A few years back, Pottery Barn had a giant ruler growth chart. Then about 500 bloggers knocked it off. (seriously they are all over Pinterest). I love this idea, but since 2/3's of my kids are as big as me, I think our family is past this stage of our lives.
I thought it was too fun of an idea not to steal, so I made one as a Christmas gift.
I started w/ a 6 foot piece of pine.
Step 1: Sand it
Step 2: Stain it
Step 3: Paint it white
Step 4: Sand it along the edges
Step 5: Do not freak out when your youngest spills stain all over, instead just put a coat of stain on top of the paint
Step 6: Sand it AGAIN
Step 7: I made a template out of contact paper to form the lines.
Step 8: Draw the lines w/ a sharpie ( I started 6 inches up, so when you hung it on the wall the measurements would be correct)
Step 9: I cut out the numbers and their name out of vinyl
She probably would have preferred a gift card, but I love how it turned out.
I saw a cute idea: Each time you take your kid's measurement, you ask them what they want to be when they grow up and record it next to their measurement.