DIY Printable Chore Chart

It is time for all of us to follow through with those New Year’s resolutions we made just a few weeks ago. Now that my kids are getting older (10, 8 and 4), I made a resolution to have them help with cleaning the house.  And to make sure I actually follow through this year, I created a chore chart.

DIY Printable Chore Chart

Now I realize it takes work (on our end) to do chore charts, but they are great accountability for everyone.  Chore charts provide instant gratification for the kids – checking off a list or task is always a good thing! Here’s the free chore chart I created, and you can personalize it for your child (or husband):



To open and save your own chore chart printable,


And if you want to laminate and frame the chart like I did, here’s the tutorial:

Making a DIY chore chart

Here’s what you’ll need:

  • Glue Gun
  • Twine
  • Wood Stain (I used dark walnut)
  • Ruler
  • Scissors
  • Xacto Knife
  • Balsa Wood (or thin pieces of wood) *I found my balsa wood in a pack at Hobby Lobby.

Balsa Wood

Measure and cut your wood.  I made mine slightly larger than the 8.5 inch printout.

Adding Stain

Next, I stained my piece of wood.

Making a chore chart

While the stain was drying, I lamented my printout.  If you have access to a laminating machine, that is your best bet.  We are laminating it so we can use dry-erase markers and use the chore chart week after week.  I used clear contact paper, but it’s a little more stubborn with the dry-erase markers.  I noticed the red doesn’t erase very well on the clear contact paper.  (Clorox® Disinfecting Wipes work great for erasing!)

Adding contact paper

I measured and cut my contact paper allowing an inch or two to hang off the top and bottom.

DIY Chore Chart

This extra material is where you will attach the wood frame.

Adding Hanger to print

I glued the twine to the extra contact paper.

Adding Hanger

Then, I added glue to the balsa wood and attached it to the chore chart on the extra contact paper – covering where I attached the twine.

Adding Glue

Add a piece to the bottom, and you’re done!

Chore Chart

I used permanent marker for my kids’ names and chores.  The kids use a dry-erase marker to mark their chores.

Printable Chore Charts DIY

Go get those kids to work!


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Free Printable Chore Chart



  1. Lindsey says

    So cute! I’ve found that using the “Vis-a-Vis” markers, the ones that were used on overhead transparency sheets, actually work on lamination and contact paper soon much better than dry erase markers! You just have to be willing to wipe them down with something damp, but they erase so much better. After a while all my laminated stuff started to look dingy when I was using dry erase, and this seems to help it hold up so much better. I hope this tip helps! 🙂

  2. Bethany says

    Thanks so much for this printable! I just love the design and just made one for both of my kids to use to help out around the house a little more.

  3. Jenny says

    This is a great chore chart! I love the clean look. Thank you for sharing it! I hope you’re not still lamenting your lack of a laminator. 😉 Sorry… I’m sure it was autocorrect, but your paragraph about laminating the chart says that you lamented it. 🙂 That gave me a chuckle.

  4. Elizabeth says

    Hi there. Just wondering if this printable comes in an editable version. This one is my favorite of all I’ve seen but I want to be able to type into it.

  5. Jenn says

    I love this chart! Is there any chance this chore chart is (or could be) available in 5×7 size? I have a Command Center where I am using three 5×7 frames for kid chores. Please?! 🙂

  6. Ann McGlone says

    Hello! I am adding kids name and chores inPSE and I would like font to match. Can you please tell me what font your used?

  7. Phoenix Frost-Ulfhamr says

    Thank you so much! This is super cute and having a family that struggles with ADHD, we need to make good habits and stick with our routines, I will be starting this today!


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