Monday, May 3, 2010

Apple Barrel Chore Chart

While I was visiting my aunt and cousins last month, the little craft fairy started planting ideas in my head about making them a chore chart.

I had the notion of apples in a bucket and this is how it turned out:
There are two components to this project - the apples and the baskets. I worked on them both at the same time, piecing everything together until it worked, but for clarity's sake we'll talk about one and then the other.

I used Sure Cuts A Lot to make the apples with the words cut out. I cut those onto red card stock and then cut blank white apples and glued them together.

After procuring some popsicle sticks I glued them onto the white part of the apples.

Then I cut more blank red apples and glued those on to cover the pop sticks.
Part One Complete!!

Onto the baskets...

I found these berry baskets at Garnish and fell in love!
I painted the rims in burnt umber and the sides in latte acrylic paint.  Latte is almost the same color as the wood.  I did this very rough so the wood still showed through and to protect it a bit.  I later went back and painted the inside rim burnt umber, too.
Now here comes the wacky part.  I needed a way to keep the pop sticks standing up and my light bulb idea was egg cartons!  I used the plastic kind and cut two four bump sections then mangled them up like so:
I cut off the sleeve of an old green sweatshirt and hot glued it onto the cartons fuzzy side up so it kinda looked like grass.  You can see it peeking out below.
To finish up, I cut more apples to say "chores" and "done" and put them together the same as before, minus the pop sticks. I did add an eyelet to each. Then I took some twine and wove it around the baskets to kind of lock them together. I'll be sending this out later in the week. I really hope my cousin has fun with his first chore chart - he is 3 1/2 so these aren't so much chores as daily tasks, but hopefully he has fun and learns about responsibility.

I've been a busy bee, so I have lots more things to post coming up!!




  1. Heather, Heather, are BRILLIANT! I was trying to think up some kind of chore chart system to use for my girl's and THIS IS IT!! Thank you so much for sharing this great idea. I am going to go to Michael's later this week to get the supplies needed to create this. I am so excited.


  2. What a great thing for youngin's! I almost need a reward system like that! :) xoxo

  3. I LOVE this idea. My son is also 3 1/2, and this would be a great thing for him to do! I really like the one that says " Be nice to Maya". I have a 16 month old daughter so I might have to add 2 be nice to your sister chores! Thanks for sharing!


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