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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