With it being the start of summer break, wouldn’t it be neat to kick start the summer fun by spreading sunshine and happiness to family and friends? Whether they they are in need of some cheering up, celebrating the end of the school year or perhaps you are looking for an idea to put together a housewarming, teacher or neighbor gift. This Bucket of Sunshine & Happiness is fun to put together and sure to bring smile to the receiver. The best part is that you can customize the contents and the decorations for the receiver
Bucket of Sunshine & Happiness Instructions
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- Sunshine & Happiness Collection Kit
- Xyron Creative Station Lite with Permanent Adhesive
- Scissors and/or Paper Trimmer
- Buckets – any size, ours are from the dollar store
- Liquid Hand Soap; yellow
- Loofah; pink and orange
- Huggies Clutch ‘n’ Clean Wipes
- Mason Jar Cups – also from the dollar store.
- Paper Straws, orange polka-dot
- Travel-sized Soap, Lotion, etc.
Other Cheerful ideas:
- Yellow/Orange Candy – such as Lemonheads, KitKat, etc.
- Pens and Mini Notebook
- Nail Polish
- Summer Bucket List Printable
- Smoothie and Other Fun Drinks Recipe Book
- Flip Flops
- Mini Photo Album
I started the project by choosing how to decorate the orange buckets. This was hard because I love everything in the Simple Stories Sunshine & Happiness Pack! The pack includes 12×12 patterned double-sided cardstock, cardstock sticker sheets including letters and phrases, and sheets with different-sized elements (i.e. the 4 images in the top-left of the photo pictured above). I also used the bradz as well as the Bits & Pieces. I just adore the color combination and the cutesy designs and patterns.
Once I chose a few of the Bits & Pieces designs, I placed through our Xyron Creative Station Lite to turn them into stickers. Now they quickly and easily stick to the front of the buckets…neat, right? All you need to do is pull the plastic film from the top and then peel the stickers off – easy peasy!
I also used several of the cardstock stickers. Aren’t they the cutest and so happy-looking?!
After decorating the buckets, it was time to do the same with the soap, chips, and gum. Like before, I made homemade stickers and also sent the patterned cardstock through the Creative Station. To make the soap dispenser waterproof, spray it with a clear sealant.
Next up was filling the buckets with the goodies! I placed the taller items in first towards the back. In order to see the shorter items, I had to place crumpled tissue paper at the bottom just under where the shorter items went. Play around with the arrangement until it looks filled. If you’d like, you could also cut out one of the rectangle elements sayings and place them randomly to ‘fill the spaces’ and add a little more cheer.
Don’t forget to add a card or tag! Now it’s ready to gift to someone special. It could even be for someone that you don’t know as a random act of kindness.
I saved one of our buckets to put together something cute for Little Sister. I’m still thinking of what to add that simple, yet useable (not candy…he, he). What would you add to you Bucket of Sunshine and Happiness Gift?