We love making fairy houses. My girls have made many fairy houses over the years. When we visit parks we like to leave houses, built from twigs and leaves, behind. Every spring we build fairy houses for our garden. This fall I thought it might be fun to build a fairy house jack-o-lantern. After all, fairies need a place to rest on Halloween night. These fairy house jack-o-lanterns are a super cute Halloween craft for kids – tweens and teens – to make.
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How to Make a Pumpkin Jack O’Lantern
With a little planning, we transformed a little pumpkin into a beautiful home – fit for any fairy to enjoy. I started off opening the pumpkin and emptying the pumpkin. I cut out a circle from the bottom of the pumpkin and emptied the seeds and pulp from the bottom of the pumpkin. This was my first time trying this technique and it was a very easy way to empty the pumpkin. Once emptied, we got to work drawing our fairy house plan on the pumpkin.
We used a pencil to draw our windows and door on the pumpkin. And, then I did the carving. I used a basic pumpkin carving kit to do all of the carvings. While I let my daughter help with the cleaning and the design, when it comes to operating the knives, I took over. Be sure to supervise young children around pumpkin carving knives – they may look cute, but they are quite sharp and accidents could happen.
I used the piece of pumpkin that we cut away for the door to create the staircase at the entrance. To make the window sills, I simply carved off only the skin of the pumpkin. This leaves behind the flesh of the pumpkin – creating the two-tone look of the window frames.
When we were done with the carving we set in a battery-operated votive candle inside the jack o’ lantern and we were done. I love using battery powered candles in jack-o-lanterns – this way you don’t need to worry about the pumpkin burning. Especially since we didn’t cut an opening on the top of the pumpkin. If you don’t have a battery-powered candle, be sure to cut the top off your jack o’ lantern.
We set our fairy house outside in our garden, near our front porch. We wanted it to be in a location where people could easily see it.
I love how the fairy house jack-o-lantern looks tucked into the fall foliage. We even tried making even smaller pumpkin fairy houses with the smaller gourd sized pumpkins we had. Check out the flowers we added to the fairy window boxes.
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