I’ve always wanted a way to track how my daughter grows over the years but I wanted something that one, I could take with me if we ever moved and two, that didn’t look tacky. So I decided to make this wooden growth chart! It was super easy and you can do it a variety of ways. I’ve previously made them by staining the wood and using a black paint pen you can buy at Hobby Lobby. For this one I had a request to match a nursery so I used paint. All the steps are the same. That’s what’s great about this project. You can make it any color you want!
Start with a 8 in x 1 in board that’s six feet long. You can get this at any lumber store.
Now either stain it whatever color you want or paint it. I recommend using a light color stain or paint so that the colors will show up. I used some left over Annie Sloan chalk paint and watered it down a bit so the grain still comes through.
Let it dry completely. Now get your measuring tape and lay it across the board. Start measuring every inch starting at 6 inches. You will hang the board six inches from the floor and the board will measure up to 6 foot 6 inches.
After that, draw out the hash marks. I make each inch mark two inches long and each foot mark 4 inches long. I start with a pencil first so I can make sure it’s all level. I think typically the black paint pen covers up the pencil better but I went over the hash marks a couple of times and it worked out fine.
Next I printed out numbers 1-6 to the size and shape I wanted and cut them out. I laid them on the ruler and traced around them. I just eye balled the placement.
Once they were traced I went back with my paint marker.
Then I filled in the numbers.
I wasn’t thrilled with how this color sharpie turned out so I bought a similar paint color and ended up filling the numbers in with paint.
Here is the one I did for my daughter with the stain and black sharpie pen.
That’s about it! Once it’s dried, secure it to the wall and have fun tracking your little ones growth!!!!
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