I love, love watching our children grow. Actually any child for that matter. I am so mesmerized when children are beginning to learn and figure things out on their own. It’s so funny when the littlest thing can interest them for hours (or what seems like hours in mamma time).
Our daughter has really been getting into the idea of growing. She loves eating foods that will “make her big and strong like a grownup”,(which I say is fruits and veggies) she loves when her shoes get too small and loves being measured to track her growth. Sure, she wants to be measured after every meal, yet I can’t help but chuckle. My dad started measuring her right around 2 years old. It’s marked in permanent marker right on his wall, showcasing how proud he is to be a Grandad. Now that we are in our first home, I wanted to be able to track our children’s measurements, but have been hesitant. I don’t like the idea of marking on our wall and I know this is not our forever home. Insert light bulb thought, why not make a giant ruler that can be removed and rehung wherever we go.
This project was so simple and I had everything on hand already, but if you don’t, it will cost under $10 to make yourself. Read below for the how-to of this project!
- Pine fence picket
- Wood stain
- Paint pen
You will need to decide how tall you want your board to be. I didn’t like the dog ear design for this project so I cut it off. My entire board measures 6 inches. After it is cut you will need to sand it down to prevent splinters in little fingers.
Wipe off any dust from sanding and pick your stain. I love anything grey, so I chose classic grey by Minwax. I use old socks, rags or t-shirts to stain with and most of the time have them just laying around the house. (Not actually just lying there, but you know what I mean) I only used one coat of stain so the wood would show through a bit. Make sure it dries completely.
Decide where you want to hang your sign. I wanted ours 1 FT off the ground. Mark the wall on the top and the bottom of the board with a pencil so your measurements stay exact.
Now it’s time for the numbers. [It’s easier to mark with pencil first and then go over it with the paint pen.] From the bottom of the board, measure 12 inches up and mark with a line. This will be your first foot measurement. If you are hanging your board where it will start at the floor, this would be 1 FT. Since I hung ours 12 inches off the ground, my first number is 2 FT. Continue marking each FT.
From there, I marked all of the inches between each foot. I was happy with how the lines and numbers looked in pencil so I traced over it with a turquoise paint pen. The color really stands out nicely against the grey stain.
When your paint is dry, you can hang it up. We used a 2 inch nail, but you can hang it up with whatever works best for you and your wall.
Yayy! Now go measure the kiddos and enjoy!!