table in the living room.  You can make it as complex as you like, adding special details to make the village your own.  I had imagined a fairy family had moved into a pumpkin patch for the season so that they could harvest the seeds for food.  With pumpkin fairy houses arranged in sort of a "cul de sac" on a little mossy street, their little village would be safe and cozy.

Supplies:

  • Pumpkins for carving
  • Serrated knife and spoon
  • Heavy duty scissors
  • Big bag of moss
  • Collected stones, skinny twigs, leaves, acorns, etc.
  • LED tealight candles
  • Fairy garden furniture or miniatures

Step 1: Select a group of pumpkins for carving.  I chose 7 smaller-sized pumpkins, simply to cut down on the amount of "guts" I'd have to deal with, and also because small things are cute! Step 2: Empty the contents of each pumpkin, and scrape the insides smooth.  I chose to cut a plug out of the bottoms of my pumpkins so that the tops remained tidy.  I was thinking the stems would serve as "chimneys," and so I thought it looked nice to leave the tops whole.

Tutorial: Fairy Pumpkin Village

 

Step 3: The carving is actually quite simple.  Each pumpkin needs a door, and a window or two.  I made some with arched doorways, round doorways, and one with a teardrop shaped doorway. Step 4: Use heavy duty scissors to snip short lengths of twigs to make crossbars for the windows.  You can just sort of wedge them into place. Step 5: Find a location to set up your village.  It would be magical in the front yard, or on the porch where it will delight the trick-or-treators!  I made mine an indoor display. Arrange the pumpkins in a row or U-shape.  Fill in the "yard" with moss. One larger bag of moss did the trick for me.

Tutorial: Fairy Pumpkin Village

Step 6: Use stones to make a street, and then run some stepping stones up to the doors of each house.  A couple stacked stones will make nice steps. Step 7: Add miniatures to make the village your own.  I used a miniature wheelbarrow filled with pumpkin seeds, a couple spun cotton mushrooms, and hung a twig and twine ladder out of an upper window.  Place LED candles in each house, and light it up!

Tutorial: Fairy Pumpkin Village

There it is!  A magical little fairy pumpkin village.

Tutorial: Fairy Pumpkin Village Tutorial: Fairy Pumpkin Village

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Tutorial: Fairy Pumpkin Village

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Tutorial: Fairy Pumpkin Village

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