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SURPRISE YOUR KIDS WITH A CHORE BOARD WHEN THEY GET HOME FROM SCHOOL

Posted By Heather Rusick on 9/19/11 10:17 AM

Chore board

The little rug rats are back in school which means no more fighting, screaming or wet kids running around! Now that the apartment is all yours, well at least for most of the day, what are you going to do with your quiet time? I know, you can turn on some jams and get your craft on. Better yet get your craft on and make a chore dry erase board for your kids, when they get home they will be welcomed with a wonderful surprise.

Here’s what you need:

What You’ll Need:

  • Clear adhesive backed laminate or “contact” paper
  • A sheet of MDF – Larger, pre-cut sizes are available or you can ask the hardware store to cut a 24 x 48 inch sheet into 8 12 x 12 boards.
  • White latex primer
  • Craft glue
  • Decorating materials - pencils, markers, ink, or paint for decorating
  • A sharp craft blade and a self-healing board
  • Dry erase markers – this is for the chore delegation

Craft Time!

  1. Prime your MDF board and let dry. To personalize the board with a border, measure about 1 ½ - 2 inches from the edge of the board and draw a line or tape it off so you know where the border ends.
  2. Now have some fun, decorate the border with your decorating materials and personalize it for your family. Let dry once you are finished decorating.
  3. It's dry erase board time. In order to turn the beautiful board you just created into a dry erase board, you will need to apply contact paper. Place the board on the contact paper and cut around, make sure you cut along the edges leaving a little extra, about a ½ inch, which we will cut off later.  Once the paper is cut pull off the backing of the contact paper to expose the sticky side, make sure you have it sticky side up. Carefully place the contact paper on the decorated side of your board using a light touch (you will fine tune in a minute). Adjust the contact paper on the board to your liking and apply firm pressure to fully secure the paper.
    1. To add extra security to your contact paper, lift the four corners and place a bead of glue in each corner before your firmly secure the paper.
  4. Now that your border is dry you may have a little extra contact paper left over. Place your board face down, grab your craft knife and cut along the edges, removing excess contact paper and glue residue.
  5. To finish up your dry erase “chore”  board paint the back and edges of the board or use spray adhesive to attach a piece of fabric – its your choice.
    • If you would like to add an extra touch, secure a ribbon on the back of the board and use it to hang on the wall.

Now it’s time for the real fun, start writing all the wonderful chores your kiddies get to do when they get home. Don’t you just love when school is back in session!

Do you have a chore board at home? Send us pictures.