The New Year is a time where we all rejuvenate and revamp our personal and professional lives with new changes and goals that will push our accountability and productivity. Let’s explore this DIY chore chart that can not only work for your children in helping them get their work done around the house but also for yourself in tackling your goals! In that case, call it a DIY job chart.
Know that this DIY chore chart for kids AND adults organized with glass jars can work all year long as well whenever you need a boost to get your efficiency up.
So, first things first.
SUPPLIES FOR MASON JAR CHORE CHART
For your DIY chore chart jar organizer, you’ll need the following:
- Mason Jars (2 per child. One to be the “To Do” jar, the other to be the “Done” jar.)
- Hot Glue Gun and Glue Sticks
- Paint (Optional if you would like to embellish the corkboard with some color and distinction)
- Masking Tape or Painter’s Tape
- Small Chalkboard Ornaments/Placards/Nameplates (1 per mason jar; Optional)
- Chalkboard Marker
- Popsicle Sticks
- Large Numbers Pieces
- Washi Decorative Tape (optional to decorate the popsicle sticks that will hold the chores. You can also just use any of the suggested tape varieties mentioned above if you don’t care about making decorations on the chore sticks.)
- Clear varnish or spray
- Paper and clear scotch tape
Now that we have the tools and items needed to assemble the homemade chore chart, here are the instructions to construct in 10 easy steps.
STEPS FOR MASON JAR CHORE CHART
- Paint the corkboard if desired, and let it dry.
- Now further your design as you’d like by taping off the area in the pattern of how you want the décor to go.
- Paint the board again to solidify this taped off pattern, and let it dry. Once dry, peel off the tape, revealing your design. Spray with varnish to protect the paint.
- Lay out the jars and large numbers on the board and mark where they will be placed. Make holes in the corkboard where the wire will go through the board to secure the mason jars. Use a sharp object to punch holes in even distance from one another in rows in the corkboard as these will be the placements of the mason jars. There should be two rows, one hole evenly matched up for the one beneath it. We suggest that you measure the width of the jar openings and then space your holes according to those measurements to ensure that your mason jars have enough room.
- Use a hot glue gun to glue on the large numbers just above each punched hole in the top row. There should be enough numbers to represent each child. So if you have just one child, only use 1. If you have two children or want to account for yourself and your child, use 1 and 2 for the both of you respectively. Three’s a crowd, so if you want to account for your child, yourself, and your significant other, then use 1, 2, and 3, and so on.
- Cut a 16-inch section of wire for each mason jar then wrap the middle of the wire around each mason jar, securing it at the back of the jar by twisting it. The ridges at the top of the jar should hold the wire onto the mason jars. Then thread the wire through the holes that you punched out earlier. Once through the corkboard, place an extra popsicle stick at the back of the board and twist the remaining wire around the stick to secure it to the board.
- Repeat this step with each of the remaining mason jars until they are all secured on the corkboard.
- Optional: To secure them even further, flip the board over and hot glue the wire and Popsicle sticks to the back of the board.
- Use a piece of chalk or chalkboard pens to write and label on the chalkboard ornaments what the purpose of each specific jar is. As a good example that can be modified, write “To Do” or “Target” or “Goal” or “Go” on the top chalkboards and “Done” or “Complete” or “Finish Line” on the bottom ones. Be as straight-to-the-point or illustrative as you’d like. Then hot glue the chalkboard ornaments onto the mason jars. You can also write each chore follower’s name onto their respective jars for a further organization if you somehow forget your assigned number.
- Now it is time to create the chore sticks. With the washi tape, create one design per child and wrap the washi tape around each of the Popsicle sticks if you desire to get more decorative. Your children can help with this process as well so that they can create their signature chore stick look if the chore sticks end up getting somehow placed back in the wrong jars. (With children, anything is possible.) Then write or type out the chores on a piece of paper and cut them into strips. Attach one chore to each chore stick with clear tape.
Begin the chore-keeping, goal-meeting process as soon as you’d like. Pull out your job or chore from your assigned jar in the top row, complete it, then drop it away in the bottom row. It’s like a project management board in 3D real-time!
Now go get crafty and get productive!