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A summer bucket list is a great way to help your kids keep boredom at bay, because you can always have a selection of activities and tasks they can do to help keep them entertained.
This bucket list project combines a fun seasonal garland for you to make, and bucket list elements as well. It’s a simple project that has lots of flexibility so you can adjust it to fit perfectly in your home.
I found everything I need for this project in the craft aisle at my local Walmart, so it’s easy to grab what you need the next time you’re there.
- Scotch® Brand Permanent Mounting Tape
- Scotch® Brand Utility Knife
- Command™ Hooks
- Hole punch
- Burlap pennants (6)
- Drawstring burlap bags (2)
- Paint pen in choice of color
- Decorative washi tape
- Artificial flowers
- 1/4″ ribbon (2 yards)
- Label paper
- Blank journal
- Misc. Letter stickers
- Using the washi tape and paint pens, decorate each of the burlap pennants as you like, being sure to leave space in the center for your letters.
- Once all of your pennants are decorated, set them aside and cut out the letters you need. You can use your Scotch® Brand Utility Knife, or I cut mine with my Silhouette. The letters are about 4″ tall.
- Adhere the letters to the burlap pennants using Scotch® Brand Permanent Mounting Tape. The double-stick foam is a great permanent adhesive that does a great job, even sticking to the rough burlap. I also really like the dimensional effect of the foam tape.
(Be sure to press down on the letters to get a good attachment with the tape. You don’t want letters falling off later!)
- Pull apart a couple of the artificial flowers. If you’ve never done this, it’s easy. It’s one of my favorite tricks, because it gives you a nice flat back for the flower so you can stick it easily on a flat surface instead of having to deal with a plastic stem sticking out. Layering the Scotch® Brand Permanent Mounting Tape in between the flower layers gives you a lovely look for projects like this.
- Use the Scotch® Brand Permanent Mounting Tape to attach the flowers to the pennants, in the location of your choosing. (I use a little circle of cardstock to act as the center of my flowers)
- Punch small holes in the top corners of each pennant, and string the ribbon through. The garland part is done, now it’s time to move on to the bucket list!
Bucket List Directions
- Compile your summer bucket list. There are lots of resources online to help you customize it for your family and where you’re located. Mine is pretty general summer activities, with lots of suggestions for things that Max can do on his own.
- Lay out your list so it fits on mailing labels. I used a single sheet size, and just cut them apart myself, but you could easily do it with pre-cut labels as well.
- Using the paint pen, label one of the burlap bags “To Do” and the other one “We Did”
- Decorate a plain journal for the bucket list. I used washi tape and letter stickers, but go crazy and make it your own!
- When you knock something off your bucket list, there are a couple of things you can do with that label now. We’re going to use them to create a summer scrapbook, so I can print a photo, or you can have your child write or draw about the day. (Oooh, sneaky summer learning time!)
- By the end of the summer, you’ll have a book full of memories, and it’ll be easy to share what you did on your summer vacation!
- To display your bucket list garland, simply attach Command™ Hooks in a convenient location and tie the ends of the garland to the hooks. You can also loop the drawstring for your bags on the hooks, so it becomes a single unit that will be easy to take down once the summer is over.