Ruler Growth Chart

We wanted to make a growth chart to keep track of the heights of the kids over time.  Shirley’s internet/pinterest browsing eventually came up with a brilliant, but well used idea: a growth chart that looks like a ruler.

We bought a 6 foot tall cedar fence board for $5, and then sanded, and stained using the vinegar/iron treatment described in our farmhouse table post. We thought about how to create the gradation lines and the numbers.  At first we thought about using stencils but figured it would be easier to just use a framing square to draw the various lines to the right length with a black Sharpie marker.

Then for the numbers, we used a word processor to type the 6 numbers in Century 160 point font and printed it out.  Then we put the printed paper in the right place on the ruler and used a ballpoint pen to trace out the edges of the number while pressing hard.  This created a slight indentation on the soft wood.  Then we used the marker to draw the number using the indentation of the number as a guide. All this work needed a lot of effort, not to mention precision, hence, the work schedule could easily have extended till sundown and well beyond that. But at unearthly hours, the insects and mosquitos have a field day, pestering us and hindering our work. If you’re working this late, what you’re in need of is a good Buzz Zapper. With the best bug zappers reviewed, you’d save yourself some precious time scouring for the right one.

Here are a couple of pictures of the finished product, before and after it was sealed with Poly Whey sealer.  The board starts at 6 inches because it will be mounted above our 5-1/2″ baseboard.

Before sealing:

After sealing (the color turned browner after sealing):

Here’s a picture of our son who did not want to stand still to get measured on his 2nd birthday, even when being offered a banana.

The project was completed in a little over an hour and for a pretty minor cost (~$5).

4 thoughts on “Ruler Growth Chart

  1. Laurel says:

    I found your site while looking for ways to add trim to an existing cabinet. Your IKEA hack turned out beautifully. But now I’m inspired to create a growth chart for my kids too. Yours looks so neat!

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