Hey everyone! Shortly after we moved into our house (six years ago now), I made this wooden growth chart based on similar ones I saw for sale on Etsy. I figured, I can do that! And yep, it was totally easy and very inexpensive!
Here’s the finished product hanging just off our kitchen.
I love that it’s a move-able record of how the girls are growing. They were such itty-bitties when we began this tradition! And now…
My how they’re growing…
So here’s how I made it:
Wooden Growth Chart
Nap Rating = 2 naps
Tools and Materials
- 1 x 8 x 8 #1 pine board (Upon my husband’s urging, I splurged and bought the higher grade of lumber because he was afraid the board would warp over time if I didn’t. In hindsight, I’m glad I listened to him. It’s still straight as…well…a board, six years later.)
- Table saw
- Wood stain
- Black sharpie
- Ruler or yardstick
- Sawtooth picture hanger
- Cut your 1 x 8 x 8 down to 7 feet.
- Give it a couple coats of stain.
- Lightly mark the board’s edge with a pencil in 1″ increments.
- Using a ruler as a straight edge, draw hash marks with the Sharpie at each 1″ increment. Make the 1/4″ and 1/2″ measurements slightly longer.
- Print numbers 1 through 6 off of using a computer in the font of your choice.
- Next use my pencil transfer technique described here and here to transfer outlines of the numbers to each foot. Position the 1-foot mark 6″ from the bottom of the board. This way, you’ll end up with 6″ above the 6-foot mark as well.
- Fill the outlines of the numbers in with the Sharpie.
- Finally, attach a picture hanger to the back of the growth chart and hang the ruler exactly 6″ from the floor.
I just love this thing. It adds a little schoolhouse style to our house, too, which is fun for this stage in our family’s life. If you like this post, you might also like: