We've been carving pumpkins a couple times already and both times the girls chose to carve a fairy house from the pumpkin rather than a traditional jack-o'-lantern face.
I blame Pinterest.
Maia, who has been very into making a fairy house and garden in our backyard this year, saw this pumpkin fairy house over my shoulder and fell in love.
The first time, Maia's friend Kara was over and they both started off by drawing faces on pumpkins in preparation for carving.
But when they decided to make a pumpkin fairy house, the pumpkins with faces were abandoned and all their attention focused on fairy doors and windows and whether ferns or leaves would make a better rug for the fairies.
Daphne continued to draw faces, while the older girls scooped pumpkin guts out of their fairy house.
Maia decided to let Kara take this fairy house home, so they set it up on a tray for ease of transporting. They lined the pumpkin with the leaf from an elephant ear and the tray with ferns and twigs.
Maia used twigs to form the window panes.
The girls made furniture and small dishes out of air dry clay and filled them (the dishes) with berries and seeds they found out in the garden.
Kara took the fairy house home and place it on her porch with her other pumpkins, but sadly the squirrels decided it was a pumpkin buffet just for them. I wasn't going to post about the pumpkin fairy houses because of that, but Maia is so into the idea that I decided to anyway.
She made another fairy house which we are keeping inside for now.
The squirrels have been particularly voracious this year, breaking into our (uncarved) pumpkins within an hour of setting them on the porch. All our pumpkins are inside now, which makes for a fun living room, but is leaving the outside of our house looking rather un-festive.
Any tips on what to do about the squirrels? This whole business is making me consider buying one of those plastic jack-o'-lanterns for the first time ever.