We carved pumpkins a couple times this year already. Both times the girls chose to carve a fairy house rather than a traditional jack-o’-lantern face.
I blame Pinterest.
Maia, who was 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.
Maia’s friend Kara was over and they started 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 instead 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 easy transporting. They lined the pumpkin with an elephant ear leaf 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. Then they 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 the outside of our house looks 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.
MORE PUMPKIN FAIRY HOUSE IDEAS
- Make A Haunted Pumpkin Fairy House with pinecone petals on the roof (on HGTV).
- A pretty fairy house with a sunflower roof (on The Sated Palate).
- Use gourds and bark steps for this beautiful fairy house (on Little Goodall).
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