Make a Cute, Easy-to-Use To-Do List for Kids

This fun, interactive to-do list keeps kids focused and accountable for household chores and homework.

DIY Kid-Friendly To Do List

DIY Kid-Friendly To Do List

This fun interactive TO DO list keeps kids focused and accountable for chores and homework.

Photo by: Tomas Espinoza

Tomas Espinoza

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Materials Needed

  • (2) 3' x 1-3/8" plated steel slotted metal flat bars
  • ceramic disc magnets
  • white spray paint
  • copper spray paint
  • 1" vinyl letter stickers
  • painter's tape
  • (2) decorative glass knobs
  • permanent marker
  • super glue
  • hook-and-loop picture-hanging strips

Prep for Paint

Lay out metal bars on a drop cloth. Count nine full holes down from the top, then use painter's tape to protect the area starting between the ninth and tenth hole on each metal bar.

DIY Kid-Friendly To Do List

DIY Kid-Friendly To Do List

Step 1- PREP FOR PAINT On a drop cloth or other spray-paint safe area, lay out metal bars. Count nine full holes down from the top, and use painters tape to protect the area starting between the ninth and tenth hole on each metal bar.

Photo by: Flynnside Out Productions

Flynnside Out Productions

Paint Top Strips

Spray paint the top of the metal bars white so the vinyl lettering has a clean background.

DIY Kid-Friendly To Do List

DIY Kid-Friendly To Do List

Step 2- SPRAY PAINT TOP STRIP Spray paint the top portion white, so the vinyl lettering has a nice clean background.

Photo by: Tomas Espinoza

Tomas Espinoza

Paint Magnets

While the metal bars dry, spray paint the magnets white.

DIY Kid-Friendly To Do List

DIY Kid-Friendly To Do List

Step 3- SPRAY PAINT MAGNETS While that dries, spray paint your magnets white, as well.

Photo by: Tomas Espinoza

Tomas Espinoza

Add Copper Paint

Next, spray paint the bottom of the bars copper. If you don't trust your spray-paint skills, protect the white paint with another strip of painter's tape; just be sure the white paint is dry first.

DIY Kid-Friendly To Do List

DIY Kid-Friendly To Do List

Step 4- ADD COPPER PAINT Next, spray the bottom portion of the bar with copper spray paint. If you don’t trust your spray paint skills, protect the white paint with another bit of painter’s tape, just be sure it’s dry first.

Photo by: Tomas Espinoza

Tomas Espinoza

Add Letters

Peel and stick the vinyl letters to read "To Do" on one bar and "Done" on the other.

DIY Kid-Friendly To Do List

DIY Kid-Friendly To Do List

Step 5- ADD LETTERS TO TOP Peel and stick the vinyl letters to read “To Do” on one bar and “Done” on the other.

Photo by: Tomas Espinoza

Tomas Espinoza

Label Magnets

Using a permanent, fine-tip marker, label five magnets one through five for the "To Do" bar and five more with smiley faces or stars for the "Done" bar.

DIY Kid-Friendly To Do List

DIY Kid-Friendly To Do List

Step 6- LABEL MAGNETS Using a permanent fine-tip marker, label five magnets 1 through 5 for the “To Do” bar, then 5 more with smiley faces for the “Done” bar.

Photo by: Tomas Espinoza

Tomas Espinoza

Attach Decorative Knobs

Add super glue to the back of the knob, and place it at the top of the bar. Hold it in place for 30 seconds, then let dry completely. Repeat for the other metal strip.

DIY Kid-Friendly To Do List

DIY Kid-Friendly To Do List

Step 7- ATTACH GLASS KNOBS Add a fair amount of super glue to the back of each knob, and place it at the top of the bar. Hold it in place for 30 seconds or so and let dry completely.

Photo by: Tomas Espinoza

Tomas Espinoza

Add Hook-and-Loop Tape

To hang and reposition without any damage to the wall, add picture-hanging hook-and-loop tape to the back of each metal bar.

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