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DIY Chore Boards for Kids

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A simple chore board system is one of the easiest ways to get kids helping out with household tasks. The one I'm sharing today is very easy to put together and even simpler to implement into your family's routines. See how to create these DIY Chore Boards below.

Chore Board
While I tend to lean into the summer season for getting organized for the kids' chores, I am truly happier when we have a working system in place all year round. And this simply little chore board system is absolutely perfect for that. See how to make these chore boards below.


DIY Chore Board


DIY Chore Boards
The beauty of this system is the choices and options it gives kids. Do some less-enjoyable chores go undone? Sure. But, it still works well overall. And I originally created this system in 2014. Since then we've had a bit of inflation and chores are *probably* worth a bit more than a quarter these days. So, I've updated this post to include a blank sheet of printable cards that you can fill in with your own ideas and prices.


How to Make this Chore Board

DIY Chore Board

Supplies


How to Make a Chore Board

Directions

  • Start by painting your board. This can be simple or a bit more involved. Below is the layered finish I used:
    • I painted chalk paint as my "base coat".
    • After the chalk paint completely dried, I used a wax puck along the edges of the board. I can't seem to find the wax pucks anymore, but a wax taper candle works similarly.
    • Then I painted acrylic paint as the top coat. I used a contrasting color to the bottom coat.
    • After the top coat had completely dried, I gently sanded the edges (where I had rubbed that wax puck) to remove a bit of paint, for a slightly worn look. 
  • I used my Silhouette to cut vinyl lettering and placed it on my board. 
  • Then I hot glued my clothespins onto the board.
  • You can print your chores onto the cardstock for durability.


Easy Chore System

How to Use this Chore Board

  • I think the reason this particular chore board works so well is because it gives children some choices, as well as variety, when it comes to selecting their tasks for the day.
  • We use ours with the cards provided below, but feel free to just write tasks and their worth onto index cards or similar.
  • Keep all of the available chore options on the "to do" side of the board.
  • Kids can select their task from the stack of chores.
  • After they complete the task, they move the card to the other "done" side of the board.
  • On a weekly (or whatever time period works best for your family) basis, we remove the "done" cards and add up what each child has earned.
  • Then we have our payday.
  • After that, all tasks are moved back to the "to do" side to start a new week.

Download the free Chore Cards

Chore Chart Printables

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  2. So cute!! My oldest is also motivated by money. ;)

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    1. Thank you! Money sure does speak to the kiddos, doesn't it? Lol!

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  3. I am still able to get away with incentive tickets.....I'd like to keep it that way for as long as possible since I don't carry cash lolol

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    1. Lol! I don't blame you one bit! Thanks so much for stopping by!

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  4. I love this. I've tried figuring dollar amounts on the fly and sometimes give too much for a less difficult job. This way every task is priced the same. Less confusion is key. I may try this on the refrigerator with magnet clothes pins since I'm not as crafty as you :-)

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    1. You are so right! Keeping it simple = success! I hope it works well for you!

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  5. So cute and looks like a great way to get the kiddos helping.

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  6. Cute idea! I need a child to help me load the dishwasher because I am HORRIBLE at it!

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    1. Thanks, Amy! Don't we all?! I may or may not have YouTube'd "how to properly load a dishwasher" Lol! ;)

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  7. This is such a great idea! I can't wait till my kiddo is big enough to do some chores! Thanks for the coupon and the great printable!

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    1. Thank you! You are very welcome, Jenna! It's a great way to give them freedom with their responsibilities!

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  8. I absolutely need this! Thanks for the coupon!

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    1. You're welcome, Vanessa! Thank you so much for stopping by!

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