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Tuesday, July 30, 2013

.:Tutorial Tuesday–Chore Board:.

My girls are pretty young, but that doesn’t mean that they can’t and shouldn’t be contributing to the chores around our house! There are basic things that they are responsible for doing every day, and I knew it would be fun for them to have a visual reminder and tracking of their chores. So I decided to make them a little chore board.

Chore Board - Sumo's Sweet Stuff - Easy system for young children!

I had the help of my wonderful affiliates and sponsors, Cricut & Vinyl Outlet, to do the job! Here’s what you need to get started:

- frame
- vinyl (Vinyl Outlet has an amazing selection! So many options!)
- transfer tape
- liquid gilding
- paintbrush
- painter’s tape (not pictured)
- Sharpie
- tissue paper, wrapping paper, scrapbook paper, etc. for background of frame (not pictured)
- ruler

Chore Board - Sumo's Sweet Stuff - Easy system for young children!

Now, this frame is perfectly fine. But my husband and I don’t really use brown in our decorating, and this will probably be hanging in my girls’ room, which also has no brown. So I needed to change it. If you’ve got a frame that you can just use without altering, more power to ya! I didn’t, so I went ahead and taped the edges of the frame so that I could cover up the brown parts. Then I gave the brown part a couple of coats of liquid gilding. I took the glass out before using the gilding. (Accept my apologies for the blurry picture. My camera was struggling that day! We’ve got a new one now, so hopefully no more of that!)

Chore Board - Sumo's Sweet Stuff - Easy system for young children!

Set the frame aside to dry. Before I had taken the glass out, I had traced – with a dry erase marker - where the frame hit on the glass to know where the vinyl would be able to go, and how much room I had to work with. Then I measured and marked, using dots first.

Chore Board - Sumo's Sweet Stuff - Easy system for young children!

Then I used a ruler to draw the lines with the Sharpie.

Chore Board - Sumo's Sweet Stuff - Easy system for young children!

You can erase the dry erase lines now; just be careful, dry erase marker is a great way to remove Sharpie from glass! Learned that little trick when I was teaching!

Now it’s time to get busy designing in the Cricut software – Cricut Craft Room. I figured words and pictures would be would be great for my pre-K gals. I kept the wording simple, but what I used was: bed (making beds in the morning & getting beds ready at night), brush (teeth, morning & night), dishes (setting table & clearing table), clothes (putting jammies away, getting dressed, putting clothes in dirty clothes), and toys (cleaning up throughout the day). I measured the frame, and figured out how much space I would have for the names across the top, and the chores down the side and made my designs to fit.

Chore Board - Sumo's Sweet Stuff - Easy system for young children!

Since Vinyl Outlet has so many fun sparkly vinyls, I knew my girls would love them all. So I cut pieces of vinyl to the sizes I needed, and used the marks on the cutting mat to figure out where to put them to match up to my design.

Chore Board - Sumo's Sweet Stuff - Easy system for young children!

Set the Cricut machine to vinyl, change the settings on the machine, and cut away! When done cutting, remove the negative space from the vinyl.

Chore Board - Sumo's Sweet Stuff - Easy system for young children!

Place transfer tape over each design and rub over it hard so that the vinyl will stick to the transfer tape.

Chore Board - Sumo's Sweet Stuff - Easy system for young children!

Start placing the vinyl! Peel up the transfer tape from the vinyl backing; the vinyl should stick to it. If it doesn’t, place it back down and rub it a few more times. Place the vinyl where you would like it to go.

Chore Board - Sumo's Sweet Stuff - Easy system for young children!

Slowly peel up the transfer tape. Same thing; if the vinyl comes back up, put the transfer tape back down and rub it a few more times.

Chore Board - Sumo's Sweet Stuff - Easy system for young children!

Looking good!

Chore Board - Sumo's Sweet Stuff - Easy system for young children!

Put the glass back in the frame, put some paper back in, and it’s time to start marking chores!

Chore Board - Sumo's Sweet Stuff - Easy system for young children!

This one was super excited to start marking down her chores! What chores do you have your kids do?

Chore Board - Sumo's Sweet Stuff - Easy system for young children!

If you are thinking of doing a vinyl project, be sure to consider Vinyl Outlet! The selection and quality is amazing! Be sure to grab the code from my sidebar for a discount! You can check out my arrow tanks here to see another project made with Vinyl Outlet products.

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