The weather has been so nice here this spring! All winter long, I could not wait for the weather to get warmer so that we could get outside and play. Being cooped up in the house during the winter makes us all grumpy and it was such a mood booster when we were able to enjoy the sunshine. But the novelty of playing outside quickly dissipated for my kids, so I decided to create the Boredom Jar to alleviate that problem.
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Initially, my kids could not get enough of the outdoors. They were having so much fun making up games, playing at the park, and riding bikes. However, as the weeks went on, I started to hear those infamous words, “Mommmmm, I’m boooored.” Even after suggesting a couple of activities that they could do, they were still BORED after only a few minutes and wanted to watch TV or play on the iPad. And that was not going to cut it. I needed to figure out a way to get them disconnected from electronics and doing something good for them.
The Boredom Jar, as I call it, is a little vintage jar that contains tiny scrolls with an activity written on them. Each scroll is tied with some gold baker’s twine to keep the contents a secret until it is chosen. If my kids say they are bored, then they get to pick out one scroll from the Boredom Jar and they must do that activity.
I didn’t want to reward the kids with some amazingly awesome trip to an amusement park or taking them for ice cream just because they were bored, so I created some printable pages with activities that they could do on their own, as well as some chores, with minimal help from mom and dad.
When they pick something out of the Boredom Jar, they do not know what kind of activity they will be getting. Something fun? Yay! Or some kind of chore? Bummer. They know that they will be taking a chance, but hopefully, this will help in the long run teach them how to entertain themselves and come up with ideas of things to do without the need for electronics.
Almost all of the activities listed are spring, summer, or fall appropriate, which means that we will be able to use these throughout most of the year. Obviously, some of them won’t be able to be used if there is inclement weather, so they will have to pick a new scroll.
To make your own Boredom Jar, find a jar with a lid (this one is similar to mine) and click on the links below to download and print the Boredom Jar printable. Enjoy!
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Today I’m sharing a super fun, vintage, printable Easter bunny banner/bunting. These neutral little bunnies will look so great almost anywhere around your home and are perfect for welcoming Spring/Easter. Check out how I used them to decorate below, then download your own banner for FREE!
I snagged the hare image from the Graphics Fairy.
You can print these out on regular printer paper or cardstock (plain white or colored!) Once printed, cut each out along the lines with a paper cutter or scissors, whichever you have on hand.
To make the bunting, I also cut out colorful cardstock a little bit larger than each of the banners and glued them on with a tiny dab of glue in each corner. Using a craft knife, I made two small straight openings on each piece of cardstock.
Then I strung them up with some baker’s twine. Festive, right?
There are so many things you can do with these banners!
Attach one to a wooden dowel and hang it on the wall (or from your front door) to welcome guests.
These would also look great framed or hanging from the back of a chair to fancy up a table setting. So many possibilities! Below I added one to our Mouse Trap Photo Holder for display in the kitchen.
Thank you for stopping by to check out these vintage bunny printables! I hope you enjoy using them and would love to see any creative or crafty things you may use them for. If you are looking for more Spring inspiration, check out these two fun projects!
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Can you believe that the first month of 2016 is more than half way over? Me either. And that means that the lovey-dovey holiday in February is close by. I know some people hate sharing all of the feels on Valentine’s Day, but for the true lovers out there, I’ve whipped up a fun and quick DIY Moss Valentine & Printable.
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Why moss you ask? Well, I like it and it reminds me of Spring. And warmth. And new life. Unlike this weird and cold winter we are experiencing here in the Midwest. To make your own, first print out your free printable at the bottom of the page. You will also need:
- Peel and Stick Mossy Mat
- Pen or Pencil
First, cut out the cards (along the center lines), as well as the heart template with scissors. Next, use the pen/pencil to trace around the heart template on the back of the moss mat. Then, cut out the mossy heart, peel off the backing, and attach it to the card. That’s it! These cards should fit easily into a normal 4-3/8″ x 5-3/4″ invitation envelope. I am planning to send a couple of these along with my son for his preschool teachers! Download yours for FREE in The Gallery!
____________________________________________________________________You may also like: Welcome to 5 Minute Friday. This is a weekly post where we share quick tips, projects, and recipes that can all be completed in 5 minutes or less! The topic this week is Vintage Christmas Gift Tags.
Have your finished all of your holiday shopping? We still have a few more things to get and then we will start the wrapping process. I always love to see all of the pretty presents, decorated with ribbons and bows.
And I love a fun gift tag to finish everything off.
This year, I created vintage Christmas gift tags using a few images from The Graphics Fairy and some Christmas song lyrics.
Just cut them out, punch a hole in the top, and attach to your gifts with a little string.
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