The “Good Job” Jar (A Tutorial and Template)

The Good Job Jar via


So……I’ve tried to do job charts and job lists but I’m just not organized enough right now….and Boo can’t read so she can’t fill them out herself! So I came up with the “good job” jar until she gets old enough to track her chores on My Job Chart or on a checklist!


The Good Job (Chore Chart) Jar via

Here’s why I love it and it works:

1. We use marbles and pretty rocks as rewards when Boo finishes a chore or has extra good behavior. Each one is a different size so a huge special job can outweigh an simple chore:


The Good Job (Marble Rewards) Jar via


2. It’s personalized in her favorite color purple (and if you have multiple kids they can each have their own special jar:


The Good Job (Personalized Job Chart) Jar via

3. Each week a small, reasonable “prize” is selected, written down, and attached to the jar so there is a tangible goal in mind. Once the jar is full, the goal is reached, and emptied out for a fresh start.


The Good Job (The Reward) Jar via


4. There is incremental measures of success etched on the various rings.  A piece of candy or extra “juice dollar” can be earned for each ring reached throughout the week.


The Good Job (The Reward) Jar via


There is more than one way you can make your own….for example, you could just add rubber bands to the outside of an old jar if you don’t have the time to make a more detailed jar like I did.

I set up a template on my Silhouette software (click here to download my template…..all you have to do is change the personalized name in the software). The template fits an area 3″ high by 9″ around (a small condiment or cherry jar).


The Good Job (Silhouette Template) Jar via

I had the Silhouette machine cut out the template onto adhesive shelf paper and applied the strips to the jar as shown:


The Good Job (Vinyl) Jar via


I applied Armour Etch glass etching cream (available at most craft stores) to the jar and followed the directions.


After the etching cream is washed off here’s what the lines and wording look like:



I spray painted the lid of the jar white and used the second part of the template as a stencil to spray paint a personalization on the top:


Chore Chart Jar (Good Job Jar) via

Boo is pretty close to earning that Secretariat DVD!


Chore Chart Jar via


Click here to check out other projects I’ve made with my Silhouette Machine!


  1. June K says

    I do not have any children but I love this idea. I think it gives children a lot to look forward to. And I loved that juice dollars idea.

  2. June K says

    Also, I wanted to say I look and read all your blog updates. I know I don’t comment but please know that I am here enjoying each one. You are truly one creative lady.

  3. merri says

    I love this idea but since I have 5 kids I think I’ll reward them for working together. This might incourage them to try harder to get along during the day help each other. I think I could reward them by treating them to a movie or ice cream for getting along nicely and showing kindness to each other. Since my 4 youngest are 3,4,6 & 7 I know they’ll enjoy the visual aspect of it. Thanks for all your inspirations. I check in several times a day to make sure I don’t miss any fun stuff.

  4. Kelly Nestler says

    I’ve used this type of jar many times. I love using it while teaching 2nd grade. The class sets a goal and earns their reward. They get beads for days with good behavior, all work done, special events, etc. The kids love seeing the jar fill and they are quick to work at the jar and remind you when they’re almost there!

  5. Kimberly says

    Totally Brill! I just stumbled across this project and love, love, love it! Totally going to make one as soon as I get a little free time. Hmmm…free time, what is that look like anyway?

  6. says

    This idea is genius! My kids are 10, 9 and 5 and we’ve tried lots of different types of job charts. But, I love the simplicity of this one and I think they would love it! Thanks for the inspiration!

  7. Heather Castillo says

    I love this! Before I became a stay at home mom, I taught 3rd grade. I had something very similar to this as a management tool in class. My jar was not as cute as this jar however. :)

  8. says

    Found this project via Pinterest and I have to say that it is an awesome idea! I will certainly have to try this with my three year old daughter. Thanks for the tutorial :)

  9. Jen says

    Love it and going to try. But I have a question- how often are you give marbles? For everything good she does? Ie brushes teeth and gets dressed and eats breakfast without throwing a fit. So would that be 3 or 1. Then do u give all day long? I fill like with my 3 yr old our jar on a good day could fill up quickly or on a bad day he could loose them all :)
    Or do u as the parent have a set number that u don’t go over in a day?
    Just wondering bc like I said we would be all over the place but this might help him have something to look forward to earning . Thanks!