Tuesday, August 16, 2011

how to make a wooden growing chart

Today I'm going to show you how to turn a regular piece of wood into a cute growing chart for your family.  If you move a lot, this is a great project since it can move with you!
Also, this is a fairly cheap project to make if you buy your supplies on sale. I spent around $8 or $9 dollars.

 I mark every person's height on their birthday. Soon after I made this, I realized I couldn't find my oldest daughter's height from the first 3 years of her life, anywhere. I was so bummed. I'm pretty sure when I called the pediatrician's office, that we had since moved away from, and asked them to pull her chart from their archives, just to tell me her height, they thought I was crazy!!! But hey, we moms will do silly things for the sake of crafting and recording important things! Right?

On to the project... 

Start with... a regular piece of wood. (Mine is a cheap 6 foot plank from Home Depot).

Then paint it with an acrylic wood paint, any color you wish. I chose a light brown. 
Let it dry.

Next, take it outside and sand the edges with an electric sander or just a piece of sandpaper.

With an old rag, rub wood stain all over it. A little goes a long way.

After everything is dry, attach hangers to the back and decide where you'll be hanging it.

With a regular flexible tape measure, figure out how high off the ground you want to hang your board. Mine fit perfectly in a little space off my kitchen, but wasn't exactly a foot off the ground like I wanted. The ceiling is too low, so I had to start it at 11 inches off the ground. And that's where the tape measure begins. Does this make sense? I hope so! Hot glue the tape measure.

Then you're ready to attach some cute things to it. These little wooden creatures from Hobby Lobby were on sale for pennies. I hot glued them.

You can add your name, a title, or whatever else you want. 

You can also skip the tape measure and paint your own inch markings to the board. 
Gather your family's measurements, and you're done!

(I posted this a few weeks ago as a guest post on the blog "Keepin It Simple.")Linked up here and here and here.


  1. Very cute, I am sure the kids love it!

  2. That is a great idea, very cute too!

  3. love it awesome so very cute and with such a great purpose come see me at http://shopannies.blogspot.com and see what I shared

  4. This is very cute and different from other growth charts, I love that you incorporated a woodland theme into it!
    I also wanted to let you know you've been featured on my blog today, feel free to come grab a featured button :)

  5. so fun! I love the wooden accents! Thanks for linking up and sharing!

  6. I love owl so much!!! Lets link party together....i am your newest follower..i am having a saturday link over here...

  7. nice job! I love those owls and trees from HL too! they look great on your growth chart. There are not many cute ones out there- but yours is nice!

  8. I love it. So unique and cute. Thanks for sharing, I'm storing it in my inspiration folder for sure!

    Brie from darlingdoodles.blogspot.com

  9. I found you on C.R.A.F.T., and I just LOVE what you did. I think I will have to make one for the nursery when it is done!

    By the way, I am hosting a giveaway right now & would love to have you check it out!


    Your newest follower!

  10. Thank you so much for linking up with us.

    We have featured you at Nothing But Country this week.

    Thanks for your wonderful Creative Creation!!!

    Mary Beth

  11. cute and simple idea - the perfect combo! Great way to keep up with the kiddos height. Linked over from A2Z

  12. WOW you must have a really tall family. cool.

  13. so cute - love the owls. We never had a growth chart at home & it is still something my girls ask for - they love to see how tall they are.

    Thanks for sharing this on the Sunday Showcase - hope to see you this week.


  14. These are too adorable to ignore. Even if the kids do grow and exceed the chart, one can still keep it for memories.

  15. I must agree on this cause. The lack of timber quota is appalling and it is prone to over harvest of trees. Woodscraftsmen like me use salvage wood and drift wood on our art works.

  16. Such a great project and keepsake for the family!


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♥Rach H