We made a pumpkin fairy house this weekend. We had such a good time doing it that I think we just may be making a few more this autumn! D,8, picked the pumpkin at the farmers’ market on Friday and carried it to the car himself, staggering all the way but insisting that it didn’t weigh much at all. I wish I’d had my camera with me.
First we decided what sort of look we wanted and I sketched a rough shape with a pen. I cut out the pieces and we all scooped the pumpkin seeds. The chickens and ducks were delighted to get all the pumpkin gloop and pieces of the shell.
My husband used pushpins to attach tiny LED lights on a string around the inside of the rim. This was the hardest part because they kept falling back out!
D poked guide holes into each window with a toothpick. He then used twigs to make window frames, pushing them into the guide holes. I cut a sheer mesh bag I had in half and we used pushpins to attach them as “curtains” in the lower windows.
D hot glued the lid of the pumpkin and pushed dried moss all over it for a roof.
The boys found a milkweed pod and split in in half, then D glued the halves under the lower windows as garden boxes. He hot glued some moss on, and we glued in some tiny fake flowers donated by my lovely friend J when she heard about our project.
We worked together to make a popsicle stick door, then D hot glued moss on and glued the door in place. We tried to leave some small gaps in the door for the lights to shine through.
The finished house in daylight:
And at night:
The last couple of days, the pumpkin fairy house keeps moving mysteriously to different locations around our property. D is having a great time locating it each time and reporting back with glee. We may just have to make this an annual tradition!