Fun D.I.Y. Date Night Jar Ideas & How To Make Your Own

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Have you ever taken longer to find a movie to watch on Netflix than the time it took to actually watch that movie? Sometimes you can waste hours just trying to figure out what to do for your date night. If you and your partner have trouble coming up with ideas or making decisions, try making your very own date jar with these fun DIY Date Night Jar Ideas! It takes away the decision process and gives you more time to spend enjoying yourself.

The Best DIY Date Jar Ideas with Date Examples on a date jar lid

How to Make a Date Jar

All you need is a pen, something to write on, and either a jar or box. The most common form of a date jar is writing on popsicle sticks, just like the ones used back in school. You can draw on them, color code them, or even decorate them. If you don’t have popsicle sticks you can just use paper, too. Either write out your ideas on strips or fold up the paper into tiny pieces. You can make them into mini envelopes or even learn some origami skills and make stars or birds out of them. 

This beautiful date night jar below is made by JazzyJordanArt on Etsy!

travel date ideas on popsicle sticks laying next to a date night jar

How It Works

You can either print out a premade list online or make it yourself. Each person should help come up with ideas and write them down. Since this is about being creative, you should think about things that you want to do but never get around to, such as learning a new sport or skill. Write down date ideas that are both normal and extravagant. You can color code them if you would like, or leave them the same so you don’t know what you’re picking. 

Use the date jar at your own discretion. You can either choose to use it every week to decide what your activity will be, or you can save it for those days where you don’t know what to do or feel bored. Take turns being the one to pick an idea, and make sure you avoid looking at them before pulling one. The idea is to select one at random. 

You should always try and follow through with the activity, unless there is something stopping you such as weather. If you are unable to do an activity, simply put it back in the jar and select another one. Only do this if you physically can’t complete the date–not because you don’t feel like it or wanted to select a different one. 

top of date jar says "date ideas" with color coordinated dates

Now that we have covered all of the basics of creating a date jar, here are some great date ideas to help you create your own! 

Different Date Jar Ideas

-Local Date Night Jar

-Travel Date Jar

-At Home Date Jar

-Free Date Nights Jar

-What To Watch Date Jar

DIY Date Jar

Materials Needed:

-Jar to Hold Date Ideas (We like this one!)

-Large Popsicle Sticks (like these) or Paper To Write Ideas

-Lots of Fun and Romantic Date Ideas (We have TONS of these!)

Date Night Jars To Buy

Not into D.I.Y. and want to get this done quick? Here are some great finds you can get to get your dates going ASAP!

Fun Date Night Jar Ideas To Add

Mini Road Trip

Choose a destination that is at most an hour away. You can either go to a nearby state or national park or visit a city you have never been to. You can even list the place to visit already on the popsicle stick or paper. 

colored popsicle sticks with date ideas next to a date night jar

$10 Date

This date is all about spending as little money as you can. You have to stay under the $10 budget. Maybe this means you go out for ice cream or coffee, or go to a museum with a low entry cost. You would be surprised at how much you can get done for $10 only.

Homemade Pizza Night

There is just something so delicious about making your own pizza at home. Buy all your favorite toppings and select a movie to watch. It is really easy to create pizza dough from scratch. All you will need is an extra 30 minutes to let it rise.

Recreate Your First Date

This is a cute idea for a couple who have been dating for a while. If you had a memorable first date, try and recreate it. Go to the same restaurant or pick out the same movie that you watched. It can be really endearing to relive the start of your happy relationship. 

YouTube Dance Lessons

You can find almost anything on YouTube, and dance lessons are no exception. Choose the type of dance, such as hip hop, salsa, contemporary; and find a video that coincides with your appropriate level. Dancing is a great workout and it’s a lot of fun, especially when you dance with a partner.

Candlelit Dinner

Have a romantic dinner by lighting some candles and setting the mood. Dim the overhead lights and set some candles around the table. You will find that everything will seem more intimate and quieter when you eat by candlelight.

Bike Ride

If the weather is nice, a bike ride is a great date idea. Many cities even offer bikes to rent. Take the bikes along a nature trail or a boardwalk for some beautiful scenery. You can bike to a destination or just ride wherever the wind takes you.

Cook a Meal Together

Flip through your recipe books or look online to find a dish that you both want to eat. You can either choose based on the ingredients you already have or go out to purchase them. Cooking together is a great way to get to know someone more.

Have A Picnic

Pack a basket and set out to find a location with a beautiful view. You can just bring snacks or make an entire meal and set it up outside with real dinnerware and candles. Bring something to do like books or paint supplies.

Go Ice Skating

Go live your Hallmark dreams by going ice skating at the nearby rink. Even if you can’t skate, it’s a great way to hold hands and stay close to each other. If it’s summer try going roller skating instead!

Have a Fondue Night

Melted cheese on bread. Need we say more? Gather the necessary supplies and make sure you get the correct fondue cheese so that it melts easier. You could even turn this into chocolate fondue if you’re more of a dessert person!

Wine or Beer Tasting

Hit up your favorite brewery or wine bar and get a flight of drinks that you have never tried before. Some places might even let you take a tour of the back room and storage cellars.

There are hundreds of different options that you could write down for your date jar. It’s a cute way to spend some time together getting crafty and thinking of things you both would love to do. It’s really simple to make and will provide you with fun options for months. Making the jar can be a date idea itself!

Cartoon Jar with popsicles sticks labeled The Travel Jar

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