DIY Wooden Ruler Growth Chart & Giveaway!

Last fall, MSW mama Sam A. shared a great article for making a DIY wooden growth chart. After reading her article, Rosanna from Little Acorns By Ro contacted us wanting to participate in a giveaway for the decals she sells in her Etsy shop. She makes vinyl decals specificlly for wooden growth charts. This was too awesome to pass up!

I have been wanting to make a wooden ruler growth chart since I saw Sam’s article, and this was the kick-in-the-butt I needed to finally get it started.

To get started, I bought a piece of 1×6 oak from Home Depot and, even though it was pre-sanded, I sanded the edges so they were a little bit rounded. I splurged a bit on the sandpaper blocks— man, they were convenient!

The piece I got is six feet tall because that was recommended in the instructions that came with the decals.

Given that both of my brothers and my dad are over six feet tall, my husband thought I should have bought a taller one. I just laughed, thinking that I doubt my son will be willing to humor his mama and let me measure him if he gets that tall.

Next I stained the wood a dark brown color following the directions on the can of stain.

After letting it dry for a couple of days, I added the vinyl decals. The directions that came with them were very clear and they were really easy to apply.

The look I wanted to go for was a traditional wooden ruler, so those are the decals I got. Little Acorns By Ro sells decals in a couple of different styles, depending on the look you’re going for.

I was a little nervous, knowing that once the decals were stuck on there, I couldn’t move them. But once I got the first set of dash marks on there, I relaxed a bit and was able to get the rest completed without worry.

Lastly, I applied a thin layer of clear polyurethane. I wanted the surface to have a glossy sheen and to protect the decals from my “picky” son who likes to try and peel stickers off of anything.

I am so happy with how it turned out. I went back through my son’s baby book and wrote in his height at each of his three birthdays and a couple of random measurements we had recorded. Then we measured him at his current height at 3.5 years old. We’re planning to measure him every few months and see how it goes.

Right now, we are hanging our growth chart on a wall in our kitchen. I love that it will come with us when we move to a new house. I love that the look and feel of it gives me the freedom to can hang it anywhere in our house; it’s not restricted to my son’s room or a play room.

My husband and I are hoping that we can use it to record heights for future children and maybe even let it become a family heirloom. How awesome would it be if our son kept it and used it to record the height of his own children?!

If you’re looking to make a wooden growth chart for your home, I highly recommend checking out the options that Rosanna has in Little Acorns By Ro is giving away one set of growth chart decals at the winner’s choice. See the Rafflecopter app below to enter!

Must complete the first 4 entries for your entries to qualify. Giveaway open to readers in all countries. Must be 18 years of age or older. Giveaway ends 6/4/13 at 11:59pm PDT. Winner must claim prize by 6/7/13 or another winner will be chosen.

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16 Responses to DIY Wooden Ruler Growth Chart & Giveaway!

  1. Beautiful job with the chart! What an awesome keepsake to have and pass on!

  2. I love the traditional style numbers- I have been DYING to make this for Lorelai for a year now. I need to get a move on!

  3. Brooke Williamson Reply

    I would get the same ones that are used in the example! I love the simplicity and traditional look of those! Awesome design and idea!

    Thanks for the opportunity! :)

  4. I’d either choose the Girl’s or the traditional. I cant choose! I love them both! lol

  5. I love this…..been meaning to make one for a long time. Yours looks great!

  6. I have all the materials…now I just need some decals. ;) I like the traditional style.

  7. I really like the traditional style! Such a cute idea!

  8. can you tell me the color of the stain you used? I am getting ready to attempt this project and your color is exactly what I am looking for! Thank you!!

    • Hi Colleen! I actually used 2 different stains. The first color I applied was too orange for what I envisioned. It was so hard to visualize on the sample they had at Home Depot! So I let it dry and did 2 more coats of a less-orangey stain. They were both Minwax brand. The first coat was Gunstock, #231. The second 2 coats were in Special Walnut, #224. Good luck!!

  9. I love this idea! Great directions. I’ll have to add this to my long list of DIY to do!

  10. It’s is such a great idea, would be perfect for me as I currently rent my house so we could take it wherever we move.

    The decals would make it so much easier than trying to measure and mark myself

  11. How do you mark it? With coats of poly, does a pen mark easy to wipe off?

    • Hi Ed! So far we’ve just been using a black Sharpie marker and it’s been working just fine. It takes a minute for the ink to dry on the poly, but once it’s dry, it doesn’t wipe off again. We haven’t tried to wipe it off either though. :-) Thanks!

  12. I love the idea of a wooden growth chart. Also nice that you can take it with you if you ever move.

  13. Does the black sharpie show up well with the dark stain? I went to the etsy site you used for the tick marks and also got a decal with my son’s name and birth info to go on it as well. I went with black for the ticks and the name and info but I’m wondering if I should go with a lighter stain so it’s more contrast? What do you recommend? Thanks for sharing this, I’ve also wanted one for a while!

    • So far the black sharpie shows up fine on the stain that I went with… which you can see in the photos. It’s not readable from across the room, but it’s not so dark that you can’t read it.

      If you already have your stain, then I’d recommend staining a couple of small spots on the back of your board in varying darknesses (maybe try 2 and 3 coats too) and then write on them with a Sharpie and see how they look to you.

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