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Craftiness: Date Night Jar

on December 28, 2012

As promised, here is my post about the Date Night Jar that I made P for a Christmas gift — the original idea came from Pinterest (of course!) – Pete and I had so much fun with our advent calendar, that I wanted to think of a way to keep the good times rolling!! Plus, we do what most couples do when it comes to planning a date night (i.e., Me: “What do you want to do?” P: I don’t know – What do you want to do?” x 10), and then we end up just sitting at home and I get annoyed ( I don’t sit still very well and watching tv is NOT my favorite thing to do, but it always ends up what happens because it’s easy!) I figured this little creation would also help with coming up with ideas! The only rule is that you have to do the activity that you pick!

The finished product!

The finished product!

Creating this little gem was not too difficult, and it came together rather quickly! The longest part was dreaming up all the ideas to include! I used:

  • A large mason jar
  • Large popsicle sticks – I bought both colored ones, and plain ones (the colored ones came in a package with red, yellow, green, and blue)
  • Black Sharpie
  • Paint/varnish
  • Scrapbook paper ( i used one that had a “parchment look” and had some texture to it)
  • Stick on letters
  • Ribbon
  • super glue

I did not have enough the the colored popsicle sticks for the amount of ideas that I wanted in the jar ( I ended up with about 52- so there is technically one for every week of the year, and I also made extra so that we could add ideas throughout the year) — I also wanted some color variation, so I painted some of the plain sticks as well. I decided to go with blue, green, and yellow — our living room is blue and the dining room is green, so those are colors that we liked, and the yellow just kinda worked out! I used three different colors because I wanted to break the dates into three different categories:

Tag on the jar

Tag on the jar

  • Yellow = inexpensive dates that we can do at home with little to no planning
  • Blue = dates that cost minimal money and planning
  • Green = dates that take a lot of planning and/or money

This way, we could pick dates that fit our time, needs, and budget at that particular time!

Once the sticks were dry and ready (if they were painted), I used the sharpie to write the different dates on the sticks. Prior to starting the actual project, I researched and made a list of all the different date ideas. I researched online and also thought of things that we liked to and activities that are important to us! Then I could cross out each date as I went along 🙂 On the painted sticks, I used a clear varnish over the writing to help keep them from getting chipped. I don’t know if this step was actually necessary, but I thought I would do it anyway!!

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Next, I cut out a strip of scrapbook paper to the width that I wanted (the length ended up working out for me, as it just fit around the jar!) and superglued it to the jar. I did manage to superglue my fingers together though — ouch! While I was waiting for the paper to dry,  I super glued the two parts of the mason jar top together (if you’ve seen one, you know what I mean – there is the rim, and then the circle part that usually stays on the jar when you twist off the top). This wasn’t necessary, per se, but I didn’t want to deal with the different parts of the top every time we opened the jar! After the scrapbook paper was dry, I used my letter stickers and other embellishments from my scrapbooking “stuff” to decorate the jar -I found sticking the letters etc. right onto the jar worked out better then sticking on the paper. Finally, I finished by super gluing the ribbon around the rim of the jar and making the tag. Voila! Complete!!

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Some of my at-home dates:

  • Nachos & NCIS marathon
  • Puzzles & pancakes
  • picnic at home
  • take out  & board games
  • build a fort and watch a movie
  • mexican & margarita night
  • pick out a book and read together
  • make a giant ice cream sundae to share

Minimal planning & money:

  • go bowling
  • try a new restaraunt
  • letterboxing
  • picnic in the park
  • antiquing
  • hiking
  • happy hour & wings
  • take the scenic route and get lost
  • Restaurant hop (one place for each course)
  • art project night
  • go stargazing
  • drive around and take silly pictures
  • casino night

Planning and $$ dates:

  • overnight hotel stay
  • couples massage
  • bed and breakfast stay
  • take a cooking class
  • learn something new together
  • letterbox in a different state
  • fancy dinner
  • weekend getaway
  • theme park date
  • aquarium
  • sporting event

P doesn’t know any of the dates that are in the jar, and I tried to make sure that there were more blue and yellow dates then green! He also had a good idea that it would be neat to take pictures/gather things from each particular date and then we could include them and the stick into our scrapbook 🙂 We haven’t yet had the chance to try the jar out, but maybe we will this weekend!!

Da

 

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9 responses to “Craftiness: Date Night Jar

  1. Pinterest is so great for ideas! So cute!

  2. Beth H says:

    I love it!!! You are so creative! Hopefully some day I will be dating again and I will have to remember this idea. I was going to ask what letter boxing is but I think it is the same thing as geocaching.

    Keep us posted when you do pick a date from the jar.

    • Brittany says:

      Crafts are so much fun!! Letterboxing is a lot like geocaching… I think… But less work? I wrote all whole post on it… I’ll have to find the link for you!! 🙂

  3. wineanddash says:

    this is such a cute idea! love the personalization put into it!

  4. um this is adorable! I feel like anyone could do something like this with even like rewards for reaching a goal or ways to be spontaneous. Love this idea!

  5. […] a good weekend, but a fast one!! We had a date night on Saturday, and attempted to use our “date night jar” — we pulled out “Restaraunt Hop” a few weeks ago, but plans/life kept changing on […]

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