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As a kid, our family used to chart our growth on the door stop of my sister's closet door. I have found memories of getting measured with my sisters and commenting on how much we grew! When we moved out of my childhood house, we couldn't take that door stop with us... so unfortunately those measurements have probably been painted over. I have seen growth charts online and thought what an easy and cheap DIY project. Here is what you will need:

  • 2x6 piece of lumber
  • electric sander or sand paper
  • painters tape
  • ruler
  • pencil
  • paint (craft paint for writing and regular paint for stripes)
  • paint brush (big and small)
  • a Sharpie®
  • scissors 
  • rope or ribbon
  • staple gun

Steps 1-3: Take your 2x6 board and sand it down smooth. I have an electric sander, but if you don't have one, you can use rougher sandpaper and some elbow greese. I sanded the corners down and made sure there were no black marks or splinters. You will want to hang your board off the floor, so make sure to start your markings as if it were 3-6 inches off the ground (in other words, how ever high you want to hang it, subtract that from 12 inches and measure that amount from the bottom of your board for your 1 foot measurement). Then measure out your stripes. I wanted my stripes to be 6 inches in width. I measured both edges of the board to make sure my lines were straight. 

Steps 4-7: Once your stripes are measured, tape off the areas that you want to paint. Chose a color of paint that will show enough contrast, but not too dark that you won't be able to write on. (Side Note: You can prime your wood if you choose. I didn't think it was really necessary, because it's not a piece of furniture. You could also chose to stain your wood a darker color!) I chose a light color scheme of the natural wood and a light blue color that I had from an old sample. Using a paintbrush, paint the stripes. I didn't paint the backside but did make sure I got the sides of the board. You may need a couple coats depending on your color scheme. Once dry, take the tape off and gather supplies to draw on the ruler marks and numbers. I used craft paint for the numbers and a sharpie to draw the lines. 

Steps 8-10: I drew my numbers out with a pencil first and then painted with a fairly small brush. If you don't feel comfortable painting your numbers, you could always get a stencil or stickers. I didn't want my board to be over-taken with tick marks, so I decided to just mark every 3 inches. I made sure my numbers were in the middle of the stripe, and I used a sharpie and a ruler to draw out the lines of the ruler. I made the foot markers the longest (2 inches), the half foot markers second longest (1.5 inches) and then the quarter foot markers the shortest (1 inch). I wanted to hang my board, so I cut two pieces of rope 8 inches long and tied a knot at either end. I then used a staple gun to attach to the sides of the board. I wanted to personalize my board, so I decided to paint "The Van Blooms" along the edge. I really love the way it turned out!

I hope you like it! What a pretty way to track your family's growth :)

Amalia Van Bloom

Amalia is ParentSavvy's local style expert. She has lived in Omaha for five years with her husband, son and two cats. She enjoys being a new mom to her son, born last April. Amalia is a graphic designer and crafter extraordinaire.  She blogs on her personal experiences at ...

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