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Kaper Chart – Girl Scout Activity Assignments

I was asked to make our Daisy Troop a kaper chart (assignment board) for our meetings.  I love a good project so I accepted the challenge.

The girls have been learning how to take care of their planet and recycle so what better way to make something for the troop than up cycle something old?  I needed to use something portable and changeable since I am sure that a lot of the assignments will change as the year goes on.

I happened to have some baking sheets that I should have thrown out long ago so that was my something old.

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Project List:

  • Baking Sheet
  • Spray Paint
  • Chalkboard Paint
  • Large Plastic Buttons
  • Painters Tape
  • Acrylic Paint
  • Paint Brush
  • Chalkboard Markers
  • Scissors
  • Magnet Tape
  • Back of a picture frame
  • Super glue

The first thing I did was spray paint the baking sheet with a bright color.  I used Valspar Tropical Rainforest.

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After letting the spray painted pan sit overnight, I then taped up the sides with painters tape and painted the bottom of the pan with chalkboard paint.

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While the pan was drying I started working on my magnets.  I had some colorful large buttons that I bought for a rainy day project that were perfect for this.  I put painters tape in the middle of the buttons to cover the holes and painted with acrylic paint.  Then I wrote the girl’s names on a piece of paper and glued to the buttons.

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Next I put a piece of magnet “tape” on the back of each button.

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Next I needed to figure out how to get my kaper chart to stand and still be portable.  I grabbed the back of a picture frame and took out all of the metal pieces and spray painted it

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I am sure that I could have filled the holes and painted again to make it look cleaner but I was in a hurry to put it together.  I super glued the frame to the back of my chart

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I used my chalkboard markers to write the activities and added my magnets and was finished!!

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The chalkboard markers are erasable so the assignments can be updated as the girls grow.  The chart is portable and can be propped up anywhere.  I am thinking about making another one for my kids chores…….

Chalkboard Dresser

I purchased a dresser from a local discount store a while back for my daughter.  I thought I would be able to put it together with no problems.  I was wrong.  I apparently am not good at putting furniture together.  After about a month the drawers just fell out of the dresser.  It was kind of funny and kind of not since we couldn’t really use it anymore.  Then my Aunt and Uncle called and said they had a few dressers they were trying to get rid of.  I jumped on it and picked up two good and solid dressers.  The larger one I decided to makeover for my daughter.

The dresser before it’s makeover…….

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My daughter’s room is done in what we call ‘Monster High” colors.  I had some left over paint from that endeavor so I knew I was either painting this thing pink or turquoise.  I let her choose.  She picked turquoise.

My Project List:

  • Deglosser
  • Sponge
  • Paint
  • Primer
  • Chalkboard Paint
  • Chalk
  • Gloves
  • Paint Brush
  • Screwdriver
  • New Knobs

I started by taking off the knobs and sponging the deglosser on the wood to rough up the surface.  It took 2 coats.  Next I used primer on the entire dresser.  When the primer dried I painted two coats of turquoise paint on the dresser and two coats of chalkboard paint on the faces of the drawers.  After the drawers dried I chalked them up and wiped them down.

Secured the new knobs and viola a new dresser!!

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Here is the dresser in its new home……..

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My daughter was excited to have such a colorful dresser and I was excited it was a functioning dresser.

I have big plans for the dresser that I put together terribly.  The drawers may not work but dang it the frame is still together so I can so SOMETHING with it.

And as for the other dresser that I got from my Aunt and Uncle, that will be a future post………