Pumpkin Pockets – FREE Printable!

Here is a fun activity to do this October that will teach your Happy Home how to encourage and bless one another with sweet notes and treats.

First you will need to print out your FREE Printable Pumpkin Pockets.

I have provided a front and back pumpkin for you – find the download at the end of this post.

Staple the pumpkins together, leaving an opening at the top.

Write your Happy Buddy’s name on the pumpkin.

Hang the pumpkin pocket on your Happy Buddy’s bedroom door, on the fridge, or wherever they can get to it easily.

Now for the fun part!

Write your Happy Buddy some sweet notes!  Get the whole family involved!  If you have more than one child, have them write notes for one another’s Pumpkin Pockets.

Feel free to throw in a little chocolate or treat, too. :-)

Place the note inside the Pumpkin Pocket.

When your Happy Buddy wakes up, he will find a happy surprise in his Pumpkin Pocket!

Don’t forget that everyone in the family needs a Pumpkin Pocket – even Mom and Dad. :-)

*Stay Tuned – Later this month I will be posting some FREE Printable Halloween Love Notes for you to put in your Happy Hubby’s Pumpkin Pocket (wink!). :-)*

Now for your download!

Click HERE for the Pumpkin Pocket Front.

Click HERE for the Pumpkin Pocket Back.

Happy Pumpkin Pocket-ing! :-)

*Come check this post out over at B-Inspired Mama’s Perfectly Pumpkin Contest!*

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

Fun Pumpkin Craft Ideas

We are all things pumpkin at our Happy Home right now.

Our church is hosting a Pumpkin Palooza event tonight and I was in charge of buying about a million of those $1 pumpkin bucket treat pail things from Target.

They are adorning our living room at the moment and the Happy Buddy and I have had the best time with all of our new friends.

I thought I’d share some of my favorite pumpkin crafts from around blog world to get you inspired to make your own!

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Smashed Peas and Carrots is one of my new favorite crafty blogs!

Yesterday she shared these adorable Tissue Paper Pumpkins and I couldn’t resist sharing them with you.

What a pretty window decoration – right next to your Fall Window Clings. :-)

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The Happy Buddy and I made one of these cute Pumpkin Popsicle Stick Puzzles the other day from Saltwater Kids.

Hours of entertainment!

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I have been seeing these Jar-o’-Lanterns from Southern Living all over the place lately!

They are sooooo easy – simply paint a mason jar with orange acrylic paint (one coat will do!), use a permanent marker to make facial features, and then pop in a battery-powered LED light.

When we put ours together, the Happy Buddy had more fun with the little battery-operated light than he did with the pumpkin jar – it’s the little things. :-)

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I am all about crazy pumpkin faces this year, so these Pumpkin Candy Guys from Jean’s Crafty Corner really rang my bell.

What a fun classroom gift!

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No Time for Flashcards is always a treasure trove for craft and toddler activity ideas.

These simple Paper Plate Pumpkins saved my neck the other night while we were waiting for the Happy Hubby to come home!

You probably have all of the craft materials on hand (high fives!).

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I saved the best for last!

Last year I did a post about my thoughts on Halloween, followed up with a post featuring some great Christian pumpkin-carving devotions.

Raising Rock Stars took it a step further by doing a craft with her Happy Buddies that shares the Gospel AND she included the FREE Printables for you!

Happy Pumpkin Craft-ing! :-)

Pumpkin Magnets

I picked this idea up from Family Fun a few years ago.

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I cut out a pumpkin shape from orange paper and then some facial features from yellow paper (I think yellow is happier than black). :-)

Then I laminated the pieces and stuck a magnet to the back.

I called the Happy Buddy into the kitchen and he got right to work.Almost done…PERFECT!

This is the greatest activity to keep your Happy Buddy’s hands busy while you are cooking dinner.

Plus, it is a mini-lesson in shapes!

Happy Pumpkin Magnet-ing! :-)

Fall Craft – Pumpkin Windsock Decoration

I just LOOOOOOVE these Pumpkin Windsocks I found over at Little Giraffes!

What a great project to do with your Happy Buddies this week as we near the end of October!  So easy, so inexpensive, and super cute!  Three of my favorite things!!!!

What you need -

  • 2 orange paper plates
  • Construction paper in black or yellow, green, and brown
  • Orange and black or yellow crepe paper
  • Tape or glue
  • Hole punch

What to do -

  • Use the black or yellow construction paper to cut out 2 sets of facial features for your pumpkin.
  • Glue or tape the facial features onto each of the orange plates.
  • Attach crepe paper to the back of one plate with tape or glue.
  • Then glue the plates together – back to back.
  • Add a brown stem, some green leaves or green curling ribbon at the top.
  • Punch a hole in the top of the plate and loop a string through so that you can hang your Pumpkin Windsock!
  • Enjoy your Pumpkin Windsock blowing in the crisp Fall breeze!

Happy Pumpkin Windsocking! :-)

If you do this activity, please, PLEASE send me the pictures!  I’d LOVE to see your creations!

Have fun with your Happy Homes!

You Are My Pumpkin Because Jar for the Happy Hubby

Some ministry friends of mine got together recently at a local Chili’s restaurant and we did this activity together for our husbands!

What we did…

First we used these super cute glass pumpkin jars that I found at Wal-Mart!!!

Besides being excellent candy corn holders, I thought they would be a great place to put some encouraging words for our Happy Hubbies.

We used some cute little pumpkin cards from ACE Educational, but you could totally just cut out some from orange construction paper, or free draw them on white paper and break out the crayons!

Then we sat down and brainstormed all of the ways in which our hubbies are our pumpkin.  We wrote on each card, “You’re my pumpkin because…” and then finished the sentence with an uplifting thought.

Here were some of my cards for my Happy Hubby…

Then we piled all of the pumpkin cards into the glass pumpkin jar and TADA!  They were ready to encourage our sweet, pumpkin husbands!

It is so important for us to encourage our men!  They need to be affirmed in their calling as leaders of our families.  They need to know that we believe in them.

An article I read recently said this, “A man tends to think of life as a competition and a battle, and he can energetically fight it out if he can come home to someone who supports him unconditionally, who will wipe his brow and tell him he can do it. As one of our close friends told me, “It’s all about whether my wife thinks I can do it. A husband can slay dragons, climb mountains, and win great victories ifhe believes his wife believes that he can.”

Our words have power to strengthen, uplift, and heal.  I hope that you will bless your pumpkin with a Happy Pumpkin Jar!  You will not regret it, I promise!

“Pleasant words are a honeycomb, sweet to the soul and healing to the bones.”  Proverbs 16:24

The Perfect Pumpkin Party

Last night was so much fun!  The Happy Hubby and I had some of our friends over for a Pumpkin Party!  This is the perfect time of year to celebrate God’s beautiful and delicious orange creations!

Here are some pictures from our event…  I hope they inspire you to have a Pumpkin Party with your family!

We ate these ADORABLE Corny Sloppy Joe Pizzas!  I found the recipe here!

Cutting Pumpkin Faces out of cheese was such a thrill!  I was also super excited because I gave Noah all the little leftover cut out pieces of cheese – it was his first time eating cheese – and he LOVED them!

The recipe I used was awesome, but I was thinking that these Pumpkin Face slices of cheese would work so great over a hamburger, too!  Just don’t forget the green pepper Pumpkin “Stem”!  I made the Happy Hubby go back to the kitchen to get his because he forgot to pick it up on his way through the food line! :-)

We also ate delicious Velvet Pumpkin Bread.  I baked it in this unbelievably magical pan that my mom gave me for Christmas last year!  If you look closely, the pan carved a whole happy little patch of pumpkins into the baked bread!  LOVE IT!

For dessert we ate these adorable little Pumpkin Spice Cookies!  See the recipe below!  You will think that these are the most delicious and cutest and easiest cookies to make EVER!

Pumpkin Spice Cookies

Ingredients -

  • 1 (18 oz) package carrot cake mix with pudding in the mix.
  • 1 cup canned pumpkin
  • 1/4 cup butter, melted
  • 1 egg
  • 1 can cream cheese icing
  • Candy corn pumpkins

Directions -

  • Mix cake mix, pumpkin, butter, and egg.  Drop dough by rounded tablespoonfuls onto greased cookie sheets.
  • Bake at 350 degrees for 12-15 minutes or until puffed and set in center.  Cool 2 minutes.  Remove to wire rack and cool 15 minutes.
  • Frost cooled cookies with icing.  Press 1 candy corn pumpkin into center of each cookie.
  • ENJOY!

Here’s what the table looked like…

I set a painted polka-dot pumpkin on top of a cake stand and then marched some little pumpkins down the table on either side.  Then I sprinkled some festive Fall confetti everywhere!  That’s the glitter-magic fun I love!

Pumpkin Party Activities –

Well, we didn’t get around to doing all the activities that I had planned for our Pumpkin Party because by the time everyone was fed and full of pumpkin-y goodness, our dear friends had to get their little one home to bed and I think that our little one was pretty much on Pumpkin Magic Overload (you can tell by his expression in the pic below)!

But we made a date with our friends to get together again this week and finish up the Pumpkin Magic.  I’m always up for a Pumpkin Party Part 2!

We’re going to…

  1. Carve Pumpkins
  2. Try to guess how many pumpkin candy corns are in the jar
  3. Watch It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown!
  4. Have a poetry reading of the poem below…

 

Pumpkin Poem

One day I found 2 pumpkin seeds.

I planted one and pulled the leaves.

It sprouted roots and a big, long vine.

A pumpkin grew – I called it mine.

The pumpkin was quite round and fat.

(I really am quite proud of that.)

But there is something I’ll admit

That has me worried just a bit.

I ate the other seed, you see.

Now will it grow inside of me?

(I’m so relieved that I have found

that pumpkins only grow in the ground!)

I hope that you’ll throw a Pumpkin Party with your Happy Home!

I’d love to hear about it – just leave a comment below!!!

Happy Pumpkin-ing!