I know these have been done to death, but I needed to find something that would work with my kids and I think this just might be it.The paper charts we were using before would get convienently lost. Then I would hear, “what day do I do the dishes?”, ”I didn’t know I had to empty the garbage”, “no, I don’t do that on tuesday, I do it on wednesday”. Really!

My kids are older (the youngest is almost 7), so I don’t need a cutsie chart any more. I made the chart using different fonts for each child: Modern No. 20, Wingdings, Kristen, Lucida Calligraphy, Bradley Hand, Bookmark Old style, Comic Sans. And different colors for each child too: Red, Lime, Orange, Aqua, Plum, Light Blue, Black. 

  

Before I could put it all together, I sprayed the whole frame black because I didn’t like the gold trim around the inside of the frame. It took 4 coats of paint to make the gold disappear. 

While the paint was drying, I cut the scrapbook paper to size, to be used as the mat. 

Then I cut the chore chart a little smaller than the scrapbook paper.

Glued the  2 pieces of paper together and then slipped it into the frame.

I used the Command strips to hang the chart where the kids would have to walk past it at least 20 times a day.

And I made sure to use the level while hanging it. The Command strips are very forgiving though. If you’re off a little, it’s easy to adjust by just realigning the hook and loop a little.

It hangs on a wall in the mudroom (nope, I haven’t finished the room yet). The dry erase marker just sits on top of the frame.

 

As they do their chores for the day, they mark them off the chart. You can use the dry erase marker directly on the glass. It wipes right off and is ready for the next week. Now if I get asked if they can play, I ask them if their boxes are all marked off for that day. It’s that easy! And I hope it works.

 

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{ 12 comments… read them below or add one }

Kyra August 31, 2010 at 5:40 am

Is the dry erase marker just going on the glass? Or did you somehow print the chart on special dry erase paper? Either way, I like this idea!

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Chantel August 31, 2010 at 12:32 pm

That is awesome! Looks great.

I don’t always comment, but I love all of your crafts and organization ideas. They are all really inspiring!

Heidi August 31, 2010 at 10:57 pm

Love this idea!

Amy September 1, 2010 at 2:31 pm

I love how it looks. I am working on my own chore system now that the kids are back in school. This just might help all of us out!

Kindra September 2, 2010 at 9:56 am

I’ve been seeing these chore charts all over also. But I really like your layout the best! Thanks for your never ending ideas!

Kimberlee September 2, 2010 at 7:23 pm

I hadn’t seen one of these before. I like the erasble aspect of it. I am looking at doing a chore chart for me, so I can remember when I did stuff during the week, LOL! With a 10 month old, and another on the way, I don’t have the memory I used to. Visiting from Get Your Craft On.
~Kimberlee
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Carla September 2, 2010 at 9:28 pm

I love this idea , I have not seen a chore chart in a frame like that for dry erase. we have 6 kids and the paper lists just get lost. I I like how this can be made to look nice. a GREAT idea! I am totally doing this.

Carla September 2, 2010 at 9:28 pm

I love this idea , I have not seen a chore chart in a frame like that for dry erase. we have 6 kids and the paper lists just get lost. I I like how this can be made to look nice. a GREAT idea! I am totally doing this.

Rachelle S. September 3, 2010 at 11:30 am

What a great idea! I am going to have to do this. We have 6 children & they not only have their regular chores (cleaning up their own things, making beds, etc), but they also rotate other chores (livingroom, kitchen, dishes, bathrooms, etc.) This would be so helpful, especially for my daughter who has ADD & has a very difficult time staying on track! Thank you SOOO much for sharing this great idea!

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Steffany September 22, 2010 at 5:54 pm

This is the perfect “level” for our house too. I have been planning to do this in individual frames for each child, but had to figure out where to put it. I think I like the combined list better. Thanks for sharing.

Kariann October 30, 2010 at 6:39 pm

Love it!!

Thanks for sharing!

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