Our local farm shop was bedecked with first-season pumpkins last weekend and I couldn’t resist taking some home with me to practice on – so here’s Cinderella’s pumpkin carriage!  I think it’s probably in metamorphosis stage, caught halfway between its glittering, bejewelled magnificence and its return to lumpen fruit-hood…

I took my inspiration from this awesome Hallmark version, and added some custom flair and engineering adaptations based on the materials I had to hand.  Here’s what you’ll need to create something similar:

A handful of pumpkins and gourds.  Specifically, a large pumpkin for your carriage, four for the wheels and one if you want a coronet like mine above.

A selection of accessories like old belt buckles, buttons, doll-house furniture or twigs, plus two wooden batons to form your chassis carriage.  I repurposed my fairy door, chopped the end off an old belt and used the leftover piece of staircase from this project, but you can customise with whatever you have to hand.  Use gold paint to cover anything that’s not blinging enough for the ball!

Start by using an electric drill or screwdriver (carefully!) to make holes in four of your gourds, and thread them on either end of your wooden batons.  Now you’ve got wheels 🙂

You can hot-glue brass or decorative buttons to the front of your gourds to make sparkling hub caps!

Carve out your large pumpkin and the smallest gourd.  You can do this the night before and store in the fridge (don’t judge me for the fact that my fridge appears to contain only vodka and cabbages).

Having measured the size of your planned door and window frames, carve out holes for them in the front of your pumpkin and either push them into place or use hot glue to secure them.

I wound my ‘coronet’ gourd with golden braid and placed it over the stalk of the pumpkin carriage, and I also covered the entrance to the door with a piece of tissue paper to obscure the inside.  I used battery t-lights to light up the inside of the carriage.

For the final scene, I accessorised with my felt mice!

Have a wonderful weekend, wherever you are and whatever you’re doing.  Take great care.