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October 8, 2011

“Every man’s life is a fairy tale written by God’s fingers.” ~ Hans Christian Andersen

I wanted to make something extra special for the Princesses in my life—Amanda, Emily, Arianna and Alexandra.


I had: 1 pumpkin

4 white guards aka mini-pumpkins

2 dowel rods, cut to the diameter of the pumpkin

Heavy gauge florist wire

3 ornate scrap book frames

1 ornate charm

Drill fitted with 1/4 inch bit

4 ornate buttons

Carving knife

Glue ( I have Elmer’s pictured here, but after many frustrating attempts, I resorted to using a glue gun & glue sticks)

Pumpkin Windows

First, I arranged the frames on the pumpkin, creating a door with a window on each side. I traced and cut inside each, creating openings and glued the frames around them. I cut the stem, making it flush to the pumpkin flesh and glued the charm in place.


Gourd Wheels

Next, I drilled a hole through the center of each gourd and created an axle by inserting a dowel rod into the holes of two gourds. Secure them with glue and repeat to create another set. Glue an ornate button on the outside center hole of each gourd. These are the hubcaps! Now line up the two sets of wheels side by side, the same width as the pumpkin. Connect them by wrapping wire from one dowel rod to the other, securing the axles together and creating a hammock to rest the pumpkin on.


Lastly, I held my breath and said a prayer that it wouldn’t collapse as I gently placed the pumpkin upon the wire.

Pumpkin Carriage

Salagadoola mechicka boola bibbidi-bobbidi-boo

Put ’em together and what have you got


Salagadoola mechicka boola bibbidi-bobbidi-boo

It’ll do magic believe it or not


Mouse and Carriage

Mouse and Carriage

Mouse and Carriage Closeup

Mouse and Princess Carriage

Mouse and Princess Carriage

Original concept: Hallmark Magazine, October, 2008


Linking to:

Women Living Well

My Romantic Home

Laurie Anna’s Vintage Home

The Charm of Home

At the Picket Fence

Decor to Adore

Thrifty Decor Chick

The Shabby Nest

Addicted 2 Decorating

Between Naps On the Porch

DIY Showoff

Home Stories of A 2 Z

The Project Queen

48 Comments leave one →
  1. October 8, 2011 10:25 am

    Oh, how cute! I love how you put it in the garden with the mouse. I think I need to have a moment and remember the story. Thanks for a refresher.

  2. October 8, 2011 10:28 am

    What a delightful fairytale autumn decoration, Deborah! It makes me smile. 🙂 (And I thought this post–based on the title alone–was going to be about you getting a new car since your Camry died!)

    Take care,

  3. October 8, 2011 11:05 am

    That is undoubtedly the cutest thing I’ve seen all season long! 🙂 LOVE it!
    Hope you’re well…I love ya much!
    Me 🙂

  4. October 8, 2011 11:07 am

    OMG! Is that ever cute! I came here thinking you got a new car and wanted to drool over it. Not disappointed though. This is definitely drool worthy! How stinking cute is that? I have got to do this! Jeffrey! Get my glue gun! Mama’s making a carriage!

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    October 8, 2011 11:09 am

    I love it! How imaginative and it turned out so well. I bet your Princesses love it too.


  6. October 8, 2011 11:15 am

    Adorable! I posted this on the A2D Facebook page.

  7. ain't for city gals permalink
    October 8, 2011 11:18 am

    I believe…I believe…

  8. October 8, 2011 11:27 am

    Deborah this is just too cute. What a lovely idea, I hope Cinderella gets to the ball on time.

  9. 'D' permalink
    October 8, 2011 11:32 am


    I haven’t done much about fall decorations yet, I’m still deadheading Impatients and cleaning up my six hanging Ferns to bring inside for the winter. I don’t know where I’m going with nine hanging plants, but they look too good to just let them die outside. The Impatients look better now then they did all summer.

    I’m sure all of those little Princesses will love the Pumpkin Coach, it’s a great project.

    Thanks for sharing.

  10. October 8, 2011 11:37 am

    This is one of the most adorable AND SWEETEST things I have ever seen.
    WOW, Deborah…you are one LUCKY girl!
    I think this just put a smile on my face for the rest of the day…
    Have a wonderful weekend!
    Bilancia Designs

  11. October 8, 2011 1:30 pm


  12. October 8, 2011 2:48 pm

    OMG….I pinned this so fast it left the wheels on the coach spinning!! How cute is this. I must have one for myself. I must make one for our Thanksgiving centerpiece. Now all I need to find is a glass slipper. Fabulous! Thank you for sharing.

  13. October 8, 2011 4:18 pm

    Oh my goodness! That is amazing! I bet the princesses loved it.

  14. October 8, 2011 4:55 pm

    Oh! You go girl!!! This is really really cute!! Love the door!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  15. October 8, 2011 5:53 pm

    That’s freakin’ adorable!

  16. October 8, 2011 7:36 pm

    That is just seriously darling!! It has to be one of the most unique and creative ways I have ever seen a pumpkin dressed up and I’m beyond impressed. Thank you so much for sharing your talent with us at Inspiration Friday this week!

  17. Kathy permalink
    October 8, 2011 8:39 pm

    That is wonderful I love the idea. I hate I missed it in the magazine. Your setting is just perfect for the carriage. Thanks for sharing. Kathy

  18. October 9, 2011 2:07 am

    That is the cutest!! Makes me wanna watch Cinderella again. You are so creative


  19. October 9, 2011 10:51 am

    Deborah, I love it, too adorable!! I really have not seen anything like this magic carriage!

    I would love your thoughts on my Autumn decor so far, oh and I have a new giveaway!


    Art by Karena

  20. October 9, 2011 11:50 am

    Love it! Also the glass slipper!

  21. October 9, 2011 2:36 pm

    Deborah, how clever & cute this is!! Took me right back to Cinderella & loving that movie. You are so fun to do this. Totally adorable for the season. xoxo

  22. October 9, 2011 3:13 pm

    Oh my! How darling is this, Deborah?! I would have never in a million years thought to do this, not to mention figure out *how*! I love the little windows, the door, and other decorative elements… and the glass slipper is the perfect touch! Wonderful job 🙂 I can’t wait to see what you come up with next!

  23. October 9, 2011 7:21 pm


  24. October 9, 2011 7:24 pm

    WOW, that came out great!
    I’m slowly working on a 100 page hard copy, 4×6 inch photo scrap book album for Sam and Daisy. China blocks just about everything on the internet. Each photo page I can slip out, so if I ever finish it, I can scan it back in electronically!

  25. October 9, 2011 10:35 pm

    Ohmygosh that is SO SO SO cute!!!!! What a glorious idea for a pumpkin =) Usually everyone goes for a scary or silly look… this is just precious =)

  26. October 9, 2011 10:45 pm

    Now that is the cutest pumpkin idea! It turned out so great and the little mouse and glass slipper are perfect with it! Big thumbs up!

  27. October 10, 2011 2:11 am

    Okay, this is just tooooo cute!!
    So creative!!


  28. October 10, 2011 6:41 am

    How magical!

  29. October 10, 2011 11:41 am

    How so cute! Love it!!

  30. October 10, 2011 11:47 am

    Wow..That Cinderella pumpkin is the best project. Love the details and the tutorial.
    Your added touches with the mouse and glass slipper is perfection. Love it all!

  31. October 11, 2011 5:26 pm

    I remember seeing a similar carriage and wanting it SO bad. Of course you’ve reignited the fever. The only problem is in 100 degree weather it would last half a day.

    Bibbidi Bobidi but mostly BOOO! 🙂

  32. October 12, 2011 8:07 am

    Oh my stars and whiskers! What an adorable Cinderella coach! Deborah, it is perfection.

    The comment above mine mentioned having it last in hot weather — I think there’s a solution to that. Instead of cutting through the pumpkin for the windows and door, permanent-marker black rectangles inside the applied frames — it might help the pumpkin last longer if its skin isn’t broken, and the general idea is the same.

    Of course there’s still the skewered little punkins!

    This is SO cute.
    I have a gorgeous red Cinderella pumpkin on my kitchen counter, and it’s looking back at me nervously ….

  33. Anonymous permalink
    October 12, 2011 8:31 am

    How cute and creative is that! Totally love it!!

  34. October 12, 2011 9:13 am

    Magical! How I wish my little granddaughters lived closer so we could do something like this together! 🙂

    To answer your question – yes the transfer did fade a little. I washed it in hot water – so perhaps COLD water would be best?

    Wishing you a lovely day, Deborah!

  35. October 12, 2011 8:21 pm

    How cute this is! I love the little mouse! Thank you for linking up with Home Sweet Home!

  36. October 13, 2011 6:50 am

    You asked if I’d seen this post. I did and thought I’d commented. I guess the comment didn’t go through for some reason. Anyway, the coach is absolutely adorable! I’m sure our little girlie would love it. I’m headed to their house today for her birthday this weekend. The theme is ‘Fancy Nancy.’

  37. October 13, 2011 4:34 pm

    This is so amazing!! My favorite part is the key on top 🙂

  38. October 15, 2011 2:45 am

    That is so adorable! Love it!!

    Have a great weekend,

  39. Beth@A2Z permalink
    October 16, 2011 9:52 pm

    I love it! So incredibly cute!

  40. October 17, 2011 6:54 pm

    This is seriously adorable and you’ve inspired me to try to make one of my own. Also, I hope you don’t mind, but I pinned this for reference. Awesome work! 🙂

  41. October 17, 2011 7:43 pm

    Holy cow! This is the coolest pumpkin ever!

  42. October 17, 2011 8:01 pm

    I must make this. For me. For my girls.
    found you via the Stories of A to Z.

  43. October 18, 2011 10:26 am

    This is so DARN cute! I LOVE IT if you would share this at my link party going on at Project Queen!
    I’m new to your blog and so glad I wondered over here…. I’m a new follower.

  44. October 18, 2011 1:51 pm

    So unique & adorable! Love the frame & mini pumpkin wheel detail!

    -caroline @ c.w.frosting

  45. October 19, 2011 6:06 pm

    Are you kiddin’ me….that’s the cutest thing ever!

    You had asked about the size of my room…it’s 11×12 and for storage…well, we don’t keep much clothes and stick everything else in window box seats, crates and baskets. Luckily I really don’t like to have too much stuff so the extras that I do have I can easily hide ;o)

  46. October 25, 2011 12:13 am

    Hi Deborah – wanted to let you know that I featured your ADORABLE Cinderella Pumpkin at Project Queen’s #5 Link Party Highlights. Hope you come back this week!

  47. October 25, 2011 6:23 am

    OMGosh I love this…it is simply adorable! How very clever!! Found you at Project Queen!
    Barbara from 21 Rosemary…

  48. October 31, 2011 10:02 pm

    That is just darling!

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