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Wednesday, June 23, 2010

{burlap chore chart}

The summer arrived, and I knew I must get going on the chore chart I had been wanting to do forever. My love of burlap, clothespins, and ribbon came together in this project, and I am just thrilled about how it turned out. Hopefully my kids will be just as excited. :)

Burlap Chore Chart

Items you need:
  • art canvas, desired size (Michael's is a great place to get these, because they are often on a 40%-50% sale, or you can use one of their 40% off coupons. I spent $5 for this 12x24 canvas. You could use wood (plywood or MDF) cut to size, but it will be much heavier.)
  • burlap, cut to size, with an additional 2-3 inches overlap
  • nail gun
  • 7/8 inch ribbon
  • cardstock
  • 2 inch circle cutter
  • distress ink
  • clothespins
  • 3/8 inch ribbon to cover clothespins
  • double stick tape
  • foam stamps
  • craft paint

1. Lay out your burlap flat, then place your canvas upside down on top of it. Fold over the edges of your burlap, and using the nail gun, nail the burlap to the canvas. It is really helpful to have two people doing this--one to use the nail gun, and the other to fold over the burlap and stretch it tightly. Be generous with your nails, making sure there are no gaps in the burlap. Fold the edges over neatly, and staple those in place.

2. Using a ruler, figure out how to space your ribbons evenly across the canvas. I needed three ribbons (one for each child), and my canvas was 24 inches wide. I placed the ribbons at 6 inches, 12 inches, and 18 inches, leaving 6 inches on either end and in between each other. Nail these in place. You want them to be fairly tight, and not too loose, but they do need to be loose enough that you can get the clothespins off and on.

3. Print the desired text on the cardstock, then cut them out with the circle cutter. I did circles for each chore, and then I also did more circles with "well done", "good job", etc. for the other side (to see when they completed the chore and turned the clothespin over). Distress all the edges.

4. I LOVE these ribbon covered clothespins! It is much, much, easier than cutting out paper and mod podging them on. I discovered that 3/8 inch ribbon fits perfectly on a clothespin, so I just attached it with double stick tape on each side, and cut the excess on the back side of the clothespin to get as close as possible. Using fray check on the ends will prevent your ends from fraying.

5. Using double stick tape, adhere the chore circles to one side of the clothespins, and your praise circles on the other side. Clip them to the ribbons on your board.

6. Stamp your desired text directly on to the burlap, using the foam stamps and craft paint. I have found that it's the easiest to just use my finger to apply the paint to the stamp--it lets you control the "gloppiness" that can sometimes happen. Remember--it's going to look cutest if it's not perfect--the charm comes with the imperfection.

And you're done! This method will also let you change the chores very easily, just removing the current chore circles and replacing them with new ones.



Blogger Knit Purl Gurl said...

I'm totally making this for my kids! (Well, more for me than my kids.. )

June 23, 2010 at 11:02 AM  
Blogger Renee said...

So cute! The font you used is so you know what it's called? Thanks!

June 23, 2010 at 11:23 AM  
Blogger Leanne said...

What a cute chore chart. I'm hosting We're Organized Wednesday link party. I would love if you could join.

June 23, 2010 at 11:32 AM  
Blogger Dina said...

LOOOOOVVVVEEEE this! I've been looking at chore chart ideas for months now... I'm thinkin' I've found THE one! My kids are pre-K so they don't read yet but pictures on those cute would that be???!!!!

June 23, 2010 at 12:11 PM  
Blogger Kim @ seven thirty three said...

I love this chart! It would look SO nice in my kitchen and it is functional. Thanks for sharing.

June 23, 2010 at 12:13 PM  
Blogger Jessica said...

what a cute idea... too bad I'm the only one that does the chores around the house! I wonder if my 2 year old would be up to some stuff?? LOL JK

June 23, 2010 at 12:33 PM  
Blogger Erin said...

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June 23, 2010 at 12:44 PM  
Blogger Katie said...

That is adorable!!! Love the clothespins!

June 23, 2010 at 12:50 PM  
Blogger Erica said...

love it!

June 23, 2010 at 1:14 PM  
Blogger Erin said...

Sorry, forgot to ask where you got the foam stamps from?? Thanks!

June 23, 2010 at 1:18 PM  
Blogger Amanda @ Serenity Now said...

Love it! It's a really neat chore chart that isn't too "kiddie" looking. :)

June 23, 2010 at 1:27 PM  
Blogger The Fifth Street Mama said...

Love this! I am totally going to post it in my Saturday Links this weekend!

June 23, 2010 at 4:36 PM  
Blogger Janae -- Thoughts in Vinyl said...

That is so cute! My son is always begging me to make a chore chart...I guess I better get on it while he thinks it is fun to do chores. I love the whole project!!

June 23, 2010 at 6:00 PM  
Blogger ellie g said...

Totally cute! Totally! I love everything about it. I think I might even be talked into doing a chore.....nah!

June 23, 2010 at 8:08 PM  
Blogger aurora said...

Wowie Zowie!! I double-love that. ;-) Thx a bunch.

June 23, 2010 at 8:09 PM  
Blogger Shawna said...

I am in love with this project, can't wait to create one for my own monsters!!!

June 23, 2010 at 8:22 PM  
Blogger brown paper packages said...

Renee--The font is called Pea Heather, and it's a free font from She has scrapbook fonts, and "pea" handwriting fonts...all free!

Erin--I got the foam stamps from a scrapbook store. They are by Making Memories, and the font is called Philadelphia.

June 23, 2010 at 9:54 PM  
Blogger Cristan said...

Such a cute idea! Thanks for sharing! I'm featuring you on my site today for all my teacher friends! This would work great in a classroom for classroom jobs too!

June 24, 2010 at 6:55 AM  
Blogger Melissa said...

So great! The burlap is darling and I love the red ribbon you used!

June 24, 2010 at 4:24 PM  
Blogger The Youngbloods said...

That is really cute! What a neat idea!

June 24, 2010 at 6:51 PM  
Blogger Leanne said...

Thanks for sharing your chore chart at We're Organized Wednesday. I think this is the cutest one I've ever seen. Have a beautiful weekend!

June 25, 2010 at 12:39 AM  
Blogger Laurel @ Ducks in a Row said...

Totally cute idea - it looks great!

June 25, 2010 at 9:50 AM  
Blogger Daisy said...

What a cute chore chart, it is very pretty.

June 25, 2010 at 5:38 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

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June 26, 2010 at 11:51 AM  
Blogger the thrifty ba said...

projects like this make me love your blog-soi gave it an award here...

June 28, 2010 at 2:06 PM  
Blogger Jessica said...

Just found your site. LOVE this and can't wait to make it. I also have all of Amanda's pea fonts -- and particularly like the one you chose for this project! Off to read the rest of the blog... :)

July 8, 2010 at 1:27 PM  
Blogger Rebecca Tollett said...

Such a great idea! What size font did you use?

August 13, 2010 at 10:48 PM  
Blogger Sawdust and Paperscraps said...

Great idea.

October 23, 2010 at 8:50 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

This is a great idea! I'm going to do something similar & make a "what to get done in the morning before leaving for school/church" chart for my kiddos!

February 13, 2011 at 9:42 PM  
Blogger va_grown said...

I am just loving so many of your projects and how great your directions are for trying it at home! Thanks for sharing!

I've started a small Wed craft and creativity link up at my blog and would love for you to consider coming by and linking up a post on Weds. You're projects are great!

March 30, 2011 at 11:14 AM  

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