Watch the Kids Grow – Measure them with a Ruler

We have 8 people, 6 of whom are growing at a massive pace. I love how my in-laws have a door jam where they record all their kids and grandkids heights. They still live in the home my husband grew up in. I want to do that, have a record so my grandchildren can compare their heights to their parents when they were kids but it is unlikely that my grandchildren will visit this house, we’ll probably move half a dozen times (or not, but who knows). So I was thrilled when I discovered a full-size ruler on pinterest. It is a great idea of a way to record your child’s height and keep it irregardless of the house you are living in.
measuring with a wall ruler
We went to Lowes – love their creative ideas   and the fact that they will cut my wood for me!!   We purchased a giant plank of wood. Ours is 6 inches wide, but 8 inches would have worked as well.   I love how this “wall art” fits into an awkward space.

measuring with a wall ruler
To make the “ruler” we measured out the hash tags and used an Elmer’s Paint pen to darken the line.   I also printed out the numbers using a favorite font.   Then to transfer the design onto the wood I drew over the outline of the letters with my pen pressing hard into the wood.   As we got a pine board, it was soft and I was able to see the impressions left by my outlining.   I used those impressions to color in the numbers.   Hint:   Be sure to start a foot or so off the ground. To preserve the longevity of the ruler we cured the wood with danish wood oil to help harden it and make it less likely to be the recipient of scribbles (but permanent marker still sticks).   I have already had kiddos try to measure themselves and they scribbled on it with pencil.   I was able to remove the marks thanks to the oil cure.

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Have you made something you saw on pinterest lately? I would love to hear about it in the comments, or better yet, leave a link here or on our facebook wall of your latest project so we can be inspired.

4 Comments

  1. Yay! My husband and I just saw this a pottery barn kids last weekend and said, “We have to be able to find something like this online for much less expensive!” 🙂 What a blessing you are! 🙂 My husband will have now have a new “job” on his to-do list… he probably won’t thank you, but I will! 🙂

  2. I love it! I have been meaning to make one of these for months now. Your post is giving me the incentive to go get the materials today and get to work! What kind of anchors did you use? Also where did you get the Danish wood oil? Thanks in advance:)

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