craft: pinwheel chore chart

Tuesday, September 20, 2011

Today, we welcome the talented Talia Sinkinson to share with IHB readers the creative way she keeps chores in line with her roommates. The sister of my amazing coworker, Talia is an artistic young woman who inspires me with her talent and desire to be more creative every day.

Nothing affected my crafting career more than learning how to make a pinwheel. I finally found my go-to embellishment for a bedroom, birthday card, or, as I discovered this fall, a chore chart! When I moved into an apartment with three of my best friends, I knew that delegating chores would be important and what better way than an ornamental chore chart. Every week, we spin the pinwheel and each person is charged with a new task. Practical and it adds some color to our fridge! Here are my step-by-step directions for how you can make your own pinwheel.

Start with two sheets of scrapbook paper, a thumbtack or fastener, a pen, and scissors. Choose one sheet of paper for the pinwheel and one for the chart.

Cut the sheet you’ll be using for the pinwheel into quarters. You’ll only use one quarter of this sheet for the pinwheel. Fold the pinwheel sheet diagonally, both ways.
Cut along each folded line 3/4 of the way to the center of the page. You should now have 8 separate corners along the perimeter of the paper. Bring alternating corners to the center of the sheet. Hold them down using your finger. The corners should overlap.
Punch the tack or fastener through each corner and through the center of the pinwheel.
Fold the remaining sheet of paper into quarters. Write each chore in a quadrant. Make on hole in the center of the this sheet. Poke the fastener through this hold to attach the pinwheel to the bottom sheet.

Ta-da! Your pinwheel chore chart!

Thank you Talia for being a part of Inspired Honey Bee and sharing with our readers your creative idea for helping moms keep kids in check (or husbands) and encouraging roommates to share responsibility!

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