Hello all! I hope your back to school preparations are going smoothly. Kids around the country are already back in class. But here in Minnesota, most schools truly begin after Labor Day. Just one last hooray before it’s back to homework and school schedules. It’s not the most fun, but it is nice to get into the everyday groove once again. Sadly my cleaning routine escaped out the window when I opened up my house this summer. But with the coming autumn, I’ll get it back in line. To help my cleaning become a manageable routine, I created this magnetic cleaning calendar that I know you’ll love too!
Rustic and refined, this cleaning calendar is a fantastic addition to your family command center. The metal and kraft paper create farmhouse charm in this chart. The printout is clear with a pleasant font thats cute but still easy to read. With a fresh white frame and cute button magnets, your family will enjoy checking off their chores. There’s even a daily cleaning printout and a weekly deep cleaning printout. So you can easily maintain a clean and cozy home.
You will need the following for this handy and adorable DIY:
- 8 x10 frame with backing and wall hanger
- 8 x 10 duct cap or small sheet of thin metal
- Rubber dipped safety gloves
- Tin snips
- Letter size craft paper
- Printout (download here for the daily calendar & here for the deep cleaning weekly calendar)
- Decoupage glue
- Foam brush
- Assorted small buttons
- 1/2 to 1/4 inch round magnets
- Hot glue gun and glue sticks
Begin by cutting your duct metal to size. You can either use a sheet of ductwork or if you find a duct cap in your frame size you can use that. I found out that a sheet of ductwork is actually easier to cut than the cap. While the bent edges of the cap makes it simple to cut the metal to size, it is more rigid. Which does make it tricker to cut.
Remember to put on your rubber coated safety gloves when handling metal! Cut metal is extremely sharp. So please be careful cutting.
If you are using a sheet of metal, I recommend using a permanent marker and ruler to mark out the size you need first. Then you can cut it out. Once you have have your metal cut to size, carefully set it aside for later.
Next you need to download and print out the cleaning calendar you want. The kraft paper cardstock I used is heavier than normal printer paper so I recommend that you manually feed it into your printer to avoid a paper jam.
Both printables are 7 inches by 7 inches, so you don’t need to scale it. The square size also leaves space at the bottom of your 8 by 10 frame for magnets. Best to have those close at hand to check off completed chores.
Next cut the printout along the outside line. Then grab your decoupage glue and carefully grab your cut metal. Brush a good amount of glue all over your metal sheet. Press the printable on to the metal. Try to keep the distance between the edge of the metal and the edge of the paper the same on the sides and top. Then brush a coat of decoupage over the top of the page especially around the edges. Set that aside to dry.
The reason I didn’t make this an 8 by 8 printout is if the paper goes to the edge of the metal the paper won’t seal down. Also the bigger the sheet of the paper the more likely you are to have bubbles. But since the kraft paper it stiffer than normal paper it does help to with that.
To make your magnets for checking off chores, it’s time to get out the glue gun.
After raiding your button box, I recommend collecting your buttons and magnets on a glass plate. It’s much easier to peel dried hot glue off of glass than some other surfaces.
To make the magnets, apply some hot glue on to one of the magnets. Then take a button and press it into the glue on the magnet. Let it cool and repeat with the rest of the magnets and buttons.
Now those magnets can stand by while you assemble your cleaning calendar.
Start by disassembling your frame. Then carefully place your metal calendar sheet into the frame first and stack everything else back in after it. So the calendar will be facing out with everything else hiding behind it. Secure the back, and you have your own cleaning calendar.
Isn’t it just adorable! I really do love this project. Finally a reminder to clean that I’ll actually like looking at. Checking off the chores is easy too. I do recommend getting enough magnets to check off all of the chores. For some reason I didn’t get quite enough so I’ll be running to the craft store to get more. For once I’m actually looking forward to getting into a cleaning routine. 😀
Another way to inspire you to clean is to get a new cleaning gadget. It will make cleaning easier and more enjoyable. How about this 2 in 1 Pressure Washer from Koblenz that’s available at Heartland America right now.
This handy tool is not just a pressure washer with 1850 PSI, but it can also be a wet/dry vacuum. So with just one device you can clean off decks and outdoor furniture and vacuum your car, boat, and garage. This 2 in 1 machine comes with multiple attachments to take on whatever’s on your cleaning list. With all these features this washer will sell out fast, so check it out while you can. Supplies are limited so check out everything Heartland America has to offer and don’t miss out on great deals.
Summer is wrapping up and I hope you have a great time with your family before normal life begins again. I hope this cleaning calendar will put a bit of fun back into everyday routines. Next time I’ll be bringing you a delicious recipe that is just what you need for fall. Until then have fun, stay safe, and remember you are always welcome at home with Heartland.