Dresses from Shabby Apple

Monday, March 26, 2012

DIY Chore Sticks Tutorial

If your house is anything like mine, it has a tendency to get out of control really quick.
With Chris working and me in school full time, it's really hard to get motivated to clean up after a long day.
So this weekend I made us a chore jar!
I'm hoping that it will give us the motivation we need to make sure stuff gets done around the house :)

Here's what you'll need to make your own:

Jumbo popsicle sticks
Mod Podge
(I used the matte finish but glossy would work just as well.)
Sponge brush or paint brush
Glass jar

I downloaded this free printout for the popsicle sticks.
(This printout was NOT made by me. It was created by Embellish and taken from Whatever Dee-Dee Wants)

Now for the tedious part. Grab a snack and start cutting!

Keep going! You're almost done!

After you've got your printable all cut out, you're ready to start adhering them to the popsicle sticks.
Take a popsicle stick and brush on a little Mod Podge.
Then press on one of your paper sticks.
I did the same on the back using the blank color paper sticks.

After you have the paper sticks adhered to the wooden sticks, brush with a good coat of Mod Podge all over.

While you're waiting for the sticks to dry, adhere the Chore Jar circle to the front of the jar and the color code chart to the back using Mod Podge.

I love these because they are super specific!
So you don't have to worry about half done cleaning jobs anymore.
No more "I forgot" or "I didn't know I needed to do that" excuses because it says to right on the stick!
Parents: this would be excellent for the child that goes into the bathroom and wipes everything down with a paper towel and thinks they're done ;)

The sticks are color coded by room so the chooser will know what they're picking from.
Parents: this would be good when assigning chores for bad behavior!

There's also sticks in there that make it sort of fun such as "pick two more chores," "trade one chore for a new chore," "parents pick the chores," "kids pick the chores," "freebie: no chores," and "put one chore back."

There's a ton of different chores to even include outside work, playroom work, garage work, and car maintenance like changing the oil!
You can pick which ones to put in your chore jar based on the needs of your family.
I think it's a great idea whether you're married, have kids, or just have a bunch of roommates!

This tutorial was adapted from the tutorial seen on Whatever Dee-Dee Wants
Printable from Embellished via Whatever Dee-Dee Wants.


  1. Cute! Keep us posted and let us know if you keep using them. I used to get a sheet of paper and separate by days of the week for which chores to do and what was for dinner. And then we stopped.

    Most days anymore I try to take 20 minutes at the end of the day to declutter and straighten up before going up to bed. Like, before shutting the lights off downstairs, I try to clear off the kitchen counters. I love having clean counters. Or in the morning before a long day at work when I know I wont' want to clean? I'll go ahead and get the dishes done and straiten the living room. My bathroom and bedroom are the ones that seem to get the most neglect. I need to work on that.

  2. Love this! I would absolutely use this with my future children (*fingers crossed*), but it's great for even now on my own when I think, "oh I'll get to that later." ha

  3. This is such a cute idea! I think it would be good for my husband who's not a big fan of cleaning. ;)


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