How to Make a Cinderella Carriage Pumpkin
Halloween can be a spooky time of year, so why not say Goodbye to BOO and say Hello to Bibbidi-Bobbidi-BOO? Infuse a bit of fairytale magic into the season with a Cinderella Carriage Pumpkin you can cherish all year round!
I love fairytales and I love glitter. Therefore, when I saw this beautiful, white ceramic pumpkin, I couldn’t resist transforming it into something magical. This Cinderella Carriage Pumpkin is perfect if you want to create something different. You don’t need to be a master craftsman; just a little bit of time and patience is all it takes!
1. Choose which side of the Cinderella Carriage Pumpkin you want to add the door to and have it facing you.
2. Take a piece of the clay and roll it into a ball. You want the ball to be about 1.5″ across, therefore add or remove clay until it’s the right size.
3. Flatten the ball slightly so you have a fat disc shape. Squash the top edge until you end up with a ‘D’ shape – this will be the door of the carriage.
4. Figure out where you want the door to sit on the pumpkin. (I’d recommend that the bottom of it be no lower than 1″ from the bottom of the pumpkin.) Gently press the door onto the pumpkin with flat side facing the top. The clay will stick to the ceramic without needing glue.
5. Push any raised edges into the grooves of the pumpkin. Ensure you’re happy with the shape of the door before moving on.
6. Make another ball of clay the same size as before, and roll into a rough sausage about 3″ long.
7. Flatten the sausage out with the palm of your hand, spreading it out vertically and horizontally. You’re looking for a thin, rectangular sheet of clay about 1-2mm thick. Be careful not to make it so thin it separates.
8. Use a butter knife to cut the rectangle in half.
9. Gently take one half of the rectangle. While keeping the longest side vertical, begin to concertina fold it up. Pinch together the highest point for the top of the curtain. Repeat for the other curtain.
10. Lay your curtains on the pumpkin so the bottom of them slightly overlaps the door. Press down at the top to ensure they’re stuck well.
11. Make 3 balls of clay approx 1″ each. Roll each ball into a long thin rope of clay about 1/2cm thick.
12. Gently twist the 3 ropes together to create a frame for the door.
13. Lay the twisted rope around the edges of the door and curtains. Start at the top and finish at the top, pinching off any excess while pressing gently.
14. Make 3 small diamond shapes approx 1-1.5cm long and press onto the top of the rope frame. This will add a nice finishing touch and hides where the frame is joined.
15. Alternatively, you can add detail to the carriage door by pressing a butter knife into it to create a groove or a tiny door handle.
16. Once the clay is dry, paint the pumpkin, carriage door and frame silver. It might need 2 coats. Remember to wash your brushes with water between uses, as once acrylic dries it won’t come off.
17. Using the black acrylic, paint the blank space between the curtains
18. Using the blue acrylic (I mixed a bit of silver into mine for extra shimmer) paint the curtains. It’s okay if you accidentally make a mistake – the beauty of acrylic is that once it dries, you can paint over it.
19. Paint the stem of the pumpkin with the blue acrylic.
20. Start with the end of the wire and begin winding it into a loose spiral. You can make the wheels as big or as small as you’d like!
21. After you’ve made the first spiral, run the wire along the bottom of the pumpkin underneath the door, and then up again to start the other wheel. In contrast, you’re winding the wire inwards this time. Once you’re happy with the size of your second wheel, snip the set of wheels away from the rest of the wire. (You probably need pliers for this.)
22. Sit your set of wheels against the pumpkin where the wire runs along underneath the carriage door. Press it into the grooves of the pumpkin, because this will help when you come to glue them on.
23. Repeat the wheel process for the other side of the carriage.
24. Use a paintbrush to apply Mod Podge to the diamond shapes on the door of the carriage and sprinkle the blue glitter onto them. Shake off any excess. Additionally, you can do the same to the carriage door handle or the groove in the door if you so chose to add one.
25. Use the Paintbrush and Mod Podge to paint a ‘drippy’ pattern on the pumpkin and sprinkle on the silver glitter. Work on one section at a time, because you don’t want the glue to dry before you get to the glitter.
26. Finally, once the glue has dried and the glitter is set in place, use the glue gun to stick the wheels to your carriage.
27. Furthermore, as an optional extra step, wind the wire around a pencil in order to create a curly bit for the top. Bend the wire around the stalk and use the glue gun to fix into place.