Wednesday, February 1, 2012

Jumbo wooden ruler growth chart

I saw a ruler growth chart on Pinterest and I fell in love with it.  So when Aaron went out of town last weekend & I got bored, I figured, why not?!  I definitely had the time.  Here are some pictures... 
The finished product.  :)
Except that I'm not sure where to hang it.
I got my dad to go with me to Lowes
to help pick out (and carry) the wood.
I ended up getting a 1x8x6 piece of oak wood. 
Then mom helped me sand it...
...and I stained it.
The stain I used was called Early American. 
Then I used a 90 degree tool to make the inch marks.
I used a black paint pen to make all the marks.
I made the "quarter" lines 2 inches long
and the "eighth" lines 1 inch long.
For the numbers, I used the font "Century" (size 180).
I traced the numbers with a ball point pen & it left an
indention that I was able to re-draw with my paint pen.  
Then I put a clear coat on top to protect it. 
Here is the clear coat I used.
And then I nailed a sawtooth picture hanger to the back to hang it.
Voila!  My gargantuan ruler.  :)
My ruler goes from 6" to 6'6" so I can hang it 6" above the floor.
When I told Aaron on the phone that I was making a growth chart, he was picturing a little growth chart to measure a little baby... so he was a little surprised to come home to a ruler taller than he is. Now I just can't wait to have a little kiddo to start measuring.  :)  

Oh...and not related at all, here is a picture of my first purchase for the nursery... number knobs for the dresser / changing table!  I am a sucker for anything related to letters or numbers, so I fell in love with these right away!  Aaron doesn't see the beauty in them as much as I do, but he's sweet & let me order them.  Plus, we have 9 knobs on the dresser... and they came in a pack of 9. Coincidence? Pssshhh, not a chance.  :)
Vance & Renate gave us this dresser / changing table & we love it!
And see ... 9 knobs.  :)
Now just picture these not painted red and ... aren't they fun?! 

1 project down. 500+ more to go before July.  :)

9 comments:

  1. I love the ruler growth chart! Such an easy and cute idea, especially if you move then you can just take that versus a whole piece of door frame :)

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  2. Love this! I'm thinking about making one for my soon-to-be-born baby niece since my kids already have a cute one. Thanks for the details and pictures!

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  3. That looks great! Where did you get your black paint pen?

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  4. Thanks! It was one I already had but you can get them at any craft store like Michaels or Hobby Lobby.

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  5. Looks awesome. Thanks for great directiond. Going to try this weekend

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  6. Good job with instructions. Thank you

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  7. What is the brand of paint pen you use please

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  8. I used this one that worked well for me: Uchida 315-C-1 Marvy Deco Color Chisel Tip Acrylic Paint Marker, I ordered it from Amazon. Not sure what the original poster used.

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