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?