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Tuesday, September 02, 2014

Chore Spinner by Diana

Hi! Diana Fisher here today to share with you this Chore Spinner I made for my son. As I'm sure with most of us, summer is a time to get off track and let the kiddos play a bit more than usual. Now, with fall back in the mix, it's time to get them on schedule and on task — which can mean more chores. 

For us, we have a hard time picking which chore my son should do — well not anymore! Using the Game Spinner file from Samantha Walker, I made this chore spinner to help my son choose which chore to do next. 

This is how the file looks when you download it. I did follow the advice for a more sturdy spinner and cut mine out of heavy card stock twice and glued the two pieces together. That seems to work really well.

Since I don't need the numbers, I deleted them. I then separated all of the pieces of the file and put them on two sheets. The backboard and base of the spinner on one with the double spinners, and below you can see the two sets of triangles for the spinner spaces.

Once I had all of the pieces cut, it was time to start to assemble the spinner.

Because my handwriting is not the best, I chose to use a letters stamp set that is small enough to fit the spinner's triangle shapes. I put the assembled words on an acrylic block and used black Versafine ink to stamp them,

After each piece was stamped, I assembled and adhered them to the circle. 

After that is done, you can layer the pieces together and assemble them with the small brad. Make sure that the brad is loose so that the spinner will move. 

I placed 3-4 sheets of card stock between the pieces to get them to lift off of each other and then put the brad in. I then removed the pieces and the spinner had plenty of space to spin around.

For one last touch I put a hole in the top corner of my background square and threaded it with a piece of twine and tied a loop. Now I can hang the chore spinner on a hook where we'll be more apt to see it and use it.

I hope you enjoyed this idea and fine fun ways to use the spinner file for yourself!

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