DIY: Growth Chart

DIY_growth_chart

I really wanted to have a growth chart to mark the progress of my precious little guy throughout life, but I also wanted it to be something that I could create.  So here’s what I did!

The finished product!
The finished product!

I love love love how it turned out and it is something super easy to do.

Want to create one of your own?  Here’s how I did it:

  1. Supplies you will need: piece of wood slab (you can get one from any home supply store), sanding paper, wood stain (select your favourite colour!), clear varnish, a black marker and a stencil of the numbers (this is optional), and hanging hooks (I used a standard d-ring).
  2. Once you have your supplies you will start out by sanding down your piece of wood.  Once you are satisfied that it’s nice and smooth go ahead and apply the stain.  Feel free to do as many coats of stain as you wish, just keep in mind that you will be writing on this board so you don’t want it to be too dark or you won’t see the markings.
  3. Once the staining is dried apply the markings and numbers.  I started marking the points from 5″, this is based on the chart being hung exactly 5″off of the floor.  Take your time with this step since you want the markings to be measured out correctly.  I also suggest using a pencil to start with so if you make a mistake it’s no big deal.  Once you are sure you have them marked correctly go ahead and use your black permanent marker and a ruler to make the straight lines.
  4. Next draw out your numbers.  I decided to use a stencil to help me with this part but if you trust your free hand then go ahead and do that.  You can also use black paint to do the numbers but I found a black permanent market to be easier and it looks just as great.
  5. Lastly, apply the varnish.  I am partial to a satin finish but choose the varnish that best fits your style.  The varnish will seal in all of your markings and you can still write on it with a permanent marker.
Here is the plank of wood after sanding, the stain I selected and the wood after one coat of stain.
Here is the plank of wood after sanding, the stain I selected and the wood after one coat of stain.
Here's a close up so you can see more detail.
Here’s a close up so you can see more detail.

That’s it!  Now just have fun marking your child’s growth!  I started it out with my son’s birth height, his height at six months, and next I will mark his height on each birthday for years to come!

This is a great little project if you want to make something special for your little one or even as a gift for a nephew/niece or even grandson/granddaughter.

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