How to Carve Cinderella's Pumpkin Carriage

Written by carrie tuttle
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Cinderella is one of Disney's classic and most well-known animated princesses. In a typical rags-to-riches story, Cinderella's life changes when her fairy godmother comes to her aid. She transforms Cinderella, a few mice and a pumpkin into a beautiful princess with her own carriage and coachmen, and sends them off to the ball. In the Disney version, Cinderella's godmother uses magic to change a pumpkin into a coach. Although you can't use magic to do the same, re-create the famous carriage with a large pumpkin, wire and traditional carving tools.

Skill level:
Moderately Challenging

Things you need

  • Newspaper or plastic tablecloth
  • Large pumpkin
  • Sharp knife
  • Large spoon or pumpkin scraper
  • Ballpoint pen
  • Paper towel
  • Spray window cleaner
  • Melon baller
  • Exacto knife
  • Awl or needle
  • Bracelet wire
  • Candle or light source

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  1. 1

    Cover a table with a newspaper or plastic tablecloth and place the pumpkin on top of it.

  2. 2

    Cut a circle with a 5- to 6-inch diameter around the top of the pumpkin. Remove the stem but do not throw it away. Make sure the hole is wide enough so you can comfortably reach into it. Scoop out all of the seeds, pulp and string.

  3. 3

    Use a pen to draw two large arched doors on opposite sides of the pumpkin. Wipe away the ink with a paper towel and water or window cleaner if you make a mistake.

  4. 4

    Cut out the door openings with a sharp knife, carefully following the lines. This completes the basic shape of the pumpkin carriage.

  5. 5

    Add decorative accents and creative swirls to the pumpkin using a melon baller for circles of different sizes, an Exacto knife for thin lines, and an awl or needle for small holes. Add dimension to the decorative accents by making some cuts shallow and others deep. The white colours of the decorative cuts, combined with the pumpkin's orange skin, will provide three colour tones (dark, medium and light) when you add a light source.

  6. 6

    Twist and wrap wire into circles and curlicues to represent wheels similar to those found in the Disney movie. Cut out four wagon wheels with spokes from cardboard for more traditional carriage wheels. Spray paint them with glitter paint, and let them dry.

  7. 7

    Place the pumpkin on the bed of wire wheels or attach the more traditional wheels to the pumpkin with glue or toothpicks.

  8. 8

    Insert a light source or candle in the pumpkin to illuminate the carvings, give the pumpkin a yellowish glow and make the carriage look beautiful enough for Cinderella.

Tips and warnings

  • Cut in a sawing motion if the skin is thick. Be gentle so you don't break off more skin than you want.

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