Most all kids and even adults love miniature furniture and fairy-garden items.  The whole idea of a tiny little world is intriguing, like the Lilliputians, and they’re fun to play with. 

To make this pumpkin village, craft pumpkins were used so the project would last longer. 

Step 1

Draw Design and Cut

Craft pumpkins are very easy to carve using a utility or craft knife.  Light pencil the outline of the windows then use a sharp blade in a utility or craft knife to cut out the shape.  

Step 2

Add a Door

Trace the shape of the door using a pencil onto the pumpkin.  We used store-bought doors because we couldn’t find pieces of wood in the right shape. Because of the curve of the door and the curve of the pumpkin, it was easier to raise the door up a few inches from the bottom of the pumpkin, and design-wise it gave us an opportunity to add porches to the pumpkins.  

Step 3

Add Muntins Bars to Window

For the windows, snap off twigs to the right size and wedge them into the windows. Make them as snug as possible and add a little hot glue to keep them in place. 

Step 4

Build the Porch

To make the porches, cut dowels to the right height. Then cut the balsa wood to size. Cut the back of the wood to mimic the curve of the pumpkin. Use hot glue to attach the dowels to the wood and then to the pumpkin and ground surface. 

Step 5

Add Steps, Accessorize and Landscape

Choose a material to use for stairs leading up to the porch.  Broken terra cotta tile was a good proportion for this pumpkin porch. 

Make your pumpkin village green with plants and moss (real or faux). Then add some life to your village with fairies, gnomes and flamingos. 

Step 6

Make a Fire Pit

To make a fire pit, you’ll need a walnut shell and some yellow, orange or red feathers.  If you have yellow feathers, dip them in red and orange craft paint.  If you have red feathers, use yellow and orange paint, and so forth, just so you get a variation of color for the flames. When the paint has dried, add a dab of hot glue the tips and insert them into the holes of the walnut shell.