A Christian Pumpkin Windsock Craft – FREE Printable!

I’m always looking for ways to redeem Halloween.

Jack-O-Lanterns have an unfortunate back story, but we serve a God who is in the business of bringing to light what the enemy likes to keep in darkness.

So when I saw this cute idea on Pinterest, I couldn’t resist making my own version to celebrate fall AND the Good News at the same time. :-)Supplies:

2 thick paper plates (got mine at Target)

Orange paint

Yellow, brown, and green construction paper

Orange, yellow, and green crepe paper

Paintbrush

Tape

Stapler and a small piece of ribbon (not shown)

Step 1 – Paint the paper plates orange.

Step 2 – Cut out 2 cross eyes, a nose, and mouth from the yellow paper.  Cut out a brown stem and green leaf.

Step 3 – Attach the pieces to the front and top of the plate using the tape (or you can use glue!).

Step 4 – Add several pieces of streamer to the bottom of the plate and then bring the two plates together with several staples.

Step 5 – Print the FREE Printable poem HERE.

Step 6 – Cut out and stick on the back of the pumpkin plates.

Step 7 – Add a small piece of ribbon to the top and hang!

Don’t forget to review the poem with your Happy Buddies – celebrating the light He has put in us through Jesus. :-)

Happy Christian Pumpkin Windsock-ing!

“But you are a chosen people, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people belonging to God, that you may declare the praises of him who called you out of darkness into his wonderful light.” 1 Peter 2:9

Christ-Centered Pumpkin Carving Poems

This year I thought it would be neat to carve a pumpkin with purpose.

Below you will find a few poems I found (I wish I knew who wrote them so that I could properly credit them…) that I think are super sweet in sharing with our Happy Buddies about The One who makes us shine.

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Pumpkin Poem #1

I am a Jack O’ Lantern
My lights will shine so bright
For I’m a Christian pumpkin
My symbols tell what’s right

My nose is like the cross
On which our Savior died
To set us free from sin
We need no longer hide

My mouth is like a fish
The whole wide world to show
That Christians live in this house
And love their Savior so!

The story starts at Christmas
My eyes are like the star
That shone on Baby Jesus
And wise men saw from far

My color, it is orange
Just like the big bright sun
That rose on Easter Day
Along with God’s own Son

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I used to use the next poem every year with my second grade class.

We’d pick a pumpkin from the patch, bring it back to our classroom, turn out the lights, and read the poem out loud while we carved.  It was so powerful and the kids loved it.

One year, a little girl was so inspired by the glowing pumpkin that she broke out into “Silent Night” right then and there!  Our little Christian pumpkin inspired spontaneous worship together.  I’ll never forget that moment.  I hope it blesses you, too!

Pumpkin Poem #2

God picks you from the patch, brings you in, and washes all of the dirt off.  Then, He cuts the top off and scoops out all of the yucky stuff.  He removes seeds of doubt, hate, greed, unforgiveness, etc.  Then, He carves a new smiling face and puts His light inside of you to shine for all the world to see.  Are you letting your light shine?  Shine for Jesus!

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I also found another pumpkin devotion that is just like the one above, but it is a bit more in depth.  You can find the article by clicking here.

I love the idea of teaching our Happy Buddies to see Jesus in everything – even pumpkins! :-)

Head to a Pumpkin Patch this weekend with your Happy Home.

Make it a very special date.  Pick up a pumpkin (don’t forget to bring a nice, big, orange one home for your neighbor), put some cider on the stove, fill the house with praise music, and carve away using one of these poems as a guide!Happy Pumpkin Carving! :-)