One of things that's grown in the garden this year has been a pumpkin plant It was a rogue seed planted by a mouse that had stolen it from our compost bin and 'planted' in one of our beds. Seeing as our garden is still a work in progress we decided to leave it in. It grew enormous and produced seven pumpkins!
So what do with a load of pumpkins? I always love the glow of the Halloween lanterns, but am not so keen on the faces particularly as we don't celebrate Halloween. Last autumn we had lots of fun decorating and painting pumpkins inspired by The Imagination Tree's Sparkly pumpkins and Little Chick has already been asking when she can paint these pumpkins. So this year I thought we could make a Cinderella pumpkin carriage lantern.
I cut off the top and hulled out the inside, the girls are a bit little to be able to help with this at the moment, but they enjoyed watching it take shape as they played around me. I also had to read the Cinderella story whilst doing it, Little Chick insisted. Shoeshine also really enjoyed squishing her fingers in the flesh and seeds and putting the lid back on the pumpkin when I turned my back!
This is the carriage, I basically did 2 windows and a door using a sharp knife. I then used a skewer to make the hole for the door handle.
Little Chick chose lots of colours of paint and we went in the garden as it was such a gorgeous afternoon.
She got busy painting.
She really enjoyed doing this and it kept her busy for ages, choosing her next colour, choosing where to paint etc. As you can see from the picture there is one sparkle on the top and she would not be persuaded to add any more! A minimalist in the making?
And her finished decorated Cinderella carriage.
Whilst she was painting I made some wheels out of cardboard, drawing round a yoghurt pot, cutting them out and painting them. I then fixed them to the carriage with two large paper clips that I had unbent. One bit was stuck to the back of the wheel with sticky tape and the other I bent round and pushed into the pumpkin and inside the pumpkin I bent it 90 degrees to stop them falling out.
Perfect for Cinderella!
After tea when it was starting to get dark it was time to light it up. I used two tea lights, although had I had some, I would have used the LED tea lights you can get so she could play with it. It looked lovely glowing away, although I think Little Chick really wanted to play with it, so might have to get some LED lights.
This was a great way to have fun with pumpkin lanterns. It would also make a great centre piece for an autumn girls princess birthday party or something.