I’m excited to share my first DIY project for 2014! Happy New Year by the way! I considered calling this the project that took forever and a day because from start to finishI think it spanned (is that a word) 3 years (2012-2014). I intended to make a Ruler Growth Chart for Towne’s nursery but I never got around to decorating his nursery (poor third child). But don’t worry, it worked out well because it is now in the kid’s hallway where it gets regular use by all the children.
DIY Ruler Growth Chart
I pinned this a DIY Ruler Growth Chart project on Pinterest over a year ago. Several etsy stores or bloggers have them for sale, however, I enjoy DIY projects and cost effective solutions so I thought I’d give it a shot. Since I had several of the supplies in stock, this ended up being a pretty inexpensive project (under $10) which is a bonus! There are several tutorials available online so I took a peak at a few and then just jumped right in.
Wood plank, sand paper, stain of your preference, paint marker, ruler or tape measure, number stencil, tape, pencil (for a stencil, I used my Silhouette machine and contact paper, I also used a notecard to create a template for the hash marks)
I bought my first plank quite some time ago when I was pregnant with Townes (He is now 18 months old). My husband borrowed (more like stole) my plank to seal up an opening in the attic where we discovered a possum was entering our house. I think he earned a pass on that one – eliminating possums that were disturbing us in the middle of the night was much appreciated!
Step 1: Sand the wood plank.
Step 2: Stain the plank with the color of preference. Hint: I took a short cut and only stained one side and the edges. I planned to hang it on the wall so no one would see the back side and it saved on drying time.
Step 3: Using a pencil, mark the board at every inch. Be sure to take your baseboards into consideration. You want to make sure your ruler will clear the height of the baseboards. We have unusally thick base boards so I started my growth chart at inch 8 to accomodate the baseboard.
I started by making a mark every half inch and quickly realized that would be too much. To give you an idea of the thickness of each mark, I made marks at the 11/12 and 1/12 marks on either side of the foot.
Suggestion: Take the time to mark this with pencil. I made the mistake of starting with the marker and of course got off my makings and missed up. Thankfully an eraser helped lighten the paint markings but save yourself the rework or stress by using a pencil.
Step 4: Using a marker, color in the marker lines. I used the following approach:
- Each inch marker was 1 inch long
- ¼ foot mark was 1 ½ inches long
- 6 inch mark was 2 inches
- Each foot marker was 3 inches
Step 5: Add the foot numbers. I used my silhouette machine and contact paper to create a sticker stencil. If you don’t have a silhouette, you can print the number, cut it out and trace it onto the board or freehand it if you prefer. Once I applied the contact paper stencil to the board, I used the paint marker to color in the number.
It took about 5 months from when I finished this to it actually being hung up. It took me trying to hang it with 3M strips for my husband to finally hang it more securely – what can I say?
I chose not to seal the board so that I could easily write on and make notes at the children’s different milestones.
I kid you not, we use this every other week. The kids are always asking me to measure them so they can see how much they have grown. Lily grew a quarter inch in two weeks!! Is that possible or did I measure her incorrectly? Regardless, having this out in an area we pass daily helps me make it a point to track their growth. I love this Growth Chart Ruler!! I guess you could say it was worth the wait?!
Thanks for stopping by! Let me know if you have any questions in the comments section.