Craft: Bored Jar and Washi Tape Popsicle Sticks

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This summer bored jar post has been compensated by As You Wish Pottery and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. This post may contain affiliate links.

I'm Bored Jar for Kids copy

My son’s first day of school was today, but I know many of you still have at least a few more weeks left of summer. We hit the dreaded “I’m bored” phase early into summer break. In Arizona, unless you are swimming it is too hot to be outside. We spent many days painting (indoors) at As You Wish and one of our first projects was a Bored Jar. We filled it with popsicle sticks that had kid friendly activities written on them. When we were having a particularly boring day, I let my kids pick from the jar. It was a fun way to minimize screen time and get my kids playing in a creative way. I think I’ll continue using the bored jar on weekends and with my toddler during the week! 


Jar (painted at As You Wish)

10-20 popsicle sticks

Washi tape

Black permanent marker


Step 1: Go to As You Wish Pottery and paint a “bored jar”. Liz, a fabulous artist at As You Wish, painted this one!

Bored Jar 5 copy

Step 2: Wrap 1/4 of the popsicle sticks in different colors washi tape.

Bored Jar 2 copy

Step 3: Come up with a list of “bored jar” activities together and write the activities on the popsicle sticks in permanent marker. Some examples include: make popsicles, play with chalk, make bubble wands, paint at As You Wish, etc.

Bored Jar 1 copy

Step 4: Place the sticks in the “bored jar”. When your kids either say that they are bored or you want to do a fun summer activity together, pull out a stick and do what it says.

Bored Jar 6 copyBored Jar 3 copy

Don’t forget to check out all the upcoming painting classes that As You Wish is offering! What activity will you add to your bored jar?

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Hi, I'm Vanessa!

Welcome to See Vanessa Craft! I’m Vanessa, an MSSW and mom of two in Arizona, and I’m happy you’re here to get inspired with me. It’s my mission in life to spread creativity through crafts, recipes, travel and more in order to live a life well lived.