DIY | Ruler Growth Chart

One of the first things I ever pinned on Pinterest was this ruler growth chart. It was love at first sight. I knew I wanted one, but I wasn’t willing to pay over $100 for something that looked so easy to make.

Years passed, I had Lillian (an acceptable person to measure on a regular basis), and one day I realized that she was over two feet tall and almost standing. So naturally, I loaded her in the car and headed straight to Home Depot to get everything I needed to make a growth chart for her.

I spent the afternoon gathering supplies and making the growth chart. I am not a DIYer, but this was such a quick and easy project.

Here’s how I made ours.


  • I used a 1″ x 8″x 6′ board. The stencils were 5″ stencils. The stain color I chose was Ipswich Pine. I think the rest of the ‘What You Need’ is self explanatory. Most items can be found around the house.
  • I grabbed a pencil and ruler, and started making little marks an inch apart all the way up the board.
  • Then, using the marks I made and the straight edge of the ruler,  I drew 1″ lines for each inch marker, 2″ lines for each 1/2 foot marker, and 3″ lines for each foot marker . (note: I started my first line at a 1/2 foot. I knew I wanted to hang the ruler a little off of the ground, so the markings start at a 1/2 foot and end at 6 1/2 feet)
  • Next, I stenciled numbers onto the board to mark each foot. I did mine vertically but I have also seen them done horizontally.
  • I used a large Sharpie to go over each line and fill in each number. You could also use paint. I already had a Sharpie in the house, so that’s what I used. It worked great.
  • I waited a few minutes so the marker could dry, then stained the board. I applied a few coats of stain. (note: I plan on going over the whole thing with a clear protective finish)

That’s all there is to it! So easy, right? Ours is hanging in a little hallway (reason for the sideways picture, and I was even standing in a closet) next to one of my favorite quotes.


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I just love the finished product! I can’t wait to track Lillian’s growth on it. It’s a family memento that we will keep and cherish forever. And now I won’t have to rip out a doorjamb in every house we pass through.

Happy DIYing,