Happy Monday! It’s Amanda from Dwelling in Happiness here to share how to make a cute ruler growth chart! Before my daughter was born I made one for her, and I absolutely love how it looks hanging in her room. A dear friend of mine is expecting their first baby in June, and she has requested for me to make her one, too! Since they are so easy and just too darn cute, I thought I’d share the tutorial with you!
Wood stain (I used Minwax in English Chestnut)
Printed Numbers 1-6 (You can print them out below!)
Paint pen (or a Sharpie!)
First, brush your desired wood stain onto your board. I wanted the board to be dark, so I chose English Chestnut from Minwax. Depending on how dark you want your ruler, you can wipe off the stain with a towel after 5 minutes, or longer if you want it darker.
To make it look like a ruler: using a pencil and starting at the very bottom, measure up and mark a line every inch (some rulers are exactly an inch wide, so you can just move the ruler up and measure that way. However, make sure you measure the width of the actual ruler to make sure. I made the mistake of not and had to redo my whole growth chart!).
I made every 3rd line to be 2 inches long (which represents the 1/4 inch mark on a ruler), and the rest are 1 inch long (to represent the 1/8 inch mark on a ruler). It sounds confusing, but these pictures show what it should look like better than I can explain! 🙂
I’m sharing the ruler numbers for you to print out as well, and you can print them out HERE.
To transfer the numbers to the growth chart: cut them apart and rub a pencil all over the back, making sure the number is completely covered.
Continue with all the numbers. Once the paint or Sharpie is dry, cover with a clear a polycrylic sealer. I ended up using a spray polycrylic instead of the one I show in the materials photo, as I was afraid running a pant brush with it over the Sharpie would smear it!
I added a sawtooth hanger on the back for hanging, but you could even add pretty ribbon and hang it.
Thank you for having me today, and I hope you enjoyed this little tutorial!
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