How I did a DIY Wall Ruler Growth Chart 1


diy wood growth chart ruler

diy wood growth chart ruler

I have seen these growth ruler wall decorations and I decided to make one as a house warming gift for my sister. You can mount it on your wall and then mark your children’s growth! It is definitely an adorable idea and I’ll probably make one for my kids as well.  I started with a scrap piece of wood I found in our garage.

 

Supplies Needed:

Scrap Piece of wood (size is up to you! A little longer than 4 feet though). I used a 1×4 piece of pine.

Hanging kit

2 pieces of scrapbook paper–color is up to you

wood stain

Cricut machine

Mod Podge glue

Mod Podge clear acrylic spray

pencil

Cricut (You could handpaint letters/numbers too–it’s very easy to use the Cricut for something like this)

 

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I used a stain I had laying around. This is one of my favorite colors: Special Walnut by Minwax.

 

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I stained the raw wood with a rag…

 

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Here is the finished stained piece.

 

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Next for preparing the “ruler”. I marked using a pencil every 3 inches.

 

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I used a Cricut to cut the lines, numbers, and letters that I will use to glue onto the piece of wood.

 

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I cut 3 different size lines, numbers 2 through 5 and my sister’s daughter’s name. I used regular scrapbook paper in pink and gray. I started at 2 feet and 1 foot because when you go to hang the ruler, you can hang it a foot off of the ground, so 1 foot will start at the bottom of the ruler.

 

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I used Mod Podge to glue on the lines, numbers, and letters.

 

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I used a paint brush to paint on the glue.

 

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Here is the layout. I put the lines on the pencil marks I made earlier. The small lines were on the quarter foot marks, medium lines on the half foot marks, and largest lines on the foot marks.

 

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After the glue has dried(I gave about 24 hours) I used a sealer spray to spray on the entire ruler. I used Mod Podge clear acrylic sealer.

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Here it is after I sprayed, drying.

 

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…And the finished product up on the wall! You can use a hanging kit like this one: http://www.homedepot.com/p/OOK-50-Piece-Picture-Hanging-Kit-59204/100081066 and use the sawtooth hangers. Measure 1 foot off of the ground for where the bottom of the ruler should be.

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