Remember the Christmas Countdown Project Kit? I just LOVED it when it came out and still love it due to its versatility. Did you know that it is returning in the Holiday Mini Catalogue this Fall? Make sure you grab one or two.

I first made it for Halloween as a count down on the reverse side of the boxes and thought 2 uses for the kit was great – Halloween and Christmas. I then turned it into a Family Feel Good box and our family truly enjoyed that experience. In fact, we enjoyed it so much we have decided to do it again in September. Here is a link to that project.

Today I am super excited to show you how my children and I repurposed the project kit yesterday. We decided this activity would be all about summer fun! The intention is to give our family fun and inexpensive things to look forward to throughout the summer.

First, each of the kids was asked to sit down and brainstorm ideas of things that they would like to do this summer. Including the kids ensures that they will be excited when their activity is selected AND it has the added benefit of creating a range of activities that include all of their ages and stages.

Brainstorming ideas to include in the boxes.

Next, we used the Mini Curvy Keepsake Boxes to cut out the 25 boxes needed for this project. The paper we chose to use is the newly retired See A Silhouette Designer Series Paper. The mini curvy keepsake boxes are the PERFECT size! (The original Christmas boxes are carefully packed away.)

Then we each selected some of our favourite ideas and added them to the boxes. We selected ideas that can easily be completed without spending money or leaving home. Social distancing is still very much in effect in our area so this was a key factor! It is also the inspiration for the Summer Fun Box. We included only 2 ideas that involved leaving home and we will use our best judgement when they are selected. Here are some sample ideas;

Mini Curvy Keepsake Boxes for the win!

Our surprise activity hiding inside.


I loved seeing the ideas the kids chose. I love the simplicity and know that we will create some wonderful memories this summer!


Lastly, we punched out 25 butterflies using whisper white card stock and numbered them 1-25.  A Stampin’ Dimensional was placed on the back of each butterfly and then adhered to each box.

How will we make it work?

Our summer fun will begin in July and run through to the end of August, which gives us 8-9 weeks of summer. We will be opening 2-3 boxes a week and family members will take turns opening the boxes. We will go in order from 1-25. The fact that we kept the activities fun but simple will be the key to its success. I’m already looking forward to July and I know the kids are too!

The completed project!

What do you think?

Leave me a comment and let me know your thoughts on our Summer Fun Box. Do you have any ideas that we could implement for our next project? How would you put this kit to use?