We finally finished making the summer jars! Now we just have to complete all the fun activities that are in them during the summer! Look back at earlier post for the explanation of activities I put on the popsicle sticks and the inspiration for the craft here.
Here are a few pictures with explanation of how we created ours. We started with jumbo sized popsicle craft sticks that you can find at any craft store. My husband was able to convince her to paint only the front of the sticks, as you can see here.
I save LittleM’s yogurt and fruit cup containers for paint activities. We are not allowed recycle those containers here so I keep them to use for paint containers and then throw them out. Once the front of the sticks were dry, we were able to put the activities on them. I have plain white Avery address labels that I was able to type everything in their easy template, print them out, and then it was the second part of the activity for LittleM. Avery has a great thing with the labels where you fold the paper so the labels pop up making them easy peel. I love it! It made it so easy for LittleM to get the labels off the paper and onto the sticks.
We finished those 2 steps AWHILE ago. Then the poopy hit the fan with family issues and my husband losing his job so we ended up going on a road trip. These got put the the side but we finally got to it.
What I finished up by myself was the jars for the sticks.
I cut a piece of ribbon that fit once around my mason jar. Using my glue gun I put one piece of glue in the middle to stick to the back of the jar, then glued the two ends at the front of the jar. I was so tired when I was making this that I totally forgot to take any pictures of any other steps. Sorry. The reason that I glued it on the front is because I put the labels for the jars on the front so the seam is easily hidden.
Here is the finished product. I used the paper to write the 2 labels “To Do” and “Done”, glued those to the frames, then glued the frames to the jars. Obviously they do not lay flat on the jars but I kinda like it that way.
Here is the finished product from the side. You can easily see our One Side Painted popsicle sticks in the jars! They are are an easy height for LittleM to reach when we get the “I’m Bored!” comment soon to come up. I’m also hoping to use these to help LittleM with her reading, having her help me read each stick and work on letter sounds. Let me know if you have any questions!