Friday, October 22, 2010

Pumpkin Coach

I made this coach for a pumpkin carving contest. Proceeds were donated to the United Way (it cost $5 to enter the contest). I won second place. Here's how I made it.

  • 1 pumpkin, as round as possible
  • a pen or marker to draw on the pumpkin
  • knife and tools to clean and carve the pumpkin
  • a toy horse (this one is a Bratz Dolls horse)
  • craft paint ( blue and metallic silver)
  • paint brush
  • ribbon
  • 2 small photo frames for windows
  • craft feathers
  • hot glue gun and glue sticks
  • crystal paperweight (turned upside down)
  • spokes and wheels (I used plastic parts that are used for store displays)
  • Optional: Princess Doll
  • Optional: light source (candle, small flashlight, flameless candle, etc)

Step one: Turn the pumpkin upside down. Draw the shapes of a lid, two windows and a door. I made the door oval, but it can be any shape you like. I used the frames as guides for the shape of the window, I traced around the frame opening. When you are happy with the layout, carve out a lid and hollow out the pumpkin. Carve out the windows and door.

Step two:
Paint the pumpkin, including the lid. Acrylic craft paint works, but spray paint is faster. Multiple coats may be needed. I added some metallic silver paint along the ridges of the pumpkin as higlights.

Step three: Hot glue the feathers to the underside of the lid. Hot glue the small frames to the windows. I outlined the door with white ribbon trim and added a small scrapbooking doodad to the top of the door. The crystal I used for the top of the coach had a pointed bit on the top, so I turned it upside down and carved a little hole to sit it into. I hot glued it into place.

Step four: Make some wheels. This is the trickiest part of the whole project-how to get the pumpkin to sit on the wheels. I don't have a picture of the construction, but I made a sort of webbing with ribbon. I tied ribbons around the spokes of the wheels to form a sort of basket for the pumpkin to sit on. It took quite a bit of fiddling and trial and error to get it right. You could also use the wheels meant for toy cars- hobby stores usually have them. Empty spools of thread and wooden dowels might also work. The pieces I used are black pastic. I painted them silver, you can see from the picture the paint didn't quite stick. I then drew the spokes on the wheels with a black marker.

Step five:
Attach the horse. I used some white ribbon, and simply attached one end to the saddle that came with the toy, and the other end to the spokes of the wheels.

If I was going to make this project again, I would buy the horse first. As you can see, the scale is totally wrong. That horse is a giant! I would also buy some model car wheels that I could poke into the pumpkin itself. The ribbon contraption worked, but it required alot of fiddling and didn't look as nice as I wanted.

But all in all, it worked out quite well.


  1. very creative and certainly a favourite with girls of all ages :)

  2. omg, i just love what you have done with the pumpkin, simply amazing...

  3. Nemo pics please....

  4. Very nice detail... excellent artisan style pumpkin!