For Mother’s Day this year Meg and I decided to give our moms (and ourselves) a fun crafty present. We got the idea from another blog, here. It is a giant sized ruler that you use to measure and document your child’s height. We picked up a couple 1X8s.. cut them to 6ft.. did a little fun distressing.. then stained the boards and let them sit overnight. The next day we measured out the hash marks and then marked them with a paint pen. After we finished the hash marks, I printed some numbers off the computer and then traced them onto the board with pencil. Following the faint pencil outline I was able to color in the numbers with the paint pen. When all this was dry, the boards received about 3 coats of spray-on clear coat and a picture hanger on the back.
Our boards are 6ft long, but they hang 6 inches off the floor so they measure up to 6′-6″. We left the back of the boards unfinished which left us a great place to leave a personalized “Happy Mother’s Day 2012″ message. With a little bit of work and a small budget you could have a way to chart your children’s height that’s also portable if you ever decide to move.
We decided to hang ours in the beginning of our hallway. It is a great way to start our wall of pictures. (Which isn’t quite finished yet.)Maybe we can get some pictures of it in use pretty soon!