Wednesday, October 8, 2008

  {Charting your Chores...}

Hey Everyone!! I am so excited to share this post with you, but first I wanted to say thank you to everyone who wrote me about the book review. I was ecstatic to see some of you go check it out or buy it just based on my recommendation! :) I'm totally flattered!!

Ok, on with the post at hand! :)
Keeping a house clean while your trying to sell can be quite a chore all on its own. But when your doing it by yourself, it is a nightmare! So I was surfing the web the other day and came across this post...but I thought "I can do that for really cheap!" So I did! One trip to hobby lobby and about 3 hours in between working, and I had a really cool chore chart.

And I wanted to share it with you all, so I took pictures along the way! I hope you enjoy doing this project as much as I did!

You want to start with:
-an unfinished wooden shelf
-1 piece scrapbook paper
-craft paint in choice of color
-2 yards of coordinating ribbon
-1 sponge paint brush
-1 set alphabet stickers
-1 picture hanging kit (only if your shelf doesn't already have this.)
(a hole punch and tape are also needed)

Next you want to wriggle the pegs out of their spots from the shelf

Now lightly sand the entire surface until smooth.
(I used a 220 grit sandpaper) and wipe down with a dry cloth.

Paint the sides and slightly up the top of the shelf, also paint the pegs.

Cut the scrap booking paper to fit on the top portion.
Mine is long so I had to cut two pieces to match the length.

Using Modge Podge (or glue medium a.k.a Elmer's school glue with a little water added)
paint on the paper to cover the top. Allow to dry for about 2 hours.

After glue dries, use a small knife to cut an "X" into the paper where
the peg holes are, then push the paper down into the hole.

Fit the peg in the hole just to make sure the paper is cut enough.

Now, if you were to just use this as a shelf, you could add wood glue to the peg holes and allow to dry.

Remove the pegs and use your stickers to write out your families names under each peg hole.

On my computer I designed these tags just using 3 different fonts.
Once printed, I used a pencil and a ruler to measure around them so I know where to cut.

Once you cut along the lines, you will want to cut out the sides around the { }

and this is what that should look like.
Now you want to punch 2 holes into the sides at the top of the cards...

Next you will want to measure your ribbon. I used 2 yards for 4 tags.
For each tag, I cut the 2 yards into 4 pieces (18 in.ea.)
then I cut each of those into 2 pieces (9 in.ea.)
I now thread the ribbon just through the hole and tape to the back of the card.

This is how it looks with the ribbon taped to the back.

I then hammered on the photo hanger to the back of the shelf.

Now you can tie your chores onto each person's name, and rotate them throughout the week! :)

And now for the price breakdown:
Wood Shelf $3.99 plus 30%off sale: $2.79
Alpha Stickers $2.99 plus 40% off coupon: $1.79
Ribbon $0.50/yd X 2yds plus 30%off sale: $0.70
Scrapbook paper $.50/sheet plus 50%off sale: $0.25
Picture hanging kit $0.99
Craft Paint $0.69
and I already had glue, sponge brush, tape, and hole punch
Project Total: $7.21
w/out coupons or sale: $10.16

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Unknown said...

Oh my gosh! This is fantastic. I almost wish I had kids so that I would have a good reason to make this. :)

Lisa said...

What an awesome idea! I have most of those supplies so I might just try this out today!

Just started reading your blog (don't really remember how I came by it) but its wonderful. I'll be reading along.

-Lisa said...

Wow, FABULOUS job! I love when people see something they want then find a crafty way to make it themselves! I'll be linking to this post!

Mrs Anne said...

Look at YOU fancypants!

some comments:

a) LOVE your black/white theme
b) LOVE the simplicity of it!
c) LOVE the font you chose (Ali?)
d) LOVE the fact that it's so functional!

nice work!

katylinvw said...

this is sooooo cute! love it! :)

Britt said...

SO cute!!! Quit being so creative, you're making me look bad! hehe

Lora @ my blessed life said...

Very nice! My hubby & I have just been discussing starting a chore chart for the kiddos--something like this might just do the trick. And it's so attractive! Great job!

Anonymous said...

I found you from One Pretty Thing and I just love this tutorial! I do not have any kids either but I jsut want to make one of these to hang anything at all! Thanks for sharing such nice details on how to do it myself!

Unknown said...

Very Nice!

AJ said...

Love it! And I already have all the supplies:) Maybe one of these days I'll get around to making one for my girls!

Esther said...

I've tried a few different job charts and none of them really did the trick. I might just have to try this one.

Beki - TheRustedChain said...

Nikki, that is SO cute!! Great job. :)

Stacey @ The Blessed Nest said...

Such a great idea! I especially love the scrapbook paper -- looks like such a wonderful custom piece! Great job, Nikki!! :)

Heathahlee said...

That is BEAUTIFUL GENIUS! I love it!

sara said...

I love this chore chart idea! Thanks for sharing. It looks soooo good in the black and white.

Anonymous said...

That is so cute! I just love the colors you chose!

Tonya said...

This is so cute Nikki! My house is on the market and I'm having one heck of a time keeping it clean every minute of the day. Doesn't help that I homeschool and run a photography business out of my home too! ;)

Thanks for the awesome idea!

The Beauty Bargainista said...

On Tonya, I know how that is! When I ran my photography studio out of my home, it was sooooo hard to keep it organized and clean! what a pain!! SOOOOO glad I went to on-location photography! LOL :)

and you girls are all so sweet, I am so glad everyone has enjoyed the project! I should have another one very soon!!!!!!

Kelly said...

Wow, just simply stunning.

Brillant idea!

Shannon said...

So cute and creative!!

ko said...

so creative! you crack me up!!!!!

GingerLouise Clothing said...

Beautiful job, forget the chores, its great just as a coat hook!

GingerLouise Clothing said...

Beautiful job, forget the chores, its great just as a coat hook!

nikkicrumpet said...

I wonder if this is working yet...I tried to leave several messages...just wanted you to know this was really genius...and it looks great too!

Jessie Brown said...

FABULOUS! I love this! I am definately going to work it into my home. What a great idea...and so inexpensive!!

Astrid in Bristling Acres said...

Great idea- and VERY pretty too!

I've been planning on making a peg rack to hang up art smocks in the play area...Thank you for the visual reminder to buy the materials!

Sallie said...

I will definitely be trying this thanks for posting.

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