This sweet life size ruler is the perfect way to measure your kids’ height as they grow. Hang it on a wall and mark those height milestones as they meet them!
You are going to love the tutorial for this Life Size Ruler! But first, let me tell me you a bit about my darling son…
Cian was born at the 98 percentile for weight and has never deviated from it! His Daddy is pretty tall and I am on the short side (OK, very short side!) so his height is definitely not from me! And despite all Cian’s food allergies as a baby, he has thrived.
Did your parents measure your height by marking it on a wall or door in your home? Mine didn’t but my husband’s parents did. The marks are still written on the kitchen wall! Isn’t that the sweetest? I wanted to do something similar for Cian but knowing that I will probably paint the wall a dozen times before he’s a teenager, I needed something that wasn’t permanently attached and that could be brought with us in case we ever moved.
And that is how my idea for this life size growth chart ruler was formed!
It was quick and easy to make and only cost $25!
What You’ll Need To Make This Life Size Ruler:
- Vinyl Ruler Decals (I used these)
- A 6ft 1 x 12 board (I got mine at my local home improvement store precut to 6ft but if they only have 8ft they will cut it to size for free)
- Paint or Stain (I used a mixture of Minwax Dark Walnut & Classic Gray – the same technique as here)
- Measuring tape
Stain or paint your board. If you stain it, you’ll need to wait 48 hours before applying tick marks and numbers. Paint only needs 24 hours to fully dry.
I also like to sand the edges of my board to give a more finished look as well as to round the top and bottom edges.
The ruler is designed to hang 8 inches off the floor, so you will want to mark the first spot for your tick mark 4 from the bottom of your board. This means the first measurement will be 1 foot. Using a pencil, light mark the board.
After your first mark, add another light mark to your board every 12 inches. The 6 marks you made will account for every foot, for a total of 6 feet.
Now, all you have to do is attach the decals. The ones I purchased were cut into strips so all you had to do was align them to the pencil marks, smooth them down and pull back the transfer paper.
All in all, applying the vinyl tick marks took 10 minutes.
Once all the tick marks are applied, the last step is to place the numbers on. You can orient them vertically or horizontally, whatever’s your preference!
In order to hang it up in Cian’s room, I attached a sawtooth hanger to the back.
Isn’t Cian’s new Life Size Ruler adorable? A healthy baby is one that will grow big and tall so we’ve got to keep measuring those milestones!