Easy DIY Chore Chart System for Your Command Center


While this summer has been a bit out of control with a lot of summer fun, in two weeks my kids start school. And before they even head through those double doors onto another adventure this year, I need that summer chaos honed down a bit.  Now I’ve used a chore chart app with my kids for the last like 5 years, and we’ve had past chore charts that have failed because it just wasn’t easy to find dry erase markers or the kids left the lids off.  This though has been wonderful used in conjunction with an app that tallies up the points they receive from each chore to be redeemed for time with friends, media time, treats, or even ice cream dates with mom or dad. While I’ve used this wonderful app called Chore Pad the last four years, they still needed a visual. So like I always do, I scoured Pinterest for ideas and saw a pin I’ve seen a few times that I saved and decided to go ahead and finally implement. 

Now my chore charts look different but I have to credit The Crafty Chicks for supplying the template for me to download. If you like this template, head on over there and leave them a wonderful comment about it. They’ll be glad I sent ya. 

The template comes blank so you can fill it in yourself. So I opened the jpeg up in a Word document and made the jpeg as big as the whole document and set the image to stay fixed behind text boxes. I have a YouTube tutorial you can watch that will show you how to do this if you don’t quite know what I’m talking about. After adding my own chores to the chart for each of my kids, I printed them out.

Now I have a lot more tasks for my kids than this chore chart allotted for. (Maybe I’m a mean Mom?) Anyway, I used one side for morning chores and flipped the other side over for evening chores and laminated it. Now if you don’t have a laminator and don’t want to purchase one, I suggest printing them out and gluing them to card stock paper to give them more sturdiness. I love laminating things and I have a little desk one that I bought off amazon for $20 bucks and I love using this thing!  The perks of laminating this chore chart, especially the one I use for summertime, is to leave some blank spaces to use with a dry erase marker for chores that might change from day to day. 

The advantage of laminating is, that you can leave a few spots blank and change the chore from day to day with a dry erase marker.

Now because my metal sheets are different from The Crafty Chicks, I wanted to make my chore chart a little smaller, not quite the size of an 8×10 sheet of paper, so I shrank the template a little bit to fit the tin plagues that I picked out for a whopping $2.97 from Walmart .

I love these because they are already hangable! There’s no measuring the wall and making sure each nail hole is aligned the right way. You just hang it! After purchasing the metal slates (and making sure they were indeed magnetic), I took a trip to Michael’s to get my other supplies. 

Here’s what I spent: 

  1. Magnet buttons 50-count (small) (You won’t need 50 but I couldn’t them in smaller counts)  $3.24
  2. magnetic tape (specify size)  $2.19 
  3. Puffy Sports Stickers (small the size of the round magnets) $2.49
  4. Medium Clothes Pins 30 count (once again, I couldn’t get a smaller count, but you’ll only need 2) $3.99
  5. Black Wooden Letters .99 each

Total including metal slates from Wal-Mart: $19.83. This total is to make two chore charts, if you only need to make one, it doesn’t really cost you much less. It ends up being $19.83. 

Now some of the things I already had, that you might need to buy:

  1. A laminator if you don’t have one. (Or you can simply glue this printable to cardstock to make the printable a bit thicker.)
  2. A corner rounder for paper: I cut it down to size to fit on the slate well and rounded the corners. You don’t need to round the corners of the paper if you don’t want to, but I thought they looked great rounded. 

Now the rest of this project is literally just sticking stickers to magnets and cutting the magnetic tape down to stick to the back of letters and clothespins. Easy-peasy right? 

 Once you stick your magnets and stickers on to your chart, it’s really ready to go! It took me maybe 10 minutes max to make both chore charts once I got through adjusted the template to my liking on the computer, printing and laminating them. 

 And here’s my kids excited to use their new chore charts. Well maybe “excited” is a bit of a stretch, but at least they gave me smiling faces for these photos. 😉 

I use the round sticker in the corner of each plaque to show the boys how many points they’ve earned. You can use that chore pad chart app, I told you about in the beginning of the post, or maybe a jar system that counts marbles or gems to redeem points for their chores to earn things.

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19 thoughts on “Easy DIY Chore Chart System for Your Command Center

  1. We have lost track of keeping track of chores with a system. I should definitely give this a try, because getting the kids to do chores has become a battle.

  2. I had a very similar chore chart for my kids when they were little. It worked like a charm, they were so motivated to do their chores with a chart like this.

  3. This is a creative and fun looking idea! I can make one for myself as I keep forgetting things. Just need a few changes.

  4. Having a chore chart is really a good idea by this way we are able to teach our kids to be more accountable and responsible person.

  5. This is such a great idea. I’ll have to make some of these and have the kids help. I know they’ll love making them for sure.

  6. I have a chore list on the fridge for my oldest, and so far that works, but he keeps erasing it when hes done… I really need to try this – so I don’t have to keep Re-writing it.

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