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Chore Chart Tutorial

*Edit (August 2016)  I’ve just created my own printable images that you can purchase!  Find the colored version HERE and the black and white version HERE!  Scroll down to the bottom of this post for a sneak peek! 

Sometimes I am completely surprised by what people pin from my site.  Mostly it’s recipes (which I love), but it usually the things that I want to be pin blasted aren’t and the totally random items that go viral.

Go figure.

This chore chart for instance (which I talked about back here), has been seen all over lately and I have received many emails and messages wanting to know exactly how I made it.  (By the way…we are getting closer to meeting the giveaway goal so keep it up!)

Thanks!  What a compliment!

A few things before we get started.  I got each of my images off the internet.  I had big plans of taking a picture of each of these things in our house, but life is life and Liam could have cared less what the picture looked like.  It was more for my sake!  I could have made this a lot more “polished”, but I feel this gets the job done.

You can adapt this idea to whatever fits your needs best.  Some suggested using it as a routine chart or even as a homework chart going over different subjects.  Whatever you end up doing, I would love to see what you come up with!

I have to say, this works really well for Liam (5 almost 6).  We’ve been using it for months now and all I have to say is, “Go look at your chore chart and see what needs to be done.”  What I love about this most is that there are no pieces to go missing.  No box that needs to be marked off.  Just a pure and simple chore chart.

So per your requests…here you go!

You will need…
6×12 piece of colored card stock
A trimmer with a score blade
Magnetic sticky paper or thin magnetic sticky strips
Images cut into 2×2 squares
Chore description printed and cut into 1 1/2 x 1 1/2 squares
DONE printed 6 times and trimmed to fit
Corner Rounder

1.  Score your paper lengthwise at 3 1/4 inches.

2.   Your paper will now be divided 3 1/4 and 2 3/4.  On the 2 3/4 side cut up to the score line every 2 inches.  This will create 6 front flaps.

3.  Fold each of those flaps up.

4.  Using your corner rounder, round the top two corners of each flap.

5.  Adhere your images in the order you would like to see them done.  You will want to glue them close to the score line.

6.  Adhere each of the descriptions onto the inside center of each flap.

7.  Cut your magnetic paper or strips into small rectangles about 1 1/2 long.  Place two right sides together.  Peel off the sticker of one and place on the bottom of the flap.

8.  Peel off the sticker of the top magnet and fold the flap up to place the top magnetic strip.  This will ensure that you’ve placed both pieces in the correct spot so they “stick” together.

9.  Repeat step 8 until it’ all done.

10.  Adhere each ‘Done’ onto the center front side of the flaps.

11.  Place somewhere in the house where it’s easy for your child to access
and see.  Put up with 3M sticky stuff or tacks and your ready to go!

12.  Now go tell your child to get to work!!!  (LOL!)

Here is a sneak peek of my chore chart images (clip art) that you can print off yourself and use in this tutorial!  There are 13 images in all.  I made it so you could customize your own charts.  It also includes chore titles for each one and “Done” front titles.

Find the colored version HERE and the black and white version HERE!


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    September 29, 2012 at 5:25 pm

    this is prefect! i might need to make one for izzy. thanks for sharing!

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    October 2, 2012 at 11:44 am

    thank you for this. was planning to use a pocket chart, but like this much more! thanks for taking the time to share!

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    Kelli Howard
    October 2, 2012 at 6:12 pm

    where did you get the templates for the pictures? thanks!

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    Mrs Moore
    October 6, 2012 at 7:55 pm

    I love this!

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    October 16, 2012 at 8:25 pm

    Where did you get the Magnetic sticky paper or thin magnetic sticky strips?? I bought some that aren't working at Hobby Lobby. They may be the wrong product.

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    Pig Feeder
    October 30, 2012 at 10:47 pm

    I saw this pin but hadn't read the tutorial. Me in all my wisdom had planned to make little clear pouches so I could slip new things in… My current chore thing has pockets that you can take the cards in and out and flip them over for done and stuff them back in. It's AWFUL! I'm so glad I read the thinking in your tutorial and I didn't make it before reading!!! Nothing to lose unless they pull the thing apart or the magnets fall completely off (nothing is unimaginable in this house). Fabulous idea and great tutorial!


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    October 31, 2012 at 1:54 pm

    Thanks so much for this fab idea – been meaning to make a chore chart and this unique one piqued my interest and so its half made now.

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    November 16, 2012 at 3:11 am

    This is awesome! Can't wait to make one…I am going to use a file folder so it's already creased;). I just need to get magnet strips!

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    November 16, 2012 at 8:13 pm

    Love this idea, simple and effective!

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    Mrs. O.
    December 31, 2012 at 5:33 pm

    Thanks for the tutorial… I'm creating one just for the kids bathroom since our morning and evening routine can be a bit of a bear for the almost 5 year old right now. No more "what's next" questions I hope! I chose to print the MS Office clipart right on the cardstock and I think I will just write in the chore captions and a smile rather than the word done instead of printing and glueing the words on. Thank you! I'm glad the pin was popular enough to find its way onto my board. 🙂

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    January 10, 2013 at 3:37 am

    I love this idea for my step son who is 5 and learning responsibility!!! I also love to keep him encouraged at all times so instead of putting done on the front I think I may change it up to encouraging words such as "awesome work", "Great job", etc. Just to let him know his work doesn't go unnoticed!!!! 🙂 thanks for the idea though and tutorial is awesome

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    Shannon Frabbiele
    January 28, 2013 at 4:36 am

    I so love this idea. Glad I came back to your Pinterest page to see the tutorial. I have a son with Global Developmental Delay and visuals are very helpful. This is going to be amazing! Thank you for sharing!

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    Shannon Frabbiele
    January 28, 2013 at 4:38 am

    Jess ^^ I love your idea as well about including words of encouragement. I think I may also add those to my Done flaps! Great idea!

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    February 7, 2013 at 3:44 am

    This is so perfect for my 5 year old, I can't wait to make it this weekend, and already have all the stuff to make it! We are struggling with having him get things done in a timely manner and I think the instant gratification is exactly what he needs. I'm so glad your pin made it to my board!

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    Jill Bohanick
    May 24, 2013 at 6:19 pm

    Where can I find the cars stock in that size?

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    June 14, 2013 at 7:35 pm

    I found your chore chart on Pinterest and have been obsessed with the idea ever since. I finally got them done! Thank you so much for the tutorial. I blogged about it here: http://rimor-vita.blogspot.com/2013/06/responsibilities-flip-chart.html

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    V Smith
    June 24, 2013 at 10:09 pm

    Thank you for posting this…. after looking at all of the ideas on pintrest, I think this is going to be the best one for my daughter. I just finished our morning routine and I'm going to start our evening one. thanks again!!

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    December 13, 2013 at 3:56 am

    At 68 I can see myself using this chart to keep on track. Reusable, useful and FUN! Thank you. I may have to make more than one.

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      August 5, 2016 at 6:56 pm

      I was just thinking the same thing! I need one for myself!

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    January 28, 2014 at 6:14 pm

    Love this chore chart! I created a file to cut it out on my Silhouette Cameo. I'd be happy to send it to you if you'd like to share it with your readers.

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      January 10, 2016 at 3:28 am

      I would love this file if you would't mind sharing!! (she2dancer @ gmail.com

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      February 6, 2016 at 2:31 pm

      Sheramy, I've just now seen your post. I'm sorry! I sent you an email with the file.

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      wei ling tan
      July 27, 2016 at 3:31 am

      Can i have the file to…thanks in advance

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    February 12, 2014 at 11:00 am

    Love this chore chart. I am going to use Velcro dots so that I can change the chores around, especially on the weekends. Thanks!

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    October 10, 2014 at 3:40 pm

    This is so clever!!!
    Jilly oxo

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    February 17, 2015 at 5:18 am

    I love your idea. I've shared a link to this on my blog. I hope you don't mind:)

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    Jenny Kyles
    June 23, 2015 at 6:11 pm

    You know why this went viral? Because it's a GREAT idea! I have 4 year old twins who don't read and who don't have a ton of daily chores. This is very simple, something they can do themselves, and is an easy way to redirect (Look at your chart. What's next?). Almost all the chore charts I see are too complicated for them at this stage in their development. So thank you for the great idea! You're definitely getting added to my Feedly 🙂 p.s. I found this via a search on Pinterest for "visual chore chart"

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    Kirsten Spallino
    August 24, 2015 at 1:40 am

    ok yesterday i totally saw all the pics to print both boy and girl and now I cant find them. 🙁

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      August 24, 2015 at 4:20 pm

      Kirsten, It might have been a different site you saw them on. I've never had images available here.

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    Katy Higgins
    July 30, 2016 at 7:37 pm

    This is a great project – my son loves it! One tip to simplify/reuse – instead of cardstock, I used an old file folder cut down to size. It is already scored and just the right thickness. A legal folder would provide extra width if you want it.

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    Elizabeth Wood
    September 25, 2016 at 6:51 pm

    I love this concept! I created a version of this chart and have been using it all week with my 4yo daughter and she LOVES clicking them up when she finished each one. Keeps her on task and helps her learn responsibility for herself to do the next thing. Thanks for sharing this! Speaking of sharing, is it ok for me to share my chart on my blog (dandeliondiscoveries.com) but link back to you? I love your step by step, by the way.

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      October 4, 2016 at 1:37 am

      I would absolutely love it if you shared it with a link back! I'm so happy she (and you) love it!

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