(DIY Wooden Plank Chore Chart)
My 7 year old has now shown the interest in earning money. He’s quickly understanding the value of hard work. He’s started helping me pair socks together, take out the garbage and recycling, put away game consoles controllers, charge mobile devices/tablets, feed the parakeets, tidy his room and also the playroom. (Just to name a couple.) But now, his service isn’t free. He’s interested in money. What is he saving for? Nothing in particular, but the chance to shop for something at Toys”R”Us or GameStop on his own. What a good boy.
With all the chores he’s able to do, I swiftly needed to create some chore chart. But not any average chore chart you would see being held by a magnet on the fridge, but something custom. Rustic, fun and creative. Something, where I already had many of the supplies here at home. Of course I needed some PINspiration, and I came across The Winthrop Chronicles and her DIY Chore Chart. From there, I knew exactly what I needed.
I knew had some wooden planks I’ve purchased at the antique fair last spring. I purchased a few of them and never once got around to using them. Tucked away under the surface of my craftsman table.
(Off Tangent) Life Experience:
Many of my antique fair purchases were impulse buys. Completely unnecessary. And a waste of money. That is why I no longer go to them anymore. I’ve failed to ask myself a few questions before purchasing anything at the antique fair:
- Will I realistically use it often?
- If Instagram didn’t exist, would I still want it?
- Am I buying it because (The Glitter Guide‘s, Taylor Sterling) had it?
And most importantly,
- Is this an impulse buy? (In most cases, yes. They all were.)
Back to my garage. It’s currently a warehouse filled with random antique artifacts. I thought I needed them, but in reality, I don’t. After gathering everything I had from my craft supplies, I headed straight to the hardware store for other tools I needed for the craft.
(Different size plumbing clamps at the hardware store)
What You’ll Need:
- Wooden Plank Piece (Antique Fair Buy $5, which I’ve been hoarding.)
- Paint (Simple, white acrylic paint)
- Paper Clamp (Bulldog Clip)
- Scrapbook Paper
- 8oz. Mason Jar(s) depending how many children you have.
- Pipe Clamps (Plumbing section of your hardware store)
- Hot Glue Gun
- Paper Cutter/Scissors
- Purchase a plumbing clamp that fits the size of your mason jar.
- Adjust the clamp before nailing. (This shouldn’t be a problem if you do forget to adjust the clamp. But just incase.)
- Nail the clamp in the desired spot on the wooden plank.
- Attach your mason jar to the nailed clamp and begin hot gluing your bull dog clip.
Note: Be sure you know where you want to position your text. Make ample room for that!
5. Begin painting your text. ‘Chore Chart’ or whatever you plan to title you craft, as well as personalizing your child’s name.
6. Create document on your computer of the weeks chores. This gives you the freedom to swap out the chores whenever. I’ll be sticking with these chores for awhile, until my boys mature more.
7. Print and cut out your chore document, and clip on to the paper clamp!
8. Display your chore chart in your house for your children to see, and refer to everyday!
And there you have it! A DIY chore chart!! Be sure to pay your children at the end of the week, if that’s the system you’re working with! You can also just fill the mason jars with lollipops, candy, threats, gift cards, or coins! I love how my boys are growing into young responsible young men willing to help mommy out around the house! It’s honestly bittersweet! No more baby/toddler age, but now ready to become a strong responsible young child!
There are so many advantages to giving kids chores to do around the house. While it can often be easier to just do the household chores yourself, having extra hands to do the simple stuff, makes the day a lot easier to handle. Do you have a system for your children’s chores? Tell me about it! Comment below! I’d love to hear about it!