This Cinderella carriage pumpkin has to be my favorite Halloween decoration ever! It’s the perfect combination of simple and awesome. My cousin, Melissa, made this (we’re going to make one, too!) and she agreed to share how!
We carved pumpkins this past weekend, which is always something I look forward to. I’ve definitely perfected a technique over the years, but I tend to keep carving pretty simple. I don’t have several hours to devote to careful carving and I like to get the kids involved in designing the pumpkins and being a part of the process (Sofi even helped clean the pumpkins this year. She thought it was very slimy and gross. Not in a good way.) But that doesn’t mean I don’t like creativity. So this year, in true modern-day parenting fashion, I stole a cute idea from the intern – a Cinderella Princess Carriage. Not only is the carriage super cute, it’s also ridiculously easy. (Unless you look it up on Pinterest. Do yourself a favor and do not look it up on Pinterest.) We’re talking a couple circles and a handful of squares. Perfect for even a pumpkin carving novice!Carolyn asked me to write up the post after the fact. And I’m pretty terrible at taking photos anyway so I don’t have any to accompany the step-by-step of making the Cinderella carriage. Luckily it’s not complicated.
How to Carve a Cinderella Carriage Pumpkin
Step 1: Pick a nice round pumpkin, cut it open and clean out the seeds and pulp. I used a large metal ice cream scope this year and it worked great.
Step 2: Draw a large circle in the middle of the pumpkin with a washable marker. This is the carriage “door”. Draw two square windows (or circle or oval, whatever) on either side. Use a sharp paring knife to cut everything out.
Step 3: Repeat Step 2 on the other side.
Step 4: Make some wheels. I used the leftover pieces of pumpkin from cutting out the windows. I just cut them into circles. But I actually think they are pretty dinky and should be bigger. Next time I may just use cardboard or something so that the size is a better ratio. But use what you’ve got. Our dinky wheels are just fine for now.
Step 5: Attach the wheels. I used a wooden skewer and broke it into four pieces. I inserted one side into the back of the wheel and the other into the pumpkin.
Step 6: Have your child find a small doll to sit inside. I used another left over piece to prop our doll up since my daughter picked one that doesn’t bend at the waist.
Step 7: Put your pumpkin out on the front porch and let all your neighbors tell you how cute it is! For extra points, take an adorable photo of your kids sitting next to it and post it on Facebook for even more praise. That’s actually how I got roped into this guest post! Ha!
There are lots of ways to make this carving project more elaborate depending on your time, available materials, and the interest (and attention span) of your children. You could paint the carriage, hot glue some curtains to the door, attach a horse and harness to the front, etc. Let your imagination go wild.
It’s been a while since I wrote a guest post for The Pleasantest Thing. I still live in Maryland and work in International Development in Washington DC. But now I have two children, adding another baby girl to the family eight months ago! Hence my lack of time for guest posts. Thanks for letting me share Carolyn!