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Jack-O-Lanterns on the Fridge

Last fall I saw the idea for refrigerator pumpkins with face pieces in FamilyFun Magazine and have been anxious to recreate them ever since. It was pretty quick and easy and since the only thing we didn't have on hand was magnetic sheets ($1.50 with coupon at Joann's) it was also very cheap.

my supplies: magnetic sheets, orange & black construction paper, white pen, tacky glue
*i know they have self adhesive sheets but my Joann's didn't carry them

glued (very messily) and ready to cut

Both the boys were quite enthused when they discovered them after rest time :)

Hopefully it will keep them entertained until we carve real pumpkins. 


  1. Great idea!

  2. oh my gosh, genius! I wish I was a little kid so it'd be totally normal to play with this. Maybe I'll make it anyways... haha

    Lovely Little Rants

  3. This is so brilliant! I think I should try it with my boys!

  4. Loving this!
    Amber @

  5. This idea rocks! I love it. I can actually use this with my preschool students. Thanks for sharing. I agree, so brillant!

  6. I saw this idea last year also, it's awesome. Last year for my daughters birthday party we did something similar and played pin the face on the pumpkin.

  7. oh how fun! too bad my fridge i snot magnetic.


  8. My preschool class had a similar idea but made from felt. I love this for homeschoolers and play! Thanks for sharing on It's Playtime.

  9. love this! We did it with snowmen last year - but pumpkins would be so much more versatile! Great idea!

  10. What a fun idea! I love this! I think my guys would really get a kick out of this, so we'll have to make some fridge pumpkins of our own. :)

    Mandi at BBM

  11. That's really cool! I will have to look for those magnetic sheets!

    Thanks for sharing on the Holiday Kid Craft Link Up!


  12. Oh, FUN! What a great idea!! My 3 yr old would looove those! Thanks so much for sharing at One Artsy Mama!

  13. What a fun activity for kids!

  14. This looks like such a fun and easy project. I really like it!

  15. Love it! Will have to check out the magnetic canvases - can you put them in the printer?

  16. Thanks for linking up to the Afterschool BlogHop. We can't wait to see what you share with us next week =)

  17. What a GREAT idea! My boys would be spending hours playing with these on the fridge.

  18. Visiting from Afterschool - what a great idea! Hopefully you will link up again next weekend, it will be hosted at

  19. This is such a fabulous idea! My little bear would love to play with this. If only our fridge was magnetic. :(
    Thank you so much for sharing your creativity with the FROG! I hope you will join me again this week! Plus, there is a HUGE giveaway included with this weeks party.
    Hope to see you there!

  20. We did something similar last winter with snowmen - they're so fun! I think jack-o-lanterns would add even more fun, because you could have fun with faces! I featured this on a Halloween edition of It's Playtime this week. Come play again!

  21. We gave you a shout out on our blog! We didn't have orange construction paper left, so we took your idea here and made monster faces. :)

    Mandi at BBM

  22. this is so fun! great idea for a party or for the kids to play with while you are cooking, etc...

    Thanks for linking to the Sunday Showcase & sharing your creative fun! I hope to see you back this week -


  23. This is such a cute idea and I am a new follower!

    Check it out!

  24. This is adorable! Linking up to you tonight.


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