I recently guest posted at Craft Monkey with this post.
While vacationing recently, I was looking through some magazines and I found this project. I love the versatility of it. Shortly after seeing it in the magazine I was visiting my Aunt Dot and noticed that her granddaughter had marked the height of her son on my aunt’s dining room doorway. The problem is, the granddaughter and the great-grandson have since moved out and my aunt may be selling her property soon. With this DIY Growth chart that would never be a problem. You move, it goes with you!
I purchased an 8 ft 1x6 (which is really 5.5 inches wide), and cut the board in half. This gave me two growth charts each 48 inches long.
I painted a coat of black paint just on the top of the board.
I used my Silhouette to cut out the numbers and dashes to resemble a ruler. I use contact paper to make stencils instead of expensive vinyl.
I create a hinge with ScotchBlue painter’s tape, then I remove the paper backing.
I also use clear contact paper as my transfer paper. Here, the paper backing has been removed and I’m about to burnish the contact paper numbers and dashes onto my board.
To keep the paint from bleeding under my vinyl (contact paper) I paint another coat of black over top of the vinyl.
After the black paint dried, I used this handy roller painter from Martha Stewart and rolled some pink pearl paint over the entire board.
After the pink paint dried, I peeled off the vinyl (contact paper) numbers and dashes.
While I was at it, I painted a red one,
And a couple of off white ones.
As with any growth chart, these hang a couple of feet off the floor. Remember, the best part is you can take them with you when you move! You could also attach pictures at the appropriate spot when you record your child’s height.
Gail Wilson is the author and mastermind behind My Repurposed Life. She is obsessed with finding potential in unexpected places and believes that with a little hard work and imagination, any old thing can be made useful again, including herself!
Gail reinvented herself during a midlife crisis and has found purpose again. She hopes you will find new ideas for old things and pick up a few tools along the way.