Jan 9, 2013

diy chore chart

My kids are getting to the age where they can be in charge of completing chores during the day. {This is hard for me because I would just rather do all the chores myself to make sure it's done how I like... I know I'm a bit controlling and I am learning how to share some of the responsibilities} So I made this chore chart to help keep track of the kids chores and also a reward system for when they do their chores or other good things. {They each get to put a little pebble in their jar when they do their chore for that day, and if they are disobedient, then they get a pebble taken out, when they fill their jar they get to pick a prize like going out for ice cream or having a movie night, etc. So far this works really well for Jackson... but Parker doesn't really care if you take one out. When he is disobedient, he's like, "mom it's ok you can take a pebble out of my jar." Before I even threaten it! And Elly is too young to even know what's going on, but she does like putting pebbles in her jar when she sees Jackson and Parker doing it} But overall I think it works and will work even better when the kids are older.

To Make:
first. Cut some slats of wood from an old pallet or you could use regular common board that you have stained.
second. Nail some scrap wood to the back to keep all of the pallet slats together.
third. Buy these pipe clamps in the plumbing section of a hardware store. You want to make sure that they are the same size as the little mason jars you use. 
Then attach them to your wood. I just hammered a nail in the clamp. You could also screw it in, but I think the nail was easier and would work fine. If you did a bigger jar, you may want to use a screw or do two to make sure that it supports the weight.  
I bought some mason jars from Hobby Lobby. You can slide the mason jar in the clamp and just tighten the clamp to get the mason jar to fit snug.
fourth. For the paint, I just taped off the areas I wanted painted white. {I really like frogger tape, I think it's way better than the blue painter's tape} After the paint dried, I sanded it a little with a medium grit sandpaper to get a distressed look.
fifth. To get the words on there, you could use vinyl lettering or stenciling, but I chose to do a stamping technique that I often use. You just type up the words you want in PowerPoint or something and then reverse the image so that it appears backwards {don't forget this step because when you transfer the words to your wood they will appear backwards if you don't switch it on the computer} Then print it on to the shiny side of some freezer paper in your printer. Immediately press the wet ink side of the paper on to your boards. When you lift up the paper, you will be left with a light stamp on your boards. For some reason, this appeared very light {I think some of the ink absorbed in to the wood} so I went back and filled it in with a sharpie. {If this is your first time stamping something like this, you should definitely practice on another piece of paper or something instead of your wood because there is a bit of a learning curve}
sixth. I hot glued these metal clips to the board. This way I can change out their chore lists at any time. I also covered the clips with some washi tape.
seventh. I picked up some pebbles from Ikea and we were all set!

46 comments:

  1. Really really great! Love the entire look of this. And love the washi tape detail!

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  2. Well this is WAY better than plain old stickers on a calendar! Really cute. Great idea using the washi tape on the binder clips!

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  3. Oh my goodness, I LOVE this. I really want to make one. I only have one kiddo that can do chores, but I'm going to have to try to figure out how to make this work. I've been seeing all of these pallet craft, but where do people get pallets?

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    1. I have found them on the side of the road being thrown out as trash and also I called a cement plant and asked if they had any old pallets they were throwing away, they said I could just pick some up. You could also try a construction company.

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  4. Love it! I would have to adjust it some since I only have one child. Pinning it now. Thank you!

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  5. Your chore chart is functional & oh so shabby chic! I'm sharing on my facebook page. Thanks for linking up! IT'S A PARTY @ Three Mango Seeds

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  6. Sarah, I love how you converted these plain boards to this beautiful and so functional DIY chore chart! I'll have to try this freezer paper transfer method! Thanks for linking up your creativity at It's Party Time! I'd love to feature you in my Features post - could I ask you a favor nad please add my party link to your post? http://www.settingforfour.com/2013/01/its-party-time-1-13-2013-linky-party.html
    Thanks so much and again - thanks so much for sharing your fabulous craftiness!!

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  7. Love this. Would you be able to share the dimensions of the pallet strips you cut? thanks for sharing.

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    1. I cut them 13.5 inches long. The pallet slats are just about 4 inches wide. So the total chore chart ended up being 13.5 inches long and almost 16 inches tall.

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  8. This is really cute. I love the idea of a reward when the jar gets full. :)

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  9. Love the rustic look! The reward system is a great idea too :)

    Visiting via Twigg Studios linky. xx

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  10. That looks really good! My 3 year old loves her mason jar chore reward system too. :)

    I'd love if you shared this project at my Show & Tell party this week. http://www.gingerlymade.com/2013/01/show-tell-9.html

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  11. Thanks for sharing with us at Someday Crafts! I will be featuring your project tomorrow on the blog. Be sure to stop back and get a featured at Someday Crafts button!

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  12. How cute! That's a great idea! Hopefully your kids will get better with the pebble thing..I understand that it might be difficult if they're too young to really understand the reward/punishment aspect. But definitely a fun idea for chores!

    Chloe
    http://rainbowsandhoneysuckle.blogspot.com/

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  13. Prettiest chore chart I've ever seen!! Love it :)

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  14. Wow! Super pretty chore chart! I really like the pebble idea. Not only is it a nice reward/reprimand system, but it also fits in with the decor of the chart.

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  15. Love this! Functional art is all my tiny house has room for. I can't wait to try the freezer paper trick sounds way faster than my usual method. Is there any chance that is a free downloadable font?

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    1. Yes, it is Channel and it was free. I think I downloaded it from dafont.com???

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  16. This is wonderful and I will be making it very soon! I have been looking for one that will allow me to change the chores weekly (my kids rotate them). One question, where do you store the pebbles before they complete the chores? Thanks!

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    1. I just store them in a large mason jar in a cupboard in my kitchen-since that's where the chore chart is.

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  17. Do you need to sand the wood? I wan't to make a head board out of pallets but it seems like I would definitely need to sand the wood so kids don't get splinters.

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    1. If I were making a head board I would sand the wood. I sanded it a little for this chore chart. It can be difficult to sand depending on what kind of shape your wood is in. Sometimes it can be sanded with a little piece of sandpaper but sometimes the wood is so rough it would take an electric sander. And if you use an electric sander you want to make sure that you won't wear down the wood too much if the wood is really old.

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  18. Super cute! Thanks for the idea, and for the tip on your stamping method!

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  19. I have to make this! We use jars of marbles, but they are just sitting on the counter driving me crazy right now! We also have a "marble store" so the older kids can trade in certain amounts for certain privileges (ie computer time, tv time) or rewards (slumber party, movie night, game night). Works really well with the 4 and 9 year old and they are learning a form of "currency"! Thanks for the idea!!

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  20. I am in the middle of making this and I haven't been able to find the font you use on my powerpoint program. Could you tell me the name of it? I absolutely LOVE it!

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    1. I had to download it, it is called Channel, you can download it for free from a handful of websites.

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    2. Great, thank you so much!

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  21. How are you hanging it on the wall?

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    1. I actually used a heavy duty hook on the back-it's like an oversized staple. You could use any sort of picture hanging hooks as long as they are strong enough to hold the weight of all the pebbles in the jars.

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  22. I love this! Will have to make one for my kids

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  23. I love the look of the chart! It is so hard to find a system that works well for all the kids - we're still trying to find one for my youngest but she loves tactile objects to the rocks may work.

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    1. Those metal clips can be found at any office supply store and I just added some washi tape on there.

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  25. This is so cute!! I love your blog and I'm your newest follower :)

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  26. A friend of mine made this for me yesterday. I'm going to have to get a wall anchor to hang it on the wall. I will send you a picture when it's done. It's going to look great on the wall next to my antique chalkboard! Thanks for the idea!

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  27. Great tips everybody. Thanks! I even have a giant colorful sign on my schoolroom that claims 'If not Pine Tree State, who? If not currently, when?'. I refer the kids to the current whenever there's a large number to scrub up, or employment to be done.job chart It's nice to listen to them say it to themselves typically, as they devour a born pencil or one thing (that wasn't even theirs...wow!). I additionally love the method you visit your students as 'friends'. may strive it....
    Thanks!!

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  28. Love it! Just FYI: It's laundry "chute" not laundry shoot.

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    1. Ha that's so funny I spelled it wrong! Great now I have to print off new lists! :) I'm surprised my english major husband never noticed.

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  29. What a good idea... I think I will duplicate this, but for the adults in our family! How about a "no sugar/bread/junkfood" incentive? Ha! I especially love the text part - the hand written look is very personable. Nice job. I'll pin this for sure!

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  30. I'm making this right now, well, my husband is :). Thank you so much for the idea, it is super cute and I'm so excited to put it to use. Do you know what size of jar you used?

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  31. Great visual feedback for the kids. Plus the sign looks great!

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