It’s no secret I’ve moved a lot. 32 times actually… But my Husband? He grew up in the same house from birth to the time we got married. Of course SINCE we got married things have changed for him a lot. We’ve moved 10 1/2 times (I count the remodel as 1/2 because we basically moved everything out and back in again!). Anyway my husband grew up with a door that they measured their heights on. When my In law’s moved a few years ago they brought their door with them. With all the moving we’ve done I’ve never had anything to measure my kids with. So I finally decided to do something about it! I made my own Ruler Growth Chart!
We have tall genes, my family ranges from 6 feet to 6 feet 8 inches (yes I’m a shorty at 5′ 9″). My husbands family ranges from 6 feet to 6 feet 2 inches. SOOO I had to consider how TALL our kids might get when I started. Since the kids all START at 21 inches I knew we didn’t need the bottom foot. I decided to go from 1 foot to 7 feet. I went with a pine board 6 feet long and 1 foot wide and 3/4 inches thick.
I sanded down the board, the edges, corners, etc. I wanted it nice and smooth. I considered creating an angle at one edge, like a real ruler, but decided not to take the time. Then I sealed the wood with a polyurethane. I considered staining the wood too, but decided to go with the natural color.
I created vinyl with marks every inch, longer ones at the foot mark as well as medium ones at 3, 6 and 9 inches. I decided to have the numbers (using a font as close to the numbers on the ruler I was basing it all on) RIGHT across from the longer dash, but you could also have then next to the dash as well. Using a font as similar to a ruler as I could I also cut out our name with a “since 2000” (the year we got married of course) underneath. Then I sealed the whole thing a few more times over the vinyl.
I’m really happy with how it turned out. The funny thing is I finished this 6 months ago! Yup that long ago! BUT I just barely got around to hanging it. The part I hadn’t considered was how short our ceilings are in our basement! The spot I had PLANNED on putting it wasn’t 7 feet tall (imagine how my 6′ 2″ husband feels down here). So I had to rethink. PLUS I was worried that if it was left out in a common area Destruct-o Girl (still working on a nickname for the youngest now that she isn’t the Naked One 24/7 anymore) would draw on it if I left it out! I ended up putting it in a small space in my office.
Now onto marking it up! I have TERRIBLE handwriting. Really horrific. So now I don’t want to mark up my pretty growth chart with my nasty writing. So I decided to use my silhouette! I wanted the writing smallish and I wanted it to be permanent so I didn’t want to use the vinyl itself for the names, but I COULD use the vinyl for a stencil for permanent marker!
I first went with a font that was like handwriting, but it was too decorative and didn’t work. then I moved onto a simpler, plainer font. It worked GREAT! I cut the names and their ages and birthday’s this year. Then I cut the names into strips. I measured each child and stuck the vinyl onto the growth chart.
Then with a permanent marker I filled in the stencils!
Peel off the vinyl stencil and voila!!! Now I think I’ll go back in time using the measurements from their birthday Dr. appointments! Yup, I keep all those things so it won’t be a problem! What do you think? Or is that overboard?
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AMAZING!!! Such a fun project!!! You did a great job…my “old” growth chart was on the back of a closet door in our old house..and yes we’ve moved since then.
Growing up we moved a lot too, so I never had one! It’s fun to have something to mark the kids and take with us when we move (if we ever move!)
whatever DeeDee Wants
I love this! I may need to make one of these for my little boy. Thanks for sharing!
Thanks! I’m SO happy with how it turned out.
I love it Ashlee! The font is perfect and I love the clean look of it. What a fun way to document your kids growth. I hope you’re doing well.
Thank you so much! We tried a few different fonts before we (the gal who helped me with her vinyl) picked the perfect one!
Totally overboard and totally cool. Nicely done.
Thanks! I am my mothers daughter, overboard is my middle name!
I love this! Since we moved from our old house where we wrote the heights on the wall, I needed something new that we can take with us…that doesn’t have a giraffe or a tree on it! Thanks for sharing!
Agreed, I’m not a fan of giraffe’s or trees either! I’m so glad you liked it!
Sarah @ Frills Fluff and Trucks
I love this–and I totally think you should go back and fill in the old info. I’ve been wanting to make a giant ruler (and you know I’ll be “pinning” this one!”) and I totally plan on filling in all the old info! 🙂
Thanks Sarah, I hope you do make it, it was super easy, at least if you have a vinyl cutter, or have a friend with one!
Ashley, this project turned out wonderfully! I’ve been in love with ruler growth charts for a bit now and I am very picky. Yours is one of my favorites.
Thanks Tauni!! I’ve been picking looking for a cute one for years too. I’m so happy with how this turned out!
I’m featuring this on my blog on Wednesday. It’s such a cool way to document your kids growth without being all cutesy. Love it!
Thanks for the feature. I’ll come over and check it out Wednesday!
What exact font did you use for the numbers, your name, and the “since 2000?”
Man I don’t remember. We (the gal who cut the vinyl for me) designed and cut the vinyl over a year ago! The numbers were “century schoolhouse” I believe. I emailed her asking if she remembered so if she get’s back to me I’ll let you know!
I love love love this idea! The vinyl makes your ruler look so professional!
Thanks! I actually tried taping it off and painting it first, but I couldn’t STAND the bleeding, so I sanded it all off and used the vinyl, SO much better!
I LOVE this. I might have to try this out. It’s perfect idea for military families.
Any family that moves alot should have one to take with them, and it’s so flat it’s easy to slide into a moving van somewhere! I hope you make it and love it!
This is a brilliant idea! And enough room for all the kids names and heights!! Thanks for sharing this.
Thanks! I hope so, it’s going to get pretty crowded by the end with 5 kids!
Oh this is just the epitome of growth charts! The best I’ve ever seen for sure! You did a fantastic job! Jen @ http://www.icantstopcrafting.blogspot.com
Thanks so much! I am so happy with how it turned out!
LOVE THIS! My kids are grown(ish) (the ‘baby’ is 16) but this reminds be a school project I had to do (ok, help do) once of a ‘timeline’ and I decided to use wood grain contact paper and make it like a ruler, with each “inch” a year in the child’s life, with a picture and a blurb about that time in their life. He was only 8 at the time, so we added to it each year until he was 12. I treasure it now, all rolled up in my mommy’s keepsake closet, now the room of my daughter who was recently married (sniffsniff) I think I might save a picture of this to whip up for her for when she has babies… she is NOT crafty! good job!!
Sounds like a lot of work! How fun that you kept it. I have a box for each child where I keep treasures, but just a box, so I can’t fit much!
I don’t know much about vinyl. How did you get the layout? Did you have a program or created yourself? I bought my board a while back, but I have been trying to figure out how to mark it.
this was before I had my silhouette, I had a friend with a professional vinyl business that did the cutting for me. She has her own program, not sure what it is. But you could easily use the silhouette or any other program. I did the lines every inch, each line is about 3/16th of an inch wide and the length varies depending on the marker. So I cut out a 6 foot vinyl piece because she cut it to exact length.
I love this!!! What a fabulous idea. I can’t wait to make one.
Thank you so much, I am so in love with this too! Of course I still haven’t gone back and added the older heights! The baby may be the next time I get around to it… Maybe I should make a goal to have it updated BEFORE he arrives!
LOVE this idea. I’m wondering if the gal who cut your vinyl would be willing to sell the same set to me. I have been looking for just the right growth chart and this is perfect!!!
I’ll ask her again, she was going to start up a business, but then she and her husband decided to move and it’s been a CRAZY summer for her. I can’t seem to remember the font of the writing, but do remember the measurements and font from the numbers and lines. I’ll let you know when she get’s back to me!
Hollie @ I'm Busy Procrastinating
I never had a growth chart growing up and didn’t do one with my own son (who’s now in high school), but I always thought the family growth charts on the door frames were so sweet. What a cute idea to make your own ruler that can move when you do. You people and your Silhouettes can create such perfect lines and type. I may have to break down and get one someday.
Thanks! I actually did the lines and numbers and stuff before I got a silhouette, I hired a friend with a massive vinyl cutter to do it, but I’m loving creating the stencil with my silhouette as my handwriting is illegible and then what’s the point?
Rachel @ Lines across my face
What a great idea. It is so cute. I also moved around a lot growing up and we had a door that we marked for a long time. So when we moved we took the door with us. Now it is sitting in my parent’s closet somewhere. I really want to make one of these for my kids! I would love it if you would stop by and share this at the crafty link party going on right now at Lines Across My Face.
I hope to see you soon,
My in laws took their door with them too! It’s in the garage somewhere. They had it in between our basement apartment and the upstairs, but the kids started to draw on it, so we moved it!
I love this! I can’t wait to do this for my home – thanks for the great idea!
I’m so glad you like it! I am still tickled every time I walk by mine (then feel a bit anxious because I still haven’t added all the other heights- but mostly tickled!)