DIY Ruler Growth Chart

Just this past Sunday morning I was watching Savannah play and I’m pretty sure she grew three inches overnight.  Seriously, one day she was reaching up on tip toes and could barely reach a shelf and the next day she was happily pulling everything out of the baskets on the shelf.  Can anyone explain to me how that happens?  It is also a good thing it is summer because all of her pants are basically capris now.

Since I have a feeling she is going to keep growing (no matter how many times I tell her to stop) I’m loving one of our latest DIY projects.  So when Savannah reaches 5 feet tall, which is probably going to be next week, I’ll be able to look back and at least remember when she was still a tiny tot.


If you’re not the most comfortable with power tools than this is a perfect project for you to take on.  Mostly because it doesn’t require any!  I guess we did use a power sander to get the board nice and smooth but if you don’t mind using a little elbow grease you can sand it yourself.

It all starts with picking the straightest, smoothest board you can find.  We used a 6 foot piece of 1 x 8 poplar.  We used poplar mainly because it was cheap.  :)  Then my husband gave the board a nice sanding.  I just like to always clarify that the hairy manly hands in pictures do not belong to me.

DIY Ruler Growth Chart

After sanding we stained the board using left over stain from our dresser to TV stand make-over.   The stain is such a nice dark color that it only needed one coat.

DIY Ruler Growth Chart

This next part was definitely not hard, but it is tedious.  Using a tape measure we marked out every inch along the edge and used painters tape to create thin lines for the ruler markings.  In the photo below you can faintly see the pencil marks.  Our goal was to have it look as much like a regular ruler as possible, just extra large.

DIY Ruler Growth Chart DIY Ruler Growth Chart

If you are making your own ruler here is something to keep in mind- if you will be hanging the ruler on the wall or leaving it on the ground.  Because that will make a difference in where you start counting your inches.   I knew I wanted to hang our ruler on the wall and above our tall baseboards.  So we measured from the floor to just a little bit above our baseboards and then started the lines on the ruler at 10 inches.

DIY Ruler Growth Chart

Once the entire board was marked off it was time to paint.  Some left over white paint from some project or another and a small foam brush was all it took.  We made it so the lines wrapped all the way around the side of the board too.

DIY Ruler Growth Chart DIY Ruler Growth Chart To create the numbers I cut them out of cardstock with my cricut and used the relief as the stencil.  I used a pencil to trace the outline and then just hand painted the numbers in with a tiny paint brush.   See how close the 1 foot mark is to the bottom of the board to allow for our baseboards?

DIY Ruler Growth Chart DIY Ruler Growth Chart And once the ruler was all finished and painted we hung it up in the corner of our living room!

DIY Ruler Growth Chart

For some reason my one year old did not get the memo that she was supposed to be my model.  She just wanted to wiggle, what is up with that?

DIY Ruler Growth Chart “Oh me?  You want me to sit still for a moment and be cute?”  (Her curly hair.  I die.)

DIY Ruler Growth Chart Despite the time needed to tape off every line for each inch, this was actually a fast and easy project.  And every year on her birthday as we mark on there how Savannah grows, and any future children, it will be a project we will treasure for a lifetime.

DIY Ruler Growth Chart


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12 Responses to DIY Ruler Growth Chart

  1. Liv says:

    Love the ruler…..but really love the baby (or should I say toddler)! Anyway, both are great!

  2. Renee says:

    When you measure your daughter, what do you use to write the date or age with?

  3. Mel says:

    Which Cricut cartridge did you use?

  4. Erin says:

    Did you use a clear coat to protect your paint and stain after you were done?

  5. Julia says:

    How did you hang this?

  6. Jenna Wilson says:

    What is the size of your numbers?

  7. Amber says:

    How did you hang this?

    • Brie @Darling Doodles says:

      Hi Amber! We added a small picture hanger on the back at the very top and then used Command Strips down the sides.

      Hope this helps!

  8. Stacey Litrenta says:

    Thanks for this tutorial! How did you remove the oil and residue left over from the tape after you painted the lines white?

  9. Krissy says:

    I have had the board to make a growth chart ready – cut, sanded and stained by the hubby – sitting in my garage for nearly a year because I am a major procrastinator/slacker. I am finally doing the numbers and look up different tutorials to figure out which method I want do to. I decided to use yours for reference but thought “she is crazy, there is no way I am taping off all those sections, I will just free hand it!” Welll…… I freehanded 5 lines and decided I wanted them to look better than my freehanding was going so here I sit…taping off all the lines! This part is tedious lol.

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