The kiddos have reached an age where they can help out with chores—something you definitely want to encourage. Make it easy with our space-saving DIY chore cans! Decorated tin cans, craft sticks and free printables are an inexpensive way to make household tasks fun.

With chore cans, you can assign each child their daily tasks by placing labeled sticks in a can marked with their name. Every time they complete a task, they will move their stick to the “Job Well Done” can. That way you can keep track of what they have left to do and they can feel a sense of accomplishment!

DIY chore can instructions
  • tin soup can for each child
  • slightly larger tin soup can for tasks completed
  • 2′ x 4′, length determined by number of cans
  • spray paint
  • ruler
  • pencil
  • scrapbook paper
  • scissors
  • double-sided tape
  • craft sticks
  • acrylic craft paint
  • paintbrush
  • craft stick labels printable
  • can labels printable
  • Avery 22808 Kraft Round Labels 2½” (optional)
  • decoupage glue
  • disposable foam brush
  • drill
  • wood screws
  • screwdriver
  • self-adhesive dimensional letters
  1. Wash tin cans, remove labels in warm, soapy water.
  2. Spray paint wood 2′ x 4′, allow to dry.
  3. Measure height of cans then cut decorative scrapbook paper to size. Wrap paper around each can then attach using double-sided tape.
  4. Paint craft sticks with acrylic craft paint then allow to dry.
  5. Download the craft stick labels printable and can labels printable.
  6. Print, cut out then attach one chore label to each craft stick and can labels to cans, using double-sided tape.
  7. Apply 1 coat of decoupage glue to craft sticks and cans using disposable foam brush, allow to dry, repeat.
  8. Turn each can upside down, drill small hole through center, flip can over then place on 2′ x 4′ as desired. Mark each hole on 2′ x 4′ using pencil then drill starter holes on each mark.
  9. Place cans one at a time on each hole then attach using wood screws and screwdriver then adhere dimensional letters to front of 2′ x 4′.
  10. Designate chore sticks for each child and place in appropriate can. As each task is completed, child moves chore stick into “Job Well Done!” can.
Eliminate big job charts with space-saving chore cans that kids will like.