DIY Morning Chores

I came across this adorable chore project and knew it was just what we needed to make our mornings smoother. Since I homeschool our girls, we aren’t on a strict time schedule unless we have an event planned. We start whenever I say “Let’s do school!” Which is usually in the mornings and can range anytime from 8:00-10, depending on everyone’s mood, what time they woke up, how long it took for them to eat breakfast… enter the nagging (me), “Did you brush your teeth?” “Why aren’t you dressed yet?” etc… I love the flexibility of our schedule, but yikes– mornings were losing their fun, and it had to change.

In the last few weeks since we have been using this, it has been really, really great that they get to choose which order to do their chores– it gives them a sense of control over their morning, and a tiny bit of freedom in that they are the ones in charge of what gets done and when. I just have to say the magic words… “Go do your morning chores.”

My girls are 6 and 3, and I knew the cardboard version of the chore chart would not hold up well to their little hands. So I made ours out of birchwood, hot glue, and some vintage fabric I salvaged from an old, shredded quilt.

My 6-year-old is expected to brush her teeth, wash her face, brush her hair, make her bed, tidy up her room, get dressed, and practice piano. (7 chores)

My 3-year-old is expected to brush her hair, brush her teeth, make her bed, and get dressed. (4 chores)

What do kids like more than looking at pictures of themselves?? Haha.
Kidding. Halfway. I snapped these pics with my phone and printed them with the Instax printer my hubby got me for our Anniversary this past April (thanks again, babe!). I’m still glad he took a peek at my wishlist. 😉

I can’t count the number of times I have said, “DON’T take the pictures away from the chore chart!!” because these have and will get lost. Or they get set on the wet bathroom counter top while brushing their teeth. I have them look at the picture, leave it in the pocket, do the chore, come back and move it to the other pocket. If your kids have a hard time with this at age 3/4, you might want to laminate and use velcro or magnet strips so they aren’t tempted to walk away with the photos in hand.

To make one of your own, you’ll need:

1/2 in. thick birchwood, cut to 10 in. x 12 in.
2 pieces of hanging hardware
2 rectangular fabric scraps, cut to 3.5 x 4.5 in.
ruler or tape measure
hot glue
4 in. bias tape or trim
liquid stitch
one sheet premium cardstock
matte mod podge
wooden beads
pictures of your kiddo doing their chores

I cut the words with my Silhouette Cameo in the free font called “Peach Milk”. Below is an image of what I used. If you don’t have a Silhouette, you should be able to drag the image to your desktop and print it onto premium cardstock and cut the letters by hand. If you do have a Silhouette, pull this image into your program and use the auto trace feature and you’ll have the same letters I do. Or download the font and type it yourself; I promise this font will come in handy– it’s my favorite. Each letter should measure about an inch and a half.

My fabric is worn and thin in some spots, so I reinforced it with interfacing and lining, but this step might not be necessary depending on the fabric you choose.

Attach the bias tape or trim with liquid stitch or hot glue. (Or sew it, if you would rather.)

Iron and fold edges under 1/4 of an inch on each of the sides, 1/2 inch on the bottom. Trim the corners to eliminate some of the bulk.

Hot glue the edges so the pocket is flat.

On your birch wood, measure and mark 1.5 inches from the side and 2.5 inches from the bottom. Do this on both the left and right sides of your board. This will be where each of the pockets are placed.

Place the pockets and hot glue to secure.

I am using the template that my letters are cut from as a guide to mark where the letters should be placed. Mine start 1.5 inches from each edge and are 1/2 inch from the top. I didn’t trace the whole letter, just marked each top, bottom, and side with a small mark. Make sure not to press hard enough to indent the wood in case you need to erase your mark.

Apply the Mod Podge with a paintbrush and place letters onto the birchwood.

The bottom letters are centered under the pockets, 1 inch from the bottom edge.

On the back side, attach your hanging hardware. Mine are 2 inches from the top and 2 inches in from each side.

I really love that there are endless possibilities to make this project your own, so that it fits well in your space– you could stain the wood, paint a pattern, customize with your child’s name, not to mention all the different fabric and trim options.

I added some decoration with a yarn pom pom and some Kid Made Modern wooden beads on yarn.

For those of you who made it to the end of this post, I’ll let you in on a little secret: I first tested this method and made two for my girls. Then, to motivate me to develop this into a DIY, I agreed to make one for a friend (it’s the pink and yellow one in the picture above) which means… I made an extra, just for the fun of it– to give away to one of you! Keep a lookout, with any luck I should have that posted in the next few days.


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