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.
- 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.
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.
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!
There it is! A magical little fairy pumpkin village.
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