3.17.2008

Not necessarily applicable to the craft fair . . .

So here is a wild little craft. I decided to get all organized and make a chore sheet for the kids where they could check off the jobs as they did them . . . but it started to take on a life of it's own and ended up a little more extreme than what I had first started off to make! I designed this on the computer, and then printed it off. (In two pieces since it's bigger than 8.5 X 11 - I just made the break point at the bottom of the red area so you don't see the seam.) Then I laminated the front of it - I figured that since this would be in the kitchen it would have a fair amount of things splashed on it, and a computer printout bleeds if it gets wet. Next (follow me closely here!) I painted the back side of a cookie sheet with a sky blue enamel paint. After it had dried, I Modge-Podged the chore sheet onto it, leaving a snappy blue enamel border around the edges. Note the subtle cunning: It is now not only spill proof, un-crumpleable and hard to lose, it is also magnetic!
So the next step was obviously to make some snazzy little magnets. I had a pack of those little round ones, so I made a star on the computer the same size as the magnet and printed out 20. They all got the same treatment as the chore sheet with the laminate and Modge-Podge routine.

I popped a few of the plain magnets on the back of the cookie sheet and stuck it to the fridge - and now when the kids have done one of their chores they give it a star . . . they love it, and it makes it easy for me to check who's done their jobs!

3 comments:

bethany said...

I have to say, this project is insane... insanely awesome!! way to go! Sure beats the piece of construction paper with markers on the fridge. I think you should sell these, or some sort of modified version of them... it's great!

Elizabeth said...

Very cool!

Allison said...

Oh my goodness that is fantastic. Whenever get up to 4 or 5 kids I totally want to have one of those! :)