Wednesday, January 4, 2012

Shabby Chic Giant Ruler Growth Chart

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.

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  1. Oh SUPER cute... I LOVE it.. Stopping in from Crafty Soiree...

  2. Love it! That's great. You can always keep it.

  3. Love that idea...wish I had thought about it before I started marking on the actual wall :)

  4. Love it! Wish I would have thought of that before I started marking on the actual wall :)

  5. How cute! Nice idea. Thanks for linking to Things I've Done Thursday!


  6. I love it. My mom marked our heights on the wall and eventhough we were teenagers it was fun because all our friends marked their heights on it over the years. I've thought about making a growth chart over the years, but I think this is the cutest one I've seen!

  7. I love this and would totally prefer it over a gift card.

    Thanks so much for sharing at Pin'Inspiration Thursday last week. Hope to see you back again this week :-)