Monday, December 13, 2010

Ruler Growth Chart

When I was little, my aunt and uncle tracked our heights on the wall of their kitchen. I remember being in awe of the lines on the wall, each accompanied by a name, date and age. My cousin's line was always inches above mine, but it seemed that I would soon catch up. I never did.

I've always wanted to recreate that memory for my kids, but living in a condo-for-sale isn't conducive to marking on the walls.

So I started shopping growth charts - I wanted something simple, gender-neautral, sturdy and easy to transport for if/when we move.

I fell in love with a giant ruler growth chart at Pottery Barn Kids, but there ain't no way I was spending $75 on an oversized ruler. So because I like crafts and my husband likes projects, we decided to create our own ruler growth chart.

We bought a 1"x8" poplar board - 6' tall. It cost less than $17. We already had sandpaper, stain, and paint. It was a cheap and easy project, and I love the results.

After sanding the board, my husband applies the stain.

The stain is walnut. I love the way it pops when against the wall.

He only stained the front and sides.

Anyone notice the peanut gallery?

I used a ruler and black paint to add the markings.

We placed the finished project in my son's room. Eventually I'd like to put it in a hallway or play area.

I used a black Sharpie to add the kids' names, dates, and heights.


I love the way this turned out. I think it will be a special item that we'll have forever.

What about you, do you have a growth chart for your family?

9 comments:

  1. So cute! Would make a great homemade gift too if you have a baby shower in your near future.

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  2. Love it! And great idea to make them for baby shower gifts. Or Matt can quit his job and sell them.

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  3. Very nice Ali, I thought about picking out a wall to do this on but I might steal this idea from you all. I'd hate to move in 15 years and not have it any more. Great idea!

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  4. Peanut gallery pic....LOVE IT!

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  5. Coley - hmmm, good idea. Don't tell.
    Marla - something tells me that guns sell better than growth charts.
    Jared - Do you ever comment on my blog? Is this a first? I'm excited!
    Jill - I'm sick of missing you.

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  6. Wow - we have one on a 2x4 (for the same reason - who knows where and when God will move us). . .I like yours better=:)

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  7. LOVE this idea! we totally need one.

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  8. You are rediculously adorable Alison. I am jealous of everything you and Matt do. And if Matt sells - I want. :)

    ~Lo

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  9. Lauren, I'm still waiting on your blog.

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