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DIY Growth Chart Ruler

A growth chart ruler?!?! I was so excited when I saw this creative idea on pinterest (follow me for other great ideas)!  This way, we can move the ruler whenever we want, take it with us if we ever move, and have a cool memory keepsake of Austin growing up.  Since he isn’t even two yet, I thought this was the perfect time to make this (and maybe I will go back and mark his old heights from milestone doctor appointments…).  I followed the instructions on That Village House, and this was pretty simple to make.  Apparently the people over at That Village House got the idea from 517 Creations, who got this idea from Pottery Barn (total knock off!)!  It was very cheap (under $10), quick, and easy to make.  Something happened to my pictures that I took along the way though (I probably deleted them, oops), so I only have the before and after pictures.  Sorry!

I used a 1x8x6 piece of wood, and stained it with some stain we had left over from our floors.  Then I used a sharpie to mark in the ruler lines, which didn’t work well.  So, I went over those lines with black craft paint and that helped them stand out a little more.  If I were to do this project again, I would probably use a bit lighter of a stain, so that the numbers show up better.  In person it looks fine, but it was hard to get good lighting for the pictures I took after I hung it up.  We put it in a little hallway before our kitchen, but I think I am going to move it up to Austin’s playroom or the little nook between his room and bathroom.  We’ll see.  Make sure that you figure out how high you will hang it off the ground, and then start your line measurements from there (otherwise it won’t be accurate).

So far Austin hasn’t really been into standing up against it, but he loved using it as balance beam before we hung it up….

Finally hung up….

What do you think? Where would you hang a growth chart?  How are you keeping track of your little one’s height?

Comments

  1. Love it! :-) It’s really nice! I think the kitchen is the perfect spot!

  2. litlover13 says:

    Fid you freehand the numbers? They look so perfect! Def making this.

  3. I love this idea, so wish my kid’s hadn’t all grown up already :-(
    Oh & thanks for popping by my blog & ‘liking my Pink Princess Birthday Cake. :-)

  4. It turned out nice :) I’m measuring Lily on the inside of one of out closet doors, this would be so much better :)

  5. roamingtheworld says:

    I’m impressed with all your DIY projects. Great growth chart. Is it in his bedroom?

    • We have it in this little hall by the kitchen right now, but I think we are going to move it into this little nook between his bathroom and bedroom…we will see! Thanks for stopping by!

  6. That came out great!

  7. Hi there! Stumbled across your blog and love it, especially love how your DIY growth chart turned out! Your little one is so cute!
    A few months back I asked my husband to help me make one for our boys and we had fun preparing the board, but got stuck on creating a neat, professional way to put on numbers and tick marks. We tried numerous methods, and weren’t happy with any of them, so decided to design a DIY vinyl decal that you can just transfer onto the board and were finally happy with it!
    Since then, knowing how popular this project is, we actually opened a shop on Etsy to sell the decals for other DIY-ers who wanted to make a board but didn’t have the creativity or time to hand draw out or stencil numbers and tick marks. If you’d like to take a look, or recommend the shop to others in your post as an option who might be frustrated by the same step, it’s: http://www.etsy.com/shop/LittleAcornsByRo
    Maybe it will be a help to others out there!
    Thanks and best wishes!
    Ro

  8. Your little boy is darling and I love the growth chart! I wish I had made one when my children were small. Thanks so much for linking up at Transformed Tuesday.
    Hugs,
    Peggy

  9. I LOVE this! My hubby and I are planning on making one cause our kids insist on drawing lines on our wall in random places to measure each other.. Can’t wait to create one too!
    xoxo
    Amie @ Pinkapotamus

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