I've got a couple things for show and tell today. First I'll show you how I made this-
Then you'll be able to see the rest of my upstairs hallway.
Speaking of show and tell, my son has his first loose tooth. A kid in my Kindergarten class once showed the class his loose tooth and I was SO jealous.
Moving on- One of my friends houses growing up has a doorway marking the members of the family, and lots of friends, growth through the years. I loved the concept and made a mental note to do that in my own house one day. But because we move around a lot, (Every 2 or 3 years) a doorway to measure just wasn't an option, since we can't take doorways with us. A few years ago, before I ever got around to it, my mom made us a jungle animal growth chart. The kids LOVED it! My youngest daughter loved it a little too much. She was always pulling the animals and the numbers on their tummies off (the ones she could reach) to play with them. So I would glue them back on. Over and over and over. And eventually the zebra broke, and we lost the numbers 1 and 2. Instead of trying to find the same zebra, and the same numbers to match the rest, I just opted to make a new one.
The big long board was in our garage when we bought the house- it measures 74.5 inches by 7 inches. And I always have a bunch of vinyl for occasions just like these. All I had to do was buy the stain.
I went with Golden Pecan stain by Minwax. I thought it was the closest to the classic ruler color. I'm Old School. (get it, school?)
Next, it was time to apply the vinyl. I cut numbers 1-6, which measure about 3.5 inches by 2 inches, using my Silhouette. (if we ever have a kid taller than 6 and a half feet, we're outta luck!) Then applied the vinyl at each foot measurement. Almost done!
Now I just had to transfer all the measurements from the previous growth chart to this one. (can you spot where the zebra is broken?)
Super easy, just lined up the animals middle (where all the numbers once were) with the long line at each foot line, and made a mark on the new board, at the same measurement it was on the old board.
I hung it using Command Strips. I put one at the top, and also one at the bottom to keep the kids from being able to swing it as they walk past, whacking the sibling behind them. Yes, I'm speaking from experience.
And here it is with the rest of the hallway gallery wall.
To see how I made the Clothespin Photo Display click on the text.
The GROW sign is on old board that I sprayed with chalkboard paint, and "grow" was the first word I thought of, so I went with it. But when I undoubtedly get sick of that word in a few weeks, I can change it out.
The "L" is from Hobby lobby that I painted with the same Lagoon spray paint as my MDF Photo Displays. An unused frame got a coat of the same stuff, and I hung it framing the "L" to make it more interesting. The thrifted square mirror also got a quick coat.
The long frame holds a baby snapshot of each of my 4 kids, and the middle spot holds a picture of all 4 together. OK, you caught me. It currently holds a pic of the 3 oldest when #3 was born. But very soon it will hold a pic of all 4 together. Dang- Forgot to update that before this post!
The sign with the 6 "Be's" was given to us by my sister-in-law. I was in attendance at the Conference Center when President Hinckley gave this talk to the youth, so it makes this piece uber-special. If you're interested, click here to read the whole talk. I just re-read it and it is incredible!
The above picture is a glimpse into what happens at least once a week around here. Do you remember being obsessed with your height as a child? I sure do. And back then, I used to enjoy seeing the needle on the scale go up too. Boy, are those days LONG GONE!
So, there you have a cute, easy, cheap, portable way to keep track of the growth of your children.
Want to make your own Ruler Growth Chart, but are lacking the vinyl to do so? Click HERE check out my shop, I'll help you out!
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