Happy first day of fall! I love everything about fall and creating this fall bucket list garland just made me even more excited for all of the things I love about it!
This summer with all of the craziness I feel like K didn’t quite get a chance to enjoy all of the perks that summer has to offer. Yes, we went to the pool a couple of times and enjoyed our fill of splash parks, but we didn’t go camping or pick strawberries or so many of the other summer bucket list ideas I’d planned on. Luckily K isn’t really old enough to know how much he missed out on, but I still feel bad about it because he shouldn’t miss out just because we’re busy.
So for date night this weekend, Richie and I sat down and wrote our fall bucket list of all of the things that we want to do as a family this fall. Rather than just writing down the list and having it sit somewhere that no one sees, I decided to turn it into a fall decoration and hung it with my yarn candy corn and candy corn bottles to complete our fall mantel.
Here’s how you can make your own. This would be a great date night or family night activity so you can get everyone’s input on what they think should make the list.
- Sizzix Big Kick Machine (or you can just use pre-cut gift tags)
- Sizzix Bigz Die – Tags #2
- Different fall colored paper
- Baking twine
Step 1 – Write your fall bucket list. You’ll see in a minute why I’m having you do this first. Think about all of the fun things you want to do this fall and create a big long list of them. Ours included lots of fall specific things like picking a pumpkin, local things like visiting Mt. Vernon, and lots of food related things like baking a pie. Not only was it fun to think about all of the things we want to do this fall, it gives me an entire list of fun things to look forward to!
Step 2 – Cut out gift tags using your Sizzix Big Kick Machine. This was the first time I’d used my Big Kick, and I’ll be honest, I was a little nervous. But it was so easy to use. All you do is pick out the die you want to use (I did a gift tag), layer the die with paper between two cutting mats, and crank the knob to pull the die through the cutter. It took all of about ten seconds to cut a tag. If you don’t have a Big Kick, you can just use pre-cut gift tags, and then go buy one for your next project because I promise you’ll love it!
I’m in love. I cut 30 tags on my Big Kick in just minutes, and the cuts were perfect every single time. It’s so easy that even a kid can use it, well a kid that’s older than K at least. Cut out as many tags as you have on your bucket list in various colors. I cut out an equal number of each color so my garland has a nice pattern, but you can do whatever you think works best.
Step 3 – Write the items on your bucket list on your tags. We actually color-coded the categories from our bucket list (cooking, local things, fall things) to the colors of the tags, but that’s just going above and beyond.