We love to carve pumpkins but with little ones in the house, it’s not always the easiest option so we have to think of alternatives. We also love fairies so a fabulous alternative was to make a non-scary and magical pumpkin fairy house…
This is an ideal activity for an artistic older child. Or it would be great to make for the children whilst they are in bed so they can discover it in the morning. Pure magic.
We started by scooping out the innards of our pumpkin and cutting off the top. (Always cut the top at an angle to prevent the lid from falling back into the hole!) Next, you need to thoroughly dry the outside and use a permanent marker pen to outline our fairy house.
I carefully cut out some windows before using acrylic paint to paint the pumpkin as a base to decorate. I also painted the roof.
Whilst we waited for it to dry we used some walnuts to make some pumpkins for our fairy garden.
Do check out our post for oodles of ideas for crafts & activities to do with walnuts, hazelnuts, acorns and conkers.
Once our walnuts were dry, we used a black permanent marker pen to draw on our pumpkin features.
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Once our pumpkin was fully dried, I used permanent marker pens to draw on the detailing: flowers, bricks and window frames. We laid the fairy house on a bed of leaves, used pine cones as trees and put our mini walnut pumpkins in the garden. We popped in some battery operated fairy lights and switched them on. It really would make a fabulous Halloween centrepiece.
How utterly awesome does it look?
Halloween is a fabulous time of the year but can be a little scary for little ones. Take a peek at our ideas for Halloween for toddlers.
You could also make a Halloween wreath for your front door!
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