bucket list collage

A summer bucket list can take many forms


Summer is almost here and I’m determined to make the most of this one. My daughter is finishing up her freshman year of college and will be moving out of the dorm and back into the nest next week. I’ve got two weeks of teaching high school standing between me and freedom. I always have so many plans for the summer and I always end up frustrated at the end of the summer that I didn’t get enough done, work or fun! To combat that problem, I’ve come up with a couple of solutions to start: a summer schedule and a summer bucket list!

 “And so with the sunshine and the great bursts of leaves growing on the trees, just as things grow in fast movies, I had that familiar conviction that life was beginning over again with the summer.”                                   ― F. Scott FitzgeraldThe Great Gatsby

The Casual Bucket List

handwritten bucket list

The summer bucket list doesn’t have to be anything fancy. You can hand write it and check it off with nothing more elaborate than a piece of card stock and some Sharpies. Start off with a web or basic list to brainstorm all your options. There are many fun, online programs to use for brainstorming. I gave SpiderScribe.net a try and came up with this, and more, in just a few minutes. brainstorm example

Premeditatedleftovers.com has some great ideas to start with, many of them free or frugal. After you’re done brainstorming, your list can take many different forms. I scoured the net, looking for ideas, then compiled them into one, personalized list.

Post-It’s can be a great way to mount your bucket lists tasks anywhere in the house or at work. You can change it up and keep track of what’s done and to-do still by organizing them into columns.

summer bucket list

The Post-Its could also be color-coded by person or type of activity. Keep extra Post-Its and a Sharpie nearby for flashes of brilliance and add to your list as you go.

Another variation on this idea is the bulletin board. The bulletin board has the added bonus of having a place to keep the completed tasks  and even reuse them the following summer by hanging a nifty little bucket nearby. It can be customized to your decor and be as simple or as elaborate and you want to make it. The bulletin

bulletin board bucket list

Courtesy of myblissfulspace.org

board has the additional advantage of being a place to display mementos and pictures associated with your bucket list. How fun would that be at the end of the summer to have a visual reminder of all the cool things you did and accomplished? Want to brainstorm ideas to include on your bucket list? Pinterest is chock-full of ideas! I’m going to use post-its ON  a bulletin board, for the best of both worlds.

Popsicle sticks and clothespins provide more interactive options for your bucket list construction. These can be manipulated, moved from one container to the next, and reused if desired. You can always add more options as you go so keep extras nearby with a Sharpie for embellishing your bucket. Clipping clothespins to or storing the sticks in an actual bucket has a certain charm to it that could be inspiring as well as decorative.

summer bucket list 7

Courtesy of thefoleyfam.com

summer bucket list 6

Courtesy of thepinteresthousewife.com

 You Fancy, Huh?

For the most type-A among you, there are countless templates, forms, and documents to help you make a swoon-worthy bucket list. Check out the ones below from weheartit.com  (left) and www.poofycheeks.com (right)

summer buck list example 1Summer Bucket List 3popsicle template

Build on this editable summer bucket list on The Good Life blog. Or make your own using an online program like www.picmonkey.com or a graphics program like Adobe Photoshop. Check out Adobe Cloud. You can get a 30-day trial to check it out. Digitalmomblog.com also has a free, editable template. 

You can make it even more fun by getting together with friends to create your summer bucket lists. Or make it a family craft activity. Check out Fresh Picked Whimsy for some great ideas and inspiration. I’ve included a couple of her photos below. She even runs workshops in her local area. group bucket list fresh picked whimsy 2 group bucket list fresh picked whimsy

Finishing Touches

One additional way to add some extra pizazz to your summer bucket list is to finish it off with some pictures or drawings. Image below left, foammagazine.tumblr.com and below right, modernhostess.net

bucket list with drawings bucket list with pics


Also,  I really like the idea of adding photos from the activities after you’ve completed them. See above for a great bulletin board idea.

You could even make a game out of it. I love this Bingo idea to use with my bucket list. bucket list bingo  peerscraps dot com

Get the whole family involved and make it a challenge to see who can complete their bucket list first. Or challenge another family in your neighborhood! The possibilities are endless. Track your summer memories with a summer journal. Click here for a free printable.


Have a great summer and start checking off those summer bucket lists!

Note: Pictures from collage taken from chiaroscuras.tumblr.com  thepinteresthousewife.com and calibermag.org

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