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Project of the Day – The Homemade Bucket List Board

I really like a lot of stuff, but there are three things I definitely LOVE to do:

1) Make random things

2) Give people gifts 

3) Write lists

Number #1 and #2 on this list usually go hand-in-hand and almost always become my personal form of kryptonite when it comes to giving people gifts on time. My good intentions seem to be entirely on their own schedule, which usually results in gifts being given 1-2 months after an event has taken place. Some people may call this well-beyond fashionably late, but I like to think that I’m just extending the celebration. Who wouldn’t want Christmas to last all year, right? ; )

So with that in mind, I’m going to share with you all the DIY Bucket List Board I created for my darling friend Audrey. It’s a super easy project with a really fun result. Use it by writing down your long-term goals or even little things you want to do and attach them to the board. Every time you complete something on the list, remove it, add the date, and put it in the “bucket”. At the end of the year, you’ll be able to go through the bucket and actually see everything you accomplished throughout the past few months. It’s a great physical reminder that you are making progress, especially on those days when it just doesn’t feel like anything is turning out the way you planned.


…and yes, this was originally supposed to be Audrey’s “Secret-Santa” gift. Yes, I am aware that it is the middle of March. It’s clearly no secret that I am the worst Santa ever. Yet my girlfriends have yet to kick me out of the group, so either their judgement is totally flawed or they’ve just accepted that my heart is in the right place but is an average of 60 days behind schedule. Either way, thank you ladies, I love you all. 

For those of you who don’t know my friend Audrey, you are seriously missing out. This 5’11″ beauty is not only one of the smartest people I know, but she tops off her intellect with a loving and outgoing personality I can only describe as infectious. She is a go-getter and a goal setter, so I wanted to make her something that would help keep her on track for 2014. Not to mention her apartment has an incredible amount of wall space that my DIY side has beenitching to fill with projects that my studio apartment simply can’t accommodate. So, here’s hoping Audrey won’t mind when I use her humble abode as a guinea pig for all my future wall-decor projects. And more importantly, here’s to the lady who I know can and will accomplish anything she sets her mind to in 2014.

According to Facebook, it would appear Audrey and I no longer believe in taking pictures together, so please enjoy this image circa 2010.

According to Facebook, it would appear Audrey and I no longer believe in taking pictures together, so please enjoy this image circa 2010. She’s even crouching down so you can’t see our 8″ height difference. True friendship, right there. 

Homemade Bucket List Board:

What you’ll need:

  • Picture frame (size of your choosing) with the glass and back removed. Thrift stores and yard sales are a great place to find awesome, affordable frames with some character!
  • Wire mesh (you can purchased the brand I used here)
  • Wire cutters
  • Double-pointed tacks or staples
  • Hammer
  • Tape measure
  • Mini clothes pins
  • Assortment of paper (any patterns or colors you like) + pens
  • Small metal bucket or other container of your choosing (I found the one below at Michaels in the clearance section)
  • Things you want to accomplish this year (ideas found in your own head, usually after a couple glasses of wine)

Step 1.

Lay frame on flat surface, back side facing up, and measure both the inside width and height where the glass used to sit (if you are unsure of the frame size).

Step 2.

Using the frame measurements, cut wire mesh and carefully set inside the frame. Use double pointed tacks or staples and a hammer to secure the wire edges within the frame, making sure the mesh remains taunt as you work your way around the outer edge.


Step 3.

Cut up strips of paper, pour yourself a glass of wine, and start writing! Long term goals, short-term goals, fun things you want to try, anything and everything is fair game. This isn’t Jeopardy, there’s no wrong answers here!

Step 4. 

Using the mini clothes pins, attach goals to the bucket list board. Stand back and admire your handiwork. Reward yourself with another glass of wine, if you haven’t already finished the bottle.

All finished! Easy as apple pie.  Thoughts? Questions? Ideas for what you’d put on your own board?

Let me know by commenting and sharing below.

Cheri Ennis03/15/2014 - 7:21 pm

I really love this…I’m thinking of doing this but using “inspirational” and uplifting quotes…the ideas for this are endless really!

Alexa03/21/2014 - 5:17 pm

I actually have something quite similar to this that a friend made me! But I use it for jewelry! I hang my earrings where you have your bucket list items, and then hang my necklaces on hooks that are screwed in on the bottom of the board. BRILLIANT! I love this idea too though!

Jamie03/24/2014 - 1:16 am

Okay, I love everything about this little DIY project. Your blog is awesome, girl and your friend sounds adorable. Also, she has the same name as my daughter…love..


Alyssa @ Barnwood + Brick03/25/2014 - 12:34 pm

Awww thank you, Jamie! You are so sweet. And goodness, I wish I had time to create even half of the gorgeousness you are creating every day on your blog! Love all of your work so so much!

Lauren @ The Thinking Closet03/30/2014 - 12:19 am

I had to chuckle at your list of three things you love to do…because the same is true for me, too! So, of course, I immediately took to this creative project and how your executed it all. It’s so loverly! Also, I think I must have that little tin cup. Could it be any cuter? Well done, Alyssa.

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