Before I created the Kid's Growth Ruler, we would measure and mark the kids heights inside the closet door. This is a much better option to see how fast they grow without having the pencil marks all over the doors. This is a very simple project to do for a beginner. You just need 1x6 board, stain, sharpie and adhesive numbers.
• 1x8x8' (x1)
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Step 1: Cut 1x6 Board
Take 1x6 board and cut it to 84” long. You could make this any length you want. I cut it at 84” because I wanted the board to be same elevation as the door. Than using a random orbital sander, sand the board on all sides.
Step 2: Pre-Stain and Stain
Step 3: Measure and Mark
Next, pull a measuring tape and mark every inch on the board with a pencil. Then draw thick lines using oil based black sharpie over the pencil marks. To draw the lines straight I used a Construction Square as a guide. To make this look like an ruler, I made the lines three different lengths. Starting from 0 up, numbers 0, 12 have 2” long lines. Numbers 3, 6, and 9 have 1 ½” long lines. Numbers 1, 2, 4, 5, 7, 8, 10, 11 have 1” long lines.
Step 4: Apply Matte Polyurethane
Step 5: Tape on Adhesive Numbers
Step 6: Attach Ruler to the Wall
Next determine what wall the ruler will be attached to. In my case I attached the board on the wall above the baseboard. The baseboard is 2 ½” tall, so I had to cut off 2 ½” of the board so that when someone stands on the floor, the ruler will be elevated correctly to give the right reading. Attach the board to the wall using 2 ½” wood screws. That's all; you're done with this Kids Growth Ruler.
I've made another Kids Growth Ruler for my sister but with a different board size and color.