How tall am I now??

I remember in my grandfather’s house we had a doorframe that marked my and my siblings’ heights with pencil at all different ages.  Now that I have my own children I wanted to do something similar…except that Army life is not exactly conducive to drawing on walls.  And then prying it off of the frame and taking it with you.  Somehow I don’t think the landlords would be too pleased.

Fortunately the internet and Pinterest are around, meaning I was able to find a solution to my problem without giving it too much thought at all:  a DIY growth chart.  They’re all over the place and there are all kinds of different ways to make them.  I decided simple is always best:  a long piece of wood painted to look like a ruler.

I pinned a ruler that I liked:  this one.  I love how it has photos of the kids at the different heights running alongside it.  Unfortunately this idea isn’t any more feasible in a rental home as a door frame ruler is–Hubby would have a heart attack just thinking about all the holes he’d have to hammer in!

So I decided to compromise.  I would put pictures of the children in the vicinity of the height they were at each age.  I’m not sure what it’s going to look like by kid number 4, but for now it looks great!

We made it about 2 years ago so I’m going to remember as best I can how we did it.  Adventures in Decorating has very detailed instructions on her blog if you need specific direction!

Hubby picked up the board, cut it to size and sanded it down for me.  The board itself is 6 feet tall and 10 inches wide.

We had some leftover stain from when we stained our bedroom suite, so I just used that.  It’s a nice dark color, which I love.

Then I got to work on the lines.  This part was very time consuming.  I used my fabric tape measure to mark all of the lines off with a pencil first.  We figured that the ruler wouldn’t be flush with the ground when hung on the wall, so it starts off at 10 inches.  We just make sure to hang it 10 inches from the floor in each home so it’s accurate.  It goes all the way up to 6 feet 11 inches.  I don’t anticipate having giant children since I’m only 5’2″ and Hubby is 5’10”, but you never know.  It could I marked each line off I used a white paint pen from Michaels to make the lines.  This part was a giant pain in the ass.  It bled a lot and made quite the mess.  As you can see, some lines are thicker than others.  I finally got the hang of using it about halfway through.  So if this is your first time using a paint pen you may want to practice first!diy-growth-chart-ruler-3For the numbers I just printed off 1-6 on Silhouette Studio in a font that I liked and a size that seemed like it would work.  I didn’t want them too big because I was going to need as much space as I could get for all of the photos on it.  My machine cut the stencils out and I traced them on with a pencil.  Then I filled them all in with the paint I searched for my favorite photos of J when she was 1 and 2.  I opened them up in my Silhouette, sized them to something that was big enough to see, but hopefully not so big that all of our future children wouldn’t fit.  I added her age and height on each photo, then printed them off.  I just modge podged them straight onto the ruler.  diy-growth-chart-ruler-4I actually had no idea how tall J was at 12 months.  I searched through all of my papers from J’s first year of doctors visits (the entire box of crap that I’ll get around to scrapbooking someday.  Like when she’s 25.), but couldn’t find a record of how tall she was at 1 year.  So I just estimated.  Close enough!

J is now 4 1/2 and C is 14 months.  As you can see, I’m not very good at keeping up with it.  I think I’ll update it right now…diy-growth-chart-ruler