Thursday, June 10, 2010

Make your Summer Plans with a Welcome Summer Banner 2!

I hope everyone out there in enjoying their summer break!  I sure am .  In case you missed this banner last week in my Super Mom blog hop with Kelli at Random Thoughts of a Super can check it out below!

I like for Summer at our house to be SUPER FUN, of course! 
But I wanted to be sure that we were doing the important things as well (reading, making bank deposits in their savings accounts{and that means earning money by doing chores}, and working on goals (CubScouts, Piano, etc)!  I made this banner last year to help be sure we were getting the things done that we needed to get done and mixing the right amount of FUN in with it!

First, I printed out little tags with all of the things we were planning to do this summer. 
Here is my list:
Something Special! (this is great for those one time things)
Extra Fun (this was for when I added something on to one of our weekly activites)
School (they went to vacation bible school and a summer play school hosted by a local preschool)
Playdate (when a friend has us/them over)
Picnic at the Park
Storytime (lots of book stores host these)
Meet Daddy (sometimes we meet for lunch)
Going to a Movie (we love Regals free movie program)
Going out to Dinner
Leaving on a Trip!
Playgroup (there are several that we occasionally attend)
Roaring Springs (our local water park)
Bank (they get to make deposits and my husband matches it, this means they have to do their chores)
Having Friends Over
Working on Goals
Volleyballin’ (sometimes I meet up with friends to play)
Water Day (there are lots of fun pools, splash parks, and beaches on the lakes or rivers)

And here is how they look once I cut them, punched a hole in the top, and put a piece of jute rope through the hole (this makes it easy to pull them out of  the envelope).

Next, make a pocket for them.
Fold a piece of cardstock and staple the sides.  Make a label for the front and distress it with an ink pad, then punch a hole and tie on an 18 inch piece of jute rope or ribbon (tie it onto the wide ribbon when you get to that point).

Then, to make your envelopes:
My SIL, Jen, and I shared a box of these from Office Max. I think there was 500 in the box. I printed the days of the week, distressed the edges with an ink pad, and glued them on. Then I punched a hole in the top and hung it from an 18 inch piece of jute rope or ribbon.
At this point you could be done by just hanging the days of the week onto a thicker ribbon! 

Or you can make the whole Welcome Summer Banner to make it SUPER cute.
Heres How:
First, get some chipboard shapes (they come in a "book" of 5) and some chipboard letters (or use vinyl). 
I got mine at Michaels, but I heard you can sometimes find them at Archivers in the $1 section.

Mod Podge decorative paper onto them, turn them over and cut the excess paper off with an exacto knife.

Then sand them to get the edges nice and smooth.  Distress them with an ink pad if desired.  Glue the chipboard letters on to make your words.

Punch holes in the tops and hang onto a wide ribbon. 

Leave enough room on the ends of your wide ribbon to hang.  String one or two ribbons through your chipboard and tie it to the larger ribbon.

My kids LOVE to take the tags out and see what is in store for the day and the week!
Your kiddos will enjoy a  Summer of Fun with an easy to follow plan!


  1. Angela, this was such a great project! I will have to plan on making it next year for the start of our summer! We are already three weeks into summer this year:)

  2. I love this! What a great idea...

  3. WOW! This is so ADORABLE! I love it! I was doing a little blog hopping and landed on your site and I am excited to look around.

  4. This is such a great idea! So practical and so pretty! Great job!

  5. So I am curious to know what fonts you used for your tags? I really like them! Also, I am gathering that each of the days of the week are envelopes that you put the tags inside...but then what do you put in the "What are we doing this week?" envelope if you have already divided the activities up into the other week day envelopes? I feel silly, but I will admit that I am a little confused. =/ I LOVE this idea and really want to try it out, but was hoping you could clarify how it actually works on a daily/weekly basis for me. Thanks!!

  6. Hi Sharla,
    I think the font is Idolwild. I am sure you can google it and download it for free.

    The "What are we doing this week?" pocket just holds all of the tags that I am not using.

    Then the days of the week envelopes hold the one or two tags that we are doing that day.

    I hope that helps! Have fun.


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