DIY Growth Chart Ruler

My son is growing so fast and tall, and I wanted to keep track of his height throughout the year by making a growth chart. I made a chart for my nephew last year, so it was only a matter of time before I made one for my home.

I must admit that it took me a while to make my nephew’s chart because the wood board needed several coats of paint, and I obsessed over making sure each line was straight.


I was much more calm this time and wanted to do a simpler version that my son could use for many years.

I began by buying a 1x8x6 pine board from Home Depot.

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I was about to buy some wood stain until I remembered that I already owned some small bottles that were part of a kit I bought a year ago.

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The colors were brown, golden brown, and gold. I chose brown because I wanted the wood to have a darker tint. I let the stain dry overnight before I drew the numbers and lines on the board.

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I used a pencil, tape measure, a black Sharpie marker, stencils, and a ruler to help draw lines and numbers on the board.

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Finally, I sealed the board with Mod Podge (Satin finish).

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I have not decided where to hang the chart. I’ll probably mount it to a wall in my son’s room so he can measure his height. The best part is that we can keep the chart for a long time and not have to worry about painting a wall to cover markings when we decide to move.

3 thoughts on “DIY Growth Chart Ruler

  1. Adrienne, I am so glad you decided to make the growth chart. I have a confession I started to make one similar to yours over 6 months ago and all the supplies are still sitting in my office. Your chart turned out great!!! Pinned.

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