DIY Washi Tape I’m Bored Jar

30 Ideas for a bored jar. Keep kids busy this summer (some fun activities, some "not so fun" chores)

This past weekend was a long weekend.  A very long weekend.  They say that it’s toddlers that need to be entertained every minute, but really, it’s 8-year-olds.  Isabella was great at independent play when she was younger, but it seems the older she gets the more she wants me to be her social activities director.  Right now it’s mainly just the weekends that we have issues, but summer is right around the corner.  In anticipation of the many waking hours we are about to be spending together, I decided to head off her “Mom, I’m bored!” and “What can I do now?” by making this easy DIY Washi Tape I’m Bored Jar.

30 Ideas for a bored jar. Keep kids busy this summer (some fun activities, some "not so fun" chores)

What you need:

I used my Brother P-touch Home and Office Labeler (PT-D200) to print the activities and taped bright, colorful Washi Tape around the opposite end. 

30 Ideas for a bored jar. Keep kids busy this summer (some fun activities, some "not so fun" chores)

I found that 30 sticks fit perfectly inside the Mason Jar, so I decided to split that up between 20 fun activities and 10 chore-like tasks.  I made sure that there were a few of each type for each color.  Isabella is definitely smart enough to not pick another pink one if it contained a chore the first time.  I think another key to the success of this jar is that there will need to be rules that you must complete the activity on the stick before drawing another one.  She is also the type that would pull one, decide she didn’t like that one, and try to put it back.  There will also be a time component to each activity- probably around 20 minutes. 

Here’s the list of activities I used:

  1. Write a story
  2. Draw a picture
  3. Write a letter
  4. Empty all trash cans
  5. Practice math
  6. Assemble a puzzle
  7. Make jewelry
  8. Draw with chalk
  9. Sweep the porch
  10. Play the Wii
  11. Watch a movie
  12. Pick up toys in the backyard
  13. Play balloon volleyball
  14. Blow bubbles
  15. Brush Emme (the dog)
  16. Brush Missy (the dog)
  17. Color in coloring books
  18. Swing outside
  19. Dust furniture
  20. Play with Play-Doh
  21. Play a computer game
  22. Dust baseboards
  23. Have a dance party
  24. Clean sinks
  25. Jump rope
  26. Service project
  27. Take a bubble bath
  28. Service project
  29. Nature photoshoot in backyard
  30. Read a book

(Read more about the service projects that I’m implementing with her and our weekly schedule here.)

30 Ideas for a bored jar. Keep kids busy this summer (some fun activities, some "not so fun" chores)

I’m really hoping that this jar will help solve some of our daily battles.  This way she is responsible for her own fate, without me having to tell her what to do or come up with suggestions… AND she won’t be telling me she’s bored every five minutes.  I’m determined to be more organized this summer, not only to save my own sanity and not have the usual summertime struggles, but to also be able to enjoy our time together and provide more opportunities to be a “yes” Mom.  Next up: a system for earning screen time.

What are your tips to combat the inevitable “I’m bored”?


Play-Doh Valentine Free Printable

"Valentine, I think you are a'doh'able" Free Printable #valentine

We’re big fans of Play-Doh at our house.  It’s minimally messy and usually keeps the kiddos entertained long enough for me to make dinner or get some laundry done.  I’m also a fan of giving it in favor bags at birthday parties or on Valentine’s Day, instead of the usual candy and sugar.  Not that there’s anything wrong with treats, but sometimes it’s nice to have other options. 

"Valentine, I think you are a'doh'able" Free Printable #valentine

I created a cute little Valentine’s Day printable to gift with a small 1oz container of Play-Doh.  You can find the Play-Doh Party Bag Dough, 15 Count (assorted colors) on Amazon or in select stores.  Print out the cards on cardstock and cut a circle in the center of each heart.  An easy way to do this is to trace the Play-Doh carton, but make sure you cut inside the lines.  (If you cut too large of a hole, just use a little tape on each side of the container to the back of each card.)

Download the free printable here.

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DIY Coffee Sugar Scrub

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DIY Coffee Sugar Scrub- an easy gift for teachers, friends, or family! Less than $2.15 each

I’m one of those people who doesn’t like to drink coffee, but loves the smell of it.  My husband recently started drinking it in the mornings and since then I’ve been stealing whiffs from the canister as I’m trying to wake up.   It just smells so rich!  

No one likes coffee more than my Dad though.  He drinks it morning, noon, and night- especially with my Mom’s sweet treats.  I remember always wanting to drink it as a kid to be like Dad.  My parents let my sister and I try it once; my sister loved it, but my cup ended up being about 99% milk. :)

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DIY Washi Tape Dishwasher Clean/Dirty Magnet

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DIY Washi Tape Clean vs Dirty Dishwasher Magnet- so easy & so cute!

Do you ever have days where you feel like you did nothing but clean the same mess over and over again?  That’s how I feel in my kitchen.  Every time I turn around it seems like the sink is full of dirty dishes.  It doesn’t make it any easier being a food blogger; especially because I’m not the kind that can “clean as I go”.  If I’m working on a new recipe, my sink usually looks something like this:


After living in a rent house without a dishwasher for over a year, I am SO grateful to not be washing dishes by hand anymore.  The only thing worse than washing dishes by hand, is re-washing dishes by hand that didn’t clean in the dishwasher the first time!  That’s why quality dish detergent is a MUST for me.

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DIY Washi Tape School Pick-Up Sign Hanger

Easy DIY Washi Tape School Pick-Up Sign Hanger #washitape

We’ve made it, friends.  Tomorrow my kiddo goes back to school.  I’m super excited, she’s super excited, little sister is super excited… heck, I think even the poor cat is excited.  

I ended the summer with one last quick DIY project- this super easy washi tape hanger for the carpool pick-up sign.  Last year the sign just sat on my floorboard until 3pm when I would quickly fumble around to find it to flash to the carpool ladies.  …

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DIY Sock Stick Horse

My daughter went to Girl Scout camp over the summer and one of the themes was ‘Wild, Wild West’.  She came home with the most adorable Sock Stick Horse, and I knew I had to share it here.  (Read: I knew I better make one ASAP for little sister if I wanted to keep the peace.)  Sometimes the most simple ideas turn out to be the cutest!  I especially love this because it’s no sew.

DIY Sock Stick Horse- so easy to make and hours of fun!

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Passport to Imagination with Michaels

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It’s no secret that since school let out I’ve been desperately searching for things to do to keep Bella Roos busy.  We’ve played games (like Summer Bingo) and been to the pool, but one thing she is always down for is crafts. 

Sometimes that doesn’t go over so well with little sister- by the time we get out the scissors and glue, and O-M-G the glitter, Sophia has her hands in it all.  That’s one reason I was super excited to find out about Michaels’ annual in-store summer crafting program- Passport To Imagination….

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Easy American Mason Jar Planters Tutorial

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Easy American Mason Jar Planters Tutorial

American Planter

 Back when I lived in the Pacific Northwest, I was never the type of guy to go overboard for the 4th of July. Sure I loved the fireworks and the BBQ and the unfettered nationalism, but the thought of covering my home in patriotic décor didn’t exactly light my sparkler – so to speak. But then my family moved to Texas and things changed. To say that the people love Independence Day here would be a gross understatement. As soon as the calendar turns to May my neighbors start to live, breathe and bleed pure ‘Murica. Red, white and blue pinwheels pop up in every yard. The neighborhood fills with the smell of hickory smoke and fireworks that would never be legal in my hometown start going off at sunset like clockwork. And to be honest, I kind of dig it….

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Easy DIY Wooden Bunny Art


After seeing my friend Jamie’s super cute DIY Easter Sign from Scrap Wood– I knew I wanted to make one for myself!  I’m not cool enough to have scrap wood laying around waiting for my next project… so I had to take a trip to Home Depot for a 2×4. 

This was also my first time having Home Depot cut the wood for me.  (Did you know they do that?!)  For this sign you will need 4 pieces of 17.5in 2×4.  You could really cut it to whatever length you want, depending on how big you want the finished piece to be.  You will also need one piece of 8in 2×4.  The smaller piece will be used on the back to hold the other pieces together.  I used 8 nails to hold the piece in place, 2 nails for each of the four longer pieces.


I then spray painted the front white- you don’t have to be exact on this because we will be covering it again with pink, but make sure to get a good coat in the center.  While this was drying, I used my Silhouette machine to cut out the bunny image in vinyl.  After the white coat has dried, place the bunny in the center of your rectangle.  Then give it a good once over with the pink spray paint.  Before the paint has had time to dry, peel the bunny sticker off.  I allowed the whole thing to dry, and then coated the white bunny with mod podge and white glitter.

4ea 17.5in 2×4
1ea 8in 2×4
Pink spray paint
White spray paint
Bunny image
White glitter & Mod Podge (optional)

I love the way this project turned out- super easy, cheap, and done in one afternoon!

You can see more of my Easter mantel in progress here: He Is Risen- Free Printable




DIY Train Table: IKEA Hack

DIY Train Table from $20 IKEA Lack Coffee Table #diy #ikeahack

Before my husband and I got married we had each lived on our own, which meant we both brought furniture to the marriage.  Which really meant I brought furniture to the marriage and he brought bachelor furniture and a really nice TV.  Huge southwestern style couches (that he admitted were ugly but comfortable), IKEA birch coffee tables and end tables that had long since seen better days (hello, coasters?), a chin up bar that he wanted to display in the living room, and art that you would find in quirky bar bathrooms.   

Some of these items found new homes, some were relocated to his man-cave (aka garage), and some made it in to the house.  One thing he didn’t want to part with was his IKEA coffee and end tables.  Thankfully we finally made a trip to IKEA a few months ago and purchased a bright, shiny, new, white coffee table to go with our new decor.  As I was getting ready to add the old one to the donate pile, I decided it would be PERFECT to make a DIY train table from.  (You can find the IKEA LACK Coffee Table here.)

I wish I had taken a “before” picture to show you.  This poor little table was looking sad with scuffs, scratches, and marks.  But for a $20 table, it had lived a good life and survived several moves and years of abuse.  That’s one thing I love about IKEA products- budget friendly, but not cheap on quality.  I broke down the table by unscrewing the legs, and was ready to get started painting.  I thought the easiest way would be my go-to spray paint method.  Wrong.  I applied a kelly green coat, and followed it up with a once over of green glitter spray paint.  It was HORRIBLE.  Didn’t apply evenly, dried clumpy, and the color was way too dark.  I seriously didn’t think I could get back from that mess. 

Luckily I knew I had a bottle of Martha Stewart green paint, but I wasn’t sure I had enough or that it would even cover the mess I made.  Amazingly I had just enough for two coats and it worked PERFECTLY!  That’s what I get; next time always, always, go with Martha first.  I used Martha Stewart Multi-Surface Acrylic Craft Paint in Mint and Sea Lavender for this project (purchased at Michaels).

DIY Train Table from $20 IKEA Lack Coffee Table #diy #ikeahackAfter I painted two coats and let it dry completely, I assembled the train track to fit best on the table.  I picked up each individual piece and applied a healthy amount of wood glue to each piece.  Make sure to press down firmly for a few seconds before moving on to the next piece, but don’t use too much glue or it will squeeze out the sides.  After letting the track dry, I sketched out the road and lake.  A yard stick was the perfect width for my road and made it super easy to trace onto the table.  I free handed the lake by drawing an “8” without the holes.  Go lightly with the pencil because it will show up under the blue paint.  I used paint pens to trace the edge of the lake (and cover the pencil lines), and to draw the white stripes on the road.

DIY Train Table from $20 IKEA Lack Coffee Table #diy #ikeahackI didn’t glue down the trees, cars, people, or houses because I wanted the girls to be able to move these pieces around during play.  The legs for the table easily screw back on after you are finished assembling and painting.  (I didn’t paint the legs, but you could.  The paint really covers well the surface well.  You could also paint more features on the table like flowers, grass, etc.)  Sophia was gifted this pink train set for her birthday, which has since been discontinued, but you can find a great train set from IKEA- LILLABO 20 Piece Train Set.

I love that the train set has a permanent “home” on this table- one less thing to get out and put away- and it looks great in the playroom.  The LACK table is the perfect height for little sister (1 yr old) to stand at and for big sister (6 yrs) to kneel and play too.  They have really played well together and I’ve been a little surprised how much they have enjoyed this DIY train table.

Come back the rest of the week to see:
IKEA Inspired Play Room Ideas
-DIY Play Room Decor
-Play Room Reveal