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
- 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.
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.
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.