Summer vacation started early here in Pennsylvania, or earlier then it has most years. School ended on the 27th of May, and I knew before too long I would be hearing “I’m bored!” so I decided to create a Summer bucket list of things I could teach my 13 year old to do. At 13 he’s pretty good at entertaining himself, but boredom does still strike.
I felt that creating a list of activities would be fun for both of us, and I’d get to try some things I have never done either. We started off making paper, which is something I used to do a lot of about 15 years ago. I used to have a book back then (I tried to remember the title and search for it, but no luck) it was all about making paper from items like corn husks & banana peels. I did come across this book
which shows you how to use garden plants & common weeds to create paper, which sounds amazing.
We used scrap paper and an old blender, and made our deckle box out of some $1 wooden frames from Michaels craft store. You can find instructions on paper making below in our Summer list. Paper making is super simple, and you can get such fun results with inexpensive tools. You can find blenders at thrift shops, and make your deckle box out of inexpensive items.
We have also dyed yarn with acid dyes, and then went over our yarn again when we got some new dye colors. Cleaned & washed the wool from the Maryland Sheep & Wool fest and then dyed it. Took a pottery class at the local college, and planted cat nip and cat grass. You can see our list below with links. I’m sure I’ll be adding to our list all Summer long.
Summer Bucket List
–Dye yarn & wool with acid dyes
-take a ceramics class
-plant and grow catnip
–harvest and dry catnip
–make cat toys with dried catnip
–clean raw wool
–make homemade marshmallows
–make homemade bath bombs
–make strawberry jam
–draw and have custom rubber stamps made
–make nail polish marbled beads
–make cold process soap
–make books from our handmade paper
–make salsa from garden tomatoes
I had the idea to make my own signature sprinkle mix ever since I saw the Amy Sedaris sprinkle mix
around Christmas time. Of course I knew I would want to hand out my sprinkles in true vintage style, so I came up with a label that works with these retro sprinkle bottles. The little girl is from an actual vintage sprinkle label, and I think works perfectly with these jars. Besides being a great party favor (our next crafternoon we are making faux cakes and I felt like this would be the perfect party favor) I think they would be so fun as a party activity! Put out a bunch of different kinds of sprinkles, give everyone a bowl for mixing and a jar to fill, each person can create their own signature sprinkle mix to take home. Continue reading
Today I have a little gift that I hope will encourage you to put pen to paper and write some letters! I have 3 free printable sheets of silly donut and tea mailing labels. I’ve made them in two different sizes depending on your envelope size.
download the labels here
I had mine printed with a laser printer on standard paper. I cut mine out with scissors (using an x-acto blade to cut out a few center pieces) Then I ran mine through my Xyron
sticker maker. Alternatively you could print them on sticker paper, or use regular paper and a glue stick to attach them to your envelopes.
Then write in your address, I like to use micron pens
since they have such a great variety of tip size. You could also use a program like Photoshop to fill in the addresses before printing.
**For personal use only. Personal use means non-commercial use of the labels/images including copies and print outs for yourself, your personal crafts/scrapbooking and to give to friends. The labels/images may not be used in any way whatsoever in which you charge money, collect fees, or receive any form of remuneration.***