The Wall Ruler





Introduction: The Wall Ruler

Create a visual keepsake of your growing children. This is easily removable if you relocate and can fit in with any decor.

Step 1: Get a Good Ole' Piece of Rustic Wood

Of course you could use new pine at the local big box store, but I love the rustic look. I found this door at the landfill and brought it home. I took it apart and used one of the planks for the wall ruler.

Step 2: Decide How High You Want to Place the Ruler on the Wall

You want your measurements to start exactly on the floor, since your child will be standing on it. :) Chances are, you won't be able to get the ruler all the way to the floor, as baseboard and heaters can get in the way. So, measure up the wall to where you want to start your ruler, and that is where you will begin writing the measurements on the wood. For example, I placed my ruler 4" off the floor. So my ruler markings started at 4".

Step 3: Add the Ruler Markings With a Permanent Marker

For this step, you need a ruler, carpenter's square, black paint and a permanent marker. I decided that my "feet" markings were going to be 2.5" long, my 6" markings, 2" long, 3" markings 1.5" long, and all other markings 1" long. Decide for yourself how you want your "ruler" to look. Next, I took a ruler and made pencil markings every 1" up the side. When finished, I used a carpenter square and marker to draw in my lines at their appropriate length. To add the numbers, I just printed them on paper, rubbed charcoal pencil on the back, and traced over them to create and outline. Fill them in with your marker.

Step 4: A Keepsake for Life

My little guy is happy to have a visual of his growing height. And I love the rustic look. It's a win for everyone. :)

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simple....that's why this idea is lovely

made mine for my daughters 2nd birthday. I routed one side and painted it bronze to replicate the metal edge.


Great project and great idea. I don't know how many of us had marks on the edge of a door or (in my case) a post in the basement.

We no longer own the house and the new(er) owners were not keen on removing a post--so we lost 30 years of history, two generations worth.

This looks great! I love the idea

Very cool, perfect for my son at his age. I'm going to start scavenging for some wood now. Your lil guy looks so stoked on it!

Great idea! I thought of doing something like that years ago and now wish I had so it could be removed and taken with you when it's time to sell. Both going through my mother's house currently, to get it sold to settle her estate, and having to repaint my own laundry room soon, underscore the need for doing this as we look at the dozens of growth data points from decades of children and grandchildren. Only thing that might made it even better would be some type of graphic/photo posting along with the measurements. Nice work!

Way better than marks on the wall.

I love this idea! Excellent instructable, I'll be crafting one of these very soon using an old 6' fence post. Thanks for the inspiration!

Beautiful RULER and beautiful smile on your boy's face. It looks like he approves and that's all that matters! I cannot wait to make this. I envied a lovely but overpriced one at a friend's house not too long ago. Thank you!!

I LOVE IT! And I love the smile on that young man's face! Precious!