Wednesday, May 9, 2012

DiY Growth Chart

Updated*

I've received emails and facebook comments on if I make and sell the rulers...

1. Do I take orders?
I will make you a growth chart for $50. Because it is hand-stained and hand-stenciled, it will have slightly different knots and staining, but it will very much resemble my ruler. Shipping charges will vary depending on where you live, but I can check on pricing for you. 

Email me at benandtiffany@gmail.com. Include your zipcode and I'll be happy to check on shipping for you. UPS direct offers the most competitive prices for boards (typically $35-$40) and usually delivers within 3-4 days. 
Thanks!

I'm so excited about my Pottery Barn knock-off ruler growth chart!!
It's a great way to keep up with your child's height and looks good enough to display in the main part of your house (versus hiding it in your kid's bedroom).
I put mine in the hallway off of my kitchen.  
I first stained my 1x8x6 piece of wood and made stencils for the lines and numbers. I made the "quarter" lines 2 inches long and the "eighth" lines 1 inch long. I drew in all of the lines and numbers first with a pencil and then came back with a permanent marker.
(Not a difficult process, but a little tedious.)
I wanted to hang my ruler (as opposed to leaning it), and since I have tall baseboards, I started my marks at 6 inches. So my ruler actually measures up to 6 1/2 feet tall.


My kids were confused/excited/proud of their new ruler the minute I hung it up.
If Davis could talk he would say (like my husband did), "Why is there a ruler hanging on the wall?)

Sweet Sydney gets excited over just about anything. 
And Addi can now prove that she's the big sister.

Man I love these kids!! When I have a chance, I plan to go back to their growth charts to mark down their heights up until now. And the best part about the ruler is that it's portable..from this wall to another wall or from this house to another house. Thanks to 517 Creations for sharing your idea!


38 comments:

  1. Wonderful project. Pinned for furture reference! Love your baseboards by the way.

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  2. Hello! I would like to inquire about ordering the baseball scoreboard but I can't locate contact info on the blog. My page is blank when I click "contact" - can you provide me with a current email address? THANKS!

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    1. Hi Nicole,
      You can email me at lindzut@yahoo.com. Sorry the page was blank... we had our blog redone and haven't gotten around to filling in all the blank spaces.
      Lindsay

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  3. Hi!
    I love this and I love the color paint that is on your walls. Can you tell me what that color is and who it is made by?
    Thank you!
    Theresa

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  4. Hi Theresa
    The wall color is Golden Ecru by Pittsburgh Paint.
    Thanks :)
    Tiffany

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  5. Hi Tiffany,

    I know you posted the blog about the ruler last month, but are you still offering to make them? I would love to purchase one if they are still available. Thank you so much in advnace for your reply!

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    1. Hi Stacie,
      I'd love to make you a ruler. Email me your zipcode at benandtiffany@gmail.com, and I can check on shipping for you.

      Thanks!
      Tiffany

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  6. Your growth chart turned out beautifully! Thanks for the link back! :)

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  7. how did you attach it to the wall? i'm making one this weekend and don't want to lean mine either. thanks!

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    1. I had the same problem: mounting. Ended up using 1 1/2" screws with those plastic braces: not ideal because I rent but whatever I NEEEDED to hang this. I had wanted gold angle brackets but got impatient looking for them.

      These might work for you: http://www.amazon.com/SUPER-STRUT-AB204-Angle-Bracket-Holes/dp/B007DZRMWY/ref=sr_1_18?s=hardware&ie=UTF8&qid=1339694711&sr=1-18&keywords=gold+brackets

      Would still have to use screws, though.

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    2. Hi Leslie,
      I use two 1" nailless sawtooth hangers. Good luck!

      Tiffany

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  8. I totally did this; thanks for the inspiration! I added my kid's name and birthday and it looks very cute. Cute enough for the living room, even, which is high praise indeed.

    http://www.chrmdlf.com/2012/06/wooden-growth-chart.html

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  9. I did this years ago, my kids are now 23 and 27. All their friends heights are on there too. They always look to see how little they were.
    It's the best!

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  10. I love this ruler! I too, have admired it at Pottery Barn. What color stain did you use? We are definitely going to make this! :)

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  11. I am curious as to how you will record your kids' ages on the ruler - what color, how you'll put it on the ruler - vinyl, marker? etc. Thanks!!!

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  12. Love this! What size font on the numbers?

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  13. Are the numbers and 1" and 2" markers rub-ons? How do you attach them to the ruler?

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  14. I use a black pen (a cheap one, not ball point), to record the date and height of my kids. You could use a permanent marker or a paint pen, but i didn't want to "crowd" up the board with all of the markings. So from further back, all you see is the ruler :)

    The numbers are Century font. 72pt

    The numbers and dashes are stencils. So you would use them to trace with a marker onto your board. Sorry for the confusion. You're not the first to ask. I've changed my wording to better explain in the top post.

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  15. Love this! Working on mine today. Can u let me know how thick the dashes are?

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  16. Hi Tiffany, I love your board! It turned out great, and really looks like a big oversized ruler. I think the varying dash lengths and the number size/font/placement makes it looks so authentic. Great job!! I'm interested in maybe ordering the stencil, but I'm curious... what kind of paper is it, and will I have to cut out the dashes and numbers before I can use it, or is it pre-cut? Thanks!!

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    1. Hi again! Sorry, it was late when I commented last night... I just came back to re-read your post, and I see that you did say the stencils would be cut out. :)

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  17. Hi, I have the MinWax Polyshades stain. It's one-step stain (i.e. stain with polyurethane in one). Would I still be able to mark the numbers and dashes on it AFTER applying the stain??? What did you use?

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  18. Hi! I am interested in ordering the actual full size ruler. How would I go about ordering? I would pay for the supplies and whatever you needed. I haven't seen one like yours online, and I think its beautiful. Please email me with the purchasing process.

    Kind Regards,
    Katie
    katien401@gmail.com

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  19. Hi, I'm in love with this and how simple it is. I would like to purchase the stencil from you. I emailed you but havent received a response yet. If you would contact me at kell2@rocketmail.com I'd appreciate it! This is going to be my "after the holidays" project!

    Thanks, Kelly

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  20. Hi Tiffany, sent an email w/regards to your great looking stencil. It would be greatly appreciated if you could send one off! Please contact me w/your payment info.

    scofield.robert@gmail.com

    Happy Holidays!

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  21. Hi Tiffany, I have sent you a couple emails hoping to order your stencils. Please contact me and let me know if they are still available. Thanks,

    Shelly Wade
    shellypwade@gmail.com

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  22. Hi, I would love a stencil set. I have the barn wood. I can send you more info through this email. Its schartners@verizon.net.
    Thanks.
    The ruler is so cute!

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  24. Hi Tiffany!

    Love the chart! I'd love to purchase a stencil from you... also sent you an email as i'm not sure which you are more likely to see first:) Please contact me at otherDOTmailATshawDOTca

    Looking forward to hearing from you!

    Janna

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  25. I'd like to purchase a stencil from you as well my email is ashleyjohnson198@gmail.com

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  26. Yours is my favorite of all the DIY ruler growth charts online. What color stain did you use? And what kind of wood?

    Great job! & Thank you!

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  27. Thanks so much for the awesome idea!! I made my own, and got decals made for the numbers, cost me $15 and they do not seem at all like they will peel off.

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  28. Thanks so much for this idea! I am excited to say I finally finished and hung mine. I blogged about it here http://www.mylittlesomethingsweet.com/2014/03/07/our-growth-chart/
    I linked back to this page. Thanks again!

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  29. I have posted this great idea on to the WeirdWood Facebook page and linked back :-)
    https://www.facebook.com/WeirdWood

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  30. Hi Tiffany! I absolutely love the color stain you used but have had a hard time finding a color like it. Can you share what stain this was?

    Thank you!
    Millie

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  31. Do you mind telling me what font you used?
    Thanks
    Lisa

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  32. Also, the stain colour? Thinking of making this for my nephews :)

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  33. Excellent project! More diy ideas can be found here: https://www.dearlives.com/

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