DIY Homemade Oversized Ruler Growth Chart

Oversized Ruler Growth and Height ChartWhen Hunter was about One. I realized I needed to find a way to watch him grow and remember him at different sizes. Of course, the first thing I did was stand him up to the walk and measure him and mark his height with my pencil. This house was never in the plan to be our forever house. I either had to find a way to bring the wall with us when we moved or come up with another way to measure his height.

I started seeing these over sized rulers all over DIY Blogs, Pinterest and Etsy. I knew there was no way I was going to pay someone else for a piece of wood.  I headed over to Home Depot and ended up with a nice piece of Pine already cut 6 feet long and 8 inches wide. This was going to be easy – stain, mark and measure. Right?

Nope. I totally forgot the stain and I was not about to go back out. Here’s where I decided to “Ask the Internet”. (Whenever my father in law, needs us to look up anything on the computer for him, he asks us to “Ask the Internet!”) I googled homemade stains and discovered you can add just about anything to vinegar and come up with any color stain you wanted, nails, tobacco, tomato sauce, nuts, steel wool, pennies, basically anything. I went with the steel wool, since I was leery to add food to stink up my wall and I liked the greyish “restoration hardware” look of the steel wool. I also happened to have at least 2 bags of it from an attempt to fill holes and prevent mice from coming into my house.

Homemade Stain - Vinegar and steel woolI filled an old glass tomato sauce jar with vinegar and put in a big piece of steel wool and waited a day to see the color. I was finally happy with the color two days later and could now start staining my Pine for my Height chart Ruler.Homemade wood stain

I loved the color of the stain. I loved the fact that it was all natural and I loved the fact that it was free. I was sold on natural stains. After staining top and all 4 sides. I let it dry overnight.
Homemade wood stainI then printed out numbers 1 to 6 on my computer in the font and size I wanted. Grabbed a ruler, pencil and a sharpie marker and started making myself a ruler.

Note: Measure where you want to place the Ruler so you can figure out where to start marking your numbers. I knew we had pretty high molding and I wanted it to be so far above the molding to look somewhat centered in the space. My Ruler would begin about 10 inches off the ground, so I left 2 inches before the 1 foot mark.IMG_4756

I Made shorter lines for the inches and a line about double the inch line for the Feet numbers.  I wanted to be able to clearly see each inch and foot to make for less math work when measuring my kids height. I do not like math. Numbers drive me batty.
all markedI used to ruler to keep lines as straight as I could with the pencil and then traced over the numbers I printed out until it left an indention in my soft pine wood. If you are using oak or another harder wood this part maybe more difficult unless you have nice handwriting, which I do not. after the whole ruler was marked out in pencil. I did my best to steadily trace over the pencil and in the indention.  Finished.IMG_4759

I completely love this Oversized Industrial looking Growth chart! We can take it with us when we move and have it forever, Unless one of the kids happens to grow taller then 7 Feet, then I will be back to marking up my walls.DIY height chart