DIY Magnetic Tile Chore Chart

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We’ve invited lifestyle and decor bloggers to give us their take on The Home Depot’s monthly Do-It-Herself Workshops. A recent DIH Workshop in Home Depot stores across the country focused on How to Make a Chore Chart, presented by Martha Stewart Living.

Here, Amy Bell of Positively Splendid shares her tutorial for a DIY chore chart project that uses magnets, ceramic tile and sheet metal.

With four small children, I am constantly striving to make our family run as as smoothly as possible. There really is no better way I have found to do so than by having each family member’s individual chores clearly outlined and defined in a chore chart. Chore charts are terrific for two reasons: they clearly define expectations, thus reducing conflict, and they provide children a great sense of accomplishment when they get to mark a chore off of their list!

When The Home Depot and Martha Stewart challenged me to come up with my own chore chart system, I gladly took on the challenge. As I set to work, I knew I wanted my chore chart to be suitable for children of all ages, and that it needed to be as user-friendly as possible to ensure long-term success. The project I’m sharing with you today, a magnetic tile chore chart, is what I came up with!

 

A boy interacts with a DIY magnetic chore chart

 

To make a Magnetic Tile Chore Chart of your own, you will need:

  • An old 24×36” frame
  • (1) 24×36” sheet galvanized sheet metal
  • Ceramic tile sheet
  • Sharpie marker
  • 1/2” ceramic disc magnets
  • Heavy-Duty Adhesive
  • Letter stickers, vinyl decals or stencil (for lettering)

To start, carefully slip the sheet metal into the frame. (Be sure to wear work gloves when doing so, as the edges of the sheet metal are very sharp!) This is a great project to breathe new life into a frame that might otherwise be donated or discarded.

Apply letter stickers or vinyl decals to the top of the frame to designate the “to-do” column and the “finished” column. (Alternatively, you can use stencils and paint to label your board. There are so many options!) I opted to label the sides of our chart with “To-Do” for the pending column and “Ta-Da!” for the completed column, which I cut with my electronic die-cutting machine. The idea for the wording came from the incredibly inspiring Julie Hanks, and I love the sense of accomplishment and excitement it wording conveys!

Use the Sharpie to write each child’s name of a separate tile.

Next, write the wording on the tiles for each child’s respective chores. For pre-readers, it is also helpful to draw pictures of each chore to make expectations clear. Even the smallest children can garner a great sense of accomplishment for completing helpful, simple tasks like brushing their teeth or putting their dishes in the sink, so don’t forget to include them, as well!

Allow the tiles to dry completely.

 Hexagonal tiles on a magnetic chore chart

 

Hexagonal tiles on a magnetic chore chart

 

 

When the tiles are dry, use the heavy-duty adhesive to affix a magnet to the back of each.

Allow the adhesive on the tiles to dry completely.

 

Magnets used in a DIY chore chart project

 

 

 

A magnet affixed to the back of a ceramic tile in a DIY chore chart project

 

Affix a photo of each child on the left-hand side of the board with his or her name tile, and then place his or her respective chores in the “To-Do” column. When he or she finishes a chore, she can move it to the “Ta-Da!” column. When all of the tiles have been moved to the complete column, a special reward can be given for a job well done. So simple!

I love that each child’s photo adds a personal touch to the chart…

 

A chore chart made from sheet metal, magnet and ceramic tiles

 

…and because the tiles are so easy to create, this is a chore chart that can easily grow along with children as their expected chores change over time.

 

Chores for an older child lined up on a chore chart

 

 

 

Chores for a small child lined up on a chore chart

 

Overall, this is a project that can easily be completed in an afternoon. I hope you are inspired to see how easy it is to create a DIY chore chart to help your family stay more organized! Thanks so much to The Home Depot and The Apron for having me over today. I hope you’ll stop by my blog, Positively Splendid, soon for a daily dose of creative inspiration!

Amy Bell is a wife and a mother of four. She shares recipes and craft ideas and tutorials on her blog Positively Splendid.

The Do-It-Herself Workshops are free, they’re very informative and a whole lot of fun. Go to The Home Depot’s Workshops page to find out more about the upcoming DIH Workshop and  to reserve your spot.  

Many of our DIH Workshops are inspired by the many great projects you pin on Pinterest. Be sure to follow our #DIHWorkshop board on Pinterest for more great projects and ideas. 

 

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  2. Annie Lou says:

    Amy,

    I love this idea. I’m wondering if there’s a way to use a more erasable material as well, but this is very creative. My mind is wandering on other ways to use this type of solution. Thanks for posting and thanks for having such a great blog at Positively Splendid as well!

  3. [...] Over at The Apron Blog by The Home Depot, I shared the chore chart that I recently made for my family, a framed magnetic chore chart. After a few weeks of consistent use, I can honestly say that we still love it! The chart features ceramic tiles outfitted with magnets, on each of which is written a different chore for each of my four children. This project was so easy to make (it can easily be made in the span of an afternoon), and it will be able to grow with my children over time. I hope you’ll venture over to The Apron for the full how-to. [...]