DIY Pumpkin Fairy House
Erin Dean

Kids love creating fairy gardens. Assembling the small pieces in the summer garden provides loads of entertainment for the kids. Just because it is fall, doesn’t mean you have to pack up all of your fairy garden materials. Keep the fairy garden tradition going in the fall with a fun pumpkin fairy house. Erin Dean of the Usual Mayhem has simple steps to create your own pumpkin fairy house.

First, we decided what sort of look we wanted and I sketched a rough shape with a pen.  I cut out the pieces and we all scooped the pumpkin seeds. The chickens and ducks at my house were delighted to get all the pumpkin guts and pieces of the shell.

My husband used pushpins to attach tiny LED lights on a string around the inside of the rim. This was the hardest part because they kept falling back out! My son poked guide holes into each window with a toothpick. He then used twigs to make window frames, pushing them into the guide holes.

Keep the fairy garden tradition going in the fall with a fun pumpkin fairy house.

I cut a sheer mesh bag I had in half and we used pushpins to attach them as “curtains” in the lower windows. my son hot glued the lid of the pumpkin and pushed dried moss all over it for a roof.

The boys found a milkweed pod and split in half, then they glued the halves under the lower windows as garden boxes.

After we hot glued some moss on, we glued in some tiny fake flowers. We worked together to make a popsicle stick door, then my son hot glued moss on and glued the door in place.

We tried to leave some small gaps in the door for the lights to shine through.

Keep the fairy garden tradition going in the fall with a fun pumpkin fairy house.

The last couple of days, the pumpkin fairy house keeps moving mysteriously to different locations around our property. My sons are having a great time locating it each time and reporting back with glee. We may just have to make this an annual tradition!


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Erin is a mother of three, a homesteader, and a homeschooler. She has many projects on the go but is easily distracted by shiny things. Her home may reflect this trait! Visit her blog, The Usual Mayhem, to see posts about nature study, homeschooling, family, small farming and all the chaos that go along with them.