Things have been getting really serious around this blog lately. And that’s cool, because serious can be helpful! But not so serious can be helpful and even inspiring, too. I wanted to post this fun project I’ve just finished.
When I was growing up, my Grandma P (Grammie) had a “measuring wall.” Every time we visited her (which was weekly, lol), she would mark our height on a wall in her kitchen. My siblings, cousins, and I adored tracking our height on that kitchen wall. Over the years as friends and boyfriends/girlfriends came with us to meet Grammie, they got measured, too. Even Matt (who Grammie dubbed “good looking” made the wall. Grammie herself was 5 feet tall on a good day, so maybe she was growing vicariously through us 🙂
When we bought our house, I wanted a measuring wall. We started one in the basement, but it wasn’t in a place of honor the way Grammie’s measuring wall had been. But, my husband wasn’t thrilled at the idea of marking up our freshly painted walls upstairs, either.
That’s why I got so excited when I first saw a Growth Chart Ruler in Pottery Barn Kids Catalog two years ago. Immediate thought–“I can’t pay $100 for that.” Second thought-“I can make that!” My favorite handyman (my dad) confirmed this. After some searching on Pinterest I found this tutorial from 517 Creations, and I got to it. The supplies list for this project was cheap and easy:
- 1-1x8x6 pine board ($7.59 at Lowes)
- wood stain (I had Minwax stain in Kona on hand, but you can buy stain for $3 or leave it unstained)
- black acrylic paint ($0.67 at Michael’s)
- metal claw hanger (had on hand)
- small paint brush (had on hand)
The steps were easy.
- Stain wood (I used the method of lightly brushing it on, and then rubbing it off. Advice: wear gloves!)
- Create a document with numbers for ruler & print out (or freehand numbers if your handwriting is
not akin to a 3rd grader’sbetter than mine. I chose Georgia font in Mac Pages. You could use a stencil, too, but I’m cheap.
- After stain is totally dry (back of can said 5 hrs), use measuring tape to make hash (inch) marks for giant ruler.
- Trace printed numbers with a pen while pressing down on wood. The wood is soft, so it will create an indent.
- Go over wood indents of the numbers with a pen to give you a guide for painting.
- Use black paint to fill in the numbers and hash/inch marks.
- After paint dries attach a claw hanger to the back of ruler and find some space. Hanging tape should work, too.
- Watch your kids line up to see how BIG they are 🙂
My kids were really excited about this ruler, and I love the way it turned out. It isn’t perfect. Apparently, on real ruler the numbers and hash marks go on the left-oops. I’m guessing not all rulers are decorated by Logan’s crayon markings around the number 4, either (“I’m helping, mama!”) Still, this project was really easy, and didn’t take much time at all. I just know that Grammie is looking down on us smiling as “the measuring tradition” continues.
Just another project to add a little more FUN to this house. What’s next? painted piano? bookcase banister? More crafty decor? I shall see.
(one of Jackson to be added after school!)