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DIY Summer Activity Mason Jar Decor with Upcycled Pallet Wood

Hello again!  We have another wonderful inspiration opportunity for you today… our Monthly Silhouette Challenge Group Post!  Yippee!  Today’s theme is {FLOWERS} and we sure put in some elbow grease into this project (not really).  But we are expanding our creativity into new projects, and today we bring you a DIY Summer Activity Mason Jar Décor with Upcycled Pallet Wood!

DIY Summer Activity Mason Jar Decor with Upcycled Pallet Wood by My Paper Craze www.mypapercraze.com

When I read this month’s challenge theme, I knew just what I wanted to do: a summer activity jar.  With school letting out right around the corner, it’s always a challenge keeping the kids occupied with meaningful activities, both on their own and as a family.  Then when school begins again, we all sit around and wonder where the time went, realizing that we blew through three months of quality time—yikes!  So this year, we decided to utilize our summer time and create an activity jar!

To create a summer activity jar, you need two very important pieces: one or multiple containers and a list of activities.  My inspiration for the design of this project came from Stacey at Not Just A Housewife.  I ran across a wonderful tutorial on her blog for making a Mason Jar Wall Planter by attaching the mason jars to the wood.  I did change it up a bit in order to use supplies I had on hand, but the basics are all there and super easy to follow along!

DIY Summer Activity Mason Jar Decor with Upcycled Pallet Wood by My Paper Craze www.mypapercraze.com

Why did I choose three separate jars instead of one larger one?  That’s easy!  I have two older boys with differing interests and then one small toddler girl.  By creating AGE and INTEREST appropriate activities, I’m ensuring that each child will get at least one fun and meaningful activity per week.  At least that’s the plan, to allow them each to choose an activity from their own jar at the beginning of each week, giving ample opportunity to fit said activities into our weekly schedule over the next seven days.  The activities don’t have to be expensive or overly complicated.  Take a look at a few of mine:

DIY Summer Activity Mason Jar Decor with Upcycled Pallet Wood by My Paper Craze www.mypapercraze.com

So by following the tutorial and creating my list of activities, I satisfied the main requirements.  But could I let it go like that?  Heck no!  I wanted this to be a focal point in our home for the next three months, so let’s add a little flair!  I had already chosen a beautiful paint for the wood (Valspar Paint in Sea Breeze that I picked up from Lowes).  I had also recently picked up a new paper pack at Hobby Lobby (on sale!) that matched the paint perfectly: Nineth Street from The Paper Studio.  After choosing my patters, I then matched a beautiful chevron burlap ribbon for a nice accent (also a Hobby Lobby sale find!).

DIY Summer Activity Mason Jar Decor with Upcycled Pallet Wood by My Paper Craze www.mypapercraze.com

I added the flower theme in this project by designing a folding flower to keep the activities safe until their big reveal.  The flowers and activity were cut with my Silhouette Cameo electronic cutting machine.  Each activity is hidden in the center of the flowers until they are randomly chosen from the jar—it makes for a cute surprise!  I used some scraps to make the name tags and jute twine as a hanger.

DIY Summer Activity Mason Jar Decor with Upcycled Pallet Wood by My Paper Craze www.mypapercraze.com   DIY Summer Activity Mason Jar Decor with Upcycled Pallet Wood by My Paper Craze www.mypapercraze.com

Once this beautiful work of art was hanging on the wall, I decided it was missing a little something and immediately this Mother Teresa quote came to mind.  I think it fits our theme perfectly and offers a little daily inspiration to our home.  The cut file was purchased from the Silhouette Online Store, cut from chalkboard vinyl and adhered directly to the wall.  ***Please note that this is indoor vinyl, not outdoor.***  I preferred the chalkboard over regular black because it was a little lighter in color, not flat black, to match the distressed color theme of the project.

DIY Summer Activity Mason Jar Decor with Upcycled Pallet Wood by My Paper Craze www.mypapercraze.com

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72 Comments

  1. Kristy gd

    Hidden folding flowers – I love it! That way they can’t cheat and pick out their favorite activity every time as well. 😀

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    1. Becky Dykes (Post author)

      Thanks, Kristy! Once I found those folding beauties, I couldn’t resist implementing them somehow!

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  2. Meredith

    Becky, this is great! It makes a great focal point, and is a wonderful idea to keep the children from using the dreaded ‘B’ word during the summer break!

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    1. Becky Dykes (Post author)

      No joke, Meredith! That B word is definitely the last word I want to hear this summer, LOL!

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  3. Julie

    This is lovely, and those little folding flowers are just gorgeous!

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    1. Becky Dykes (Post author)

      Thanks, Julie! It definitely adds a cute focal point to our home!

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  4. I’m liking those little hidey flowers — pretty and practical at the same time! And the tip of using the chalkboard vinyl rather than straight black to get a slightly softer look is one I hadn’t thought of before, so thanks for sharing that.

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    1. Becky Dykes (Post author)

      Thanks, Sharon! I always appreciate a good tip now and then, so we try to pass them on often! It’s all trial and error around here, lol!

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  5. Rachel @ Architecture of a Mom

    What a great way to keep the activities hidden! Love these!

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    1. Becky Dykes (Post author)

      Thanks, Rachel! It adds a little suspense to the process—what will we draw this week? Glad you stopped by!

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  6. Yuliya

    I love this idea! I actually think I may try this setup for storing my son’s arts & crafts supplies, or maybe something kitchen-y. Not sure, but I’m definitely adding this to my list of DIY projects :) pinned!

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    1. Becky Dykes (Post author)

      Thanks, Yuliya! This jar layout has so many uses, I’m sure you’ll find the perfect use in your home!

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  7. Candy

    Very creative and oh, so cute!! Thank you for sharing. :)
    ~Candy

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    1. Becky Dykes (Post author)

      Thanks, Candy, we’re so glad you could stop by for a visit!

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  8. Kelly

    I love how this project turned out! I really like how you are using it for the weekly activities choosing jar. It makes for a functional, yet beautiful, piece! And I LOVE my silhouette cameo, too….I’m not sure how I ever crafted without it, haha.

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    1. Becky Dykes (Post author)

      Exactly, Kelly! I’m always trying to find new ways to use my Silhouette, it’s definitely my go-to tool!

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  9. Michele @ Our Rosey Life

    Well ladies. You have outdone yourselves again! These summer activity jars are ingenuous and I love the flower “surprise” component!

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    1. Becky Dykes (Post author)

      Thanks, Michele! It’s working out great so far and the flowers are a big hit!

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  10. Crystelle

    This is su h a great idea for summer! I love the quote from mother Teresa that you included…. You are such a good mom….. :)
    “hugs” Crystelle

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    1. Becky Dykes (Post author)

      Thanks so much Crystelle! This really helps remind me that whatever I’m doing can wait. They’re only little once. Thanks for stopping by.

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  11. Brenda Young

    What a great idea for the kids and so cute, I do love my mason jars! Hey Becky where did you get that strapping with the holes – what is it roof joist straps or something? I cant find it anywhere!

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    1. Becky Dykes (Post author)

      Thanks Brenda! My husband can’t remember what the strapping is called but he got it in the plumbing section at Lowes. It comes in a roll. For something like this the metal clamps would have been a lot easier but he already had this. Thanks for stopping by.

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  12. Kaylin

    This is the cutest idea ever!!! We just did a “Summer Bucket List” but it wasn’t nearly as amazing as this cute little project. Haha. Great post! :)

    -Kaylin

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    1. Becky Dykes (Post author)

      Thanks so much Kaylin! This is a great way to force me to stop whatever it is that I’m doing and spend some quality time with the kids. Things get so hectic that sometimes we forget.

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  13. tara pittman

    This is a great way to use those mason jars that I have.

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    1. Becky Dykes (Post author)

      Thanks for stopping by Tara. I had a lot of fun doing this project but the important thing is following through and spending quality time with the kids. I really think this will help.

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  14. Jeanie @ create&babble

    I love this idea! I might have to make something similar for my grandson. Thanks for sharing such a great idea! Pinning.

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    1. Becky Dykes (Post author)

      Thanks Jeanie and thanks for pinning. I’ll bet your grandson would love it. Half the fun is finding out what you’re going to do.

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  15. Steph @ Crafting in the Rain

    How cute-I love those labels!

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    1. Becky Dykes (Post author)

      Thanks Steph! This was a really fun project.

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  16. Lisa | A Merry Mom

    What a fun way to keep summer activities in mind! I love your folding flowers to keep the activity a surprise!

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    1. Becky Dykes (Post author)

      Thanks Lisa! My boys are 8 & 9 and can’t agree on anything so this works out perfect for us. They pick out a flower and it’s done. lol Thanks for stopping by.

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  17. Erlene

    This is such a cute idea. I love that the kids can pick an activity out of a jar and be surprised. Thanks for sharing this on Merry Monday.

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    1. Becky Dykes (Post author)

      Thanks Erlene. This is a perfect solution to two little boys that can’t agree on an activity. They just pick a flower and it’s done. Thanks for hosting Merry Monday.

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  18. Katie @ Addicted 2 DIY

    This is such a great idea! I love how you got creative with printing out the activities and folding them up. Thanks for linking up to Thursday S.T.Y.L.E.

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    1. Becky Dykes (Post author)

      Thanks, Katie! It’s definitely the small things that make a big difference! Glad you could stop by!

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  19. Dana

    WOW I love this idea!! Thanks for joining Blogger Brags!!

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    1. Becky Dykes (Post author)

      Thanks Dana and thanks for hosting such a great party!

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  20. Kate creasey

    What a clever idea. I might put something like this together for the grandsons when they come to visit. A good way to keep Nana’s house from being boring. LOL

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    1. Becky Dykes (Post author)

      Thanks Kate! Your grandsons would love the surprise factor. Thanks for stopping by.

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  21. Holly

    Looks like some fabulous ideas.

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    1. Becky Dykes (Post author)

      Thanks Holly! I love adding some fun to an otherwise ordinary day for the kiddos. Thanks for stopping by.

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  22. Winnie

    This is such a brilliant idea!
    I love these jars, and the labels are cute

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    1. Becky Dykes (Post author)

      Thanks Winnie! Gotta love a mason jar project. Thanks for stopping by.

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  23. Kimberly

    I have that quote in my kitchen! I love this idea! Pinned. Thanks for being part of our party. I hope you will swing by on Monday at 7 pm and part with us.
    Happy Saturday! Lou Lou Girls

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    1. Becky Dykes (Post author)

      Thanks Kimberly! Thanks for pinning and for hosting a great party.

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  24. Laurie

    Absolutely Fantastic idea! Love it!

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    1. Becky Dykes (Post author)

      Thanks Laurie! And thank you so much for sharing.

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  25. Dee

    I love how you were inspired by a project but made this entirely your own, and I love those mason Jars! Thanks for sharing at Snickerdoodle Sunday! :)

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    1. Becky Dykes (Post author)

      Thanks Dee! I love anything with mason jars right now. Thanks for hosting such a great party!

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  26. Elizabeth

    Wow!! This is such a great idea for those “I’m bored” moments, plus it just looks fantastic!! Thanks for a great post!

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    1. Becky Dykes (Post author)

      Thanks so much Elizabeth! I really think it’s going to help this summer. Thanks for stopping by.

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  27. Emily, Our house now a home

    I love this ideas. The ideas of having some pre approved activities for the kids to choose from is such an awesome thing to have. I will be working on this for my three kids this summer. I also love the wall piece you set them in. A great way to have it be cute and functional. Thank you for sharing at the snickerdoodle Sunday link party

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    1. Becky Dykes (Post author)

      Thanks so much Emily! I really think this is going to be a great help this summer. Thanks for hosting a great party!

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  28. Stephanie

    Such a cute idea! No more “MOM IM bored” conversations!

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    1. Becky Dykes (Post author)

      Thanks so much Stephanie! I really think this will help keep the kiddos happy and busy. Thanks for stopping by.

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  29. Diane @ Vintage Zest

    Congrats! You were the most viewed link at Do Tell Tuesday and have been featured & pinned to our features board! Feel free to grab a button and link up this week too. :)

    Diane @ Vintage Zest

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    1. Becky Dykes (Post author)

      WOW, thanks, Diane! We sure love us some Do Tell Tuesday, we’re so honored to be the most viewed link! Thanks for hosting such a wonderful link party!

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  30. Jennifer Dawn

    This is a wonderful idea! I’m featuring it at this week’s link party. http://www.thelifeofjenniferdawn.com/2014/05/a-little-bird-told-me-link-party-92.html

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    1. Becky Dykes (Post author)

      Thanks so much Jennifer for the feature and for hosting such a fun party!

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  31. Ashey @ 3 Little Greenwoods

    Super fun way to enjoy the summer! Thanks so much for sharing your creativity at Show-Licious Craft & Recipe Party!

    Pinning!

    ~ Ashley

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    1. Becky Dykes (Post author)

      Thanks, Ashley! Can’t wait to get started on some of these fun activities when school gets out! Thanks for stopping by!

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  32. Daniela @ Put A Bird On It

    You’ve been featured at Link’n Blogs! Stop by to see your feature and link up more fab posts!

    xo
    Daniela
    Put A Bird On It

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    1. Becky Dykes (Post author)

      Thanks for the feature Daniela and for hosting such a great party! We’ll be sure to hop on over!

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  33. Kristina & Millie

    Love this! You hinted at this diy and it is well worth checking out :) Love how each child had their own jar. I so need to get one of those machines!! Thanks for sharing with us!

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    1. Becky Dykes (Post author)

      Thanks so much, Kristina & Millie! It was real simple to make and they love having their own jars, too! See you soon!

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  35. Shanice

    Thank you for sharing this post at City of Creative Dream’s City of Links on Friday! I appreciate you taking the time to party with me. Hope to see you again this week :)

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