Just before Christmas I was the lucky lucky winner of this prize pack from the amazing Lowri over at Papervine
Lowri is a fabulous paper artist and I'm constantly inspired by her creations. When I opened my mega prize pack I instantly had an idea for what I wanted to use it for.
I don't hear my niece and nephew say "I'm bored" very often but I do hear them say "What can I do???". So I thought this would be a fun gift for them....and for their mom~
Here's what you need to make your own "I'm Bored" Jar.
-container or jar
-pretty papers and embellishments
-Mod Podge or other adhesive and sponge brush
-ruler, knife, and cutting mat
-very fine tip markers (not shown)
1) Start with a clean container or jar. I'm using a relish jar, it's the perfect size for my sticks. Measure the flat surface of the jar. Mine is approximately 2 inches.
2) Now cut some cute paper the same width to go around your jar. I was lucky I had so many to choose from, this border print is exactly the right size!
3) Paint some Mod Podge onto your jar and adhere your paper.
4) Once you've finished embellishing your jar, set it aside. Ah! But before you do, toss one of your popsicle sticks inside to see how much sticks out the top. Mark your stick lightly. You'll use this as your template.
5) If you really want to ensure maximum confusion, cut all your papers from the same sheet so that the kids won't be able to identify them and memorize what's on each stick. I had so many pretty papers to use I went with different ones but every single stick is completely different. I cut out two pieces of the same paper from every sheet and then mixed them all up. My niece and nephew are pretty smart but I think it'll take a few times of pulling the sticks before they'll be able to memorize them.
6) Once again, get out the Mod Podge and adhere your papers to each side of the sticks.
7) When all of your sticks are dry, take a very fine tipped felt marker and write out a fun activity on the end of the stick. Don't use chores or the kids will never want to play this game. Make it fun for them, and you~
If you don't want to write them all out you could print them on paper and mod podge them on too.
Here's the list of activities I came up with:
-Dress up in a costume and put on a play -Put together a puzzle
-Listen to music -Have a picnik
-Have a fashion show -Make a bracelet
-Read a book to Barclay -Build a fort and camp out
-Make something new with Lego's -Build a racetrack and race cars
-Play a board game -Finger paint
-Paint a picture -Practice Jenga
-Build something with playdoh -Play with your Barbies/Trains
-Clean out your closet and donate some clothes you don't fit
-Talk to an adult about when they were a kid -Look for stars in the sky
-Bake cookies with an adult -Count clouds and find shapes
-Make someone a card
Throw your finished sticks into the jar and voila! Hours of fun!
By the way... I didn't eat all of those popsicles, (I could've but I didn't). I got these from that discarded First Aid kit I told you about a couple of weeks ago. I think these sticks were for making splints. See??? I can find a crafty use for almost anything!
Can you think of some more activities to add? Leave a comment below. The more ideas the better!
Make sure to go visit Lowri over at Papervine
. Not only does she have wonderful projects but she has loads of giveaways all the time too!
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