This instructable is WAY longer than needed, but that's part of the fun of making these things.
The thing about kids is they grow. And they also enjoy tracking how much they grow. The problem with being adults, is that we sometimes have to move. While a door jam or behind a door is often a good place to mark your kids heights, it's not usually practical to cut out a big piece of drywall or start peeling off trim to take with you to your next home. Here is a quick and easy, no major tools required, growth chart that you can take with you where ever you end up. And it looks styling to boot.
This is my go to gift for baby showers and first birthdays. It costs less than $12 to make, is super unique, and is something they will have forever.
Here is the finished one I made for my daughters first birthday. My plan is to mark it every birthday by placing a current picture of her at the the growth mark.
The materials needed for this instructable:
- 6"-10" x 6' board. (the type of wood doesn't matter, neither does the width really but try and get one as flat and straight as possible so it sits flush on your wall)
- some wood stain (I just used what I had laying around, it's a slightly tinted translucent polyurethane, white wash would look nice too)
- some sandpaper or a sanding block
- dollar store shelf liner (for making a name stencil)
- 1.5" number stencils (or live dangerously and freehand it)
- exacto knife
- large ruler/tape measure
- carpenters square (if you don't have one just use a book or some piece of square material)
- black sharpie
- some paint and brushes (I used my airbrush because it makes feel better about owning a $100 airbrush that I've only used 4x, Dollar store paint and brushes work fine)
Home Depot, Lowes, they all have boards. I just get the cheapest one that has nice grain. I did an Oak one for my daughter, but really it doesn't look any better than cheap clearance boards. I cap mine at 6' because I barely clear 5'. You're going to mount this 6" up the wall. So unless you foresee your kid surpassing 6'6", this should do. If your kid grows past 6'6" then you've got "bigger" problems ;)
Once you have your handy dandy hunk of wood, you should probably sand off your edges. Kids are durable, but best not to end their birthday with splinters and tears.