DIY Growth Chart for Kids: Easy Tutorial

DIY Growth Chart for Kids

DIY Growth Chart for Kids

Documenting memories and milestones for my children is one of the most fun things I love about being a mother. I’m naturally crafty and while time doesn’t permit me to do everything, there are things that stand out and make it onto the to-do list. Making a DIY growth chart for my kids has been on that list for what seems like For.ev.er!

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I remember as a child, I loved making marks for my height and seeing the progress year after year. I started doing the same for my kids beginning at 1 year of age. They absolutely LOVE when we make a new mark. And I LOVE when they smile and shrug their shoulders in bashfulness when I say, “Look how much you are growing!!”

We have been marking their growth on the inside of their closet door in permanent marker. Optimus is in red (his favorite color) and Bumblebee is in blue (his favorite color). It’s a great tradition I wish to hold on to. Which brings me to my reason for wanting a portable growth chart. We really want to move out of our home and I will lose all of their measurements and markings. So, I needed something that I could make and take with me wherever we end up.

Pottery barn has great stuff and I always go there for inspiration when I want something for my home. But I’m also working on paying off debt (you can see my journey here), so their $99 price tag didn’t really sit well with me. I knew it was something I could make. After all, it just looks like a piece of wood with some numbers on it, right?

In this post, I’m going to show you exactly how I made my DIY growth chart.

Materials you will need to make your DIY growth chart.

Tutorial for making your DIY growth chart

Step #1. First, sand the wood.

Sanding wood

It will be important for the stain or paint to stick. Remember to sand in the direction of the grain. If not, you’ll be flaking and scratching the wood.

Step #2. Next, apply your first coat of stain or paint. Then, allow to fully dry.

DIY Growth Chart for Kids

I used Dark Pewter in a Flat matte from Behr Ultra. I already had it on hand when we were thinking of painting our walls, so it was an easy choice. I wanted a grayish, white-wash look. 

Step #3. Next, apply your second coat of stain or paint, if desired. Then, allow to dry.

Step #4. Next, sand your painted wood.

DIY Growth Chart for Kids

This will give it a vintage look.

DIY Growth Chart for Kids

Step #5. Mark your starting point.

DIY Growth Chart for Kids

Figure out how far off the ground you will be placing your DIY growth chart. Then, with a ruler and a pencil, mark where 1ft would be. That will be your starting point. Mine was 6 inches off the ground, so that was my starting point.

Step #6. Next, using your ruler or measuring tape and a pencil, mark your lines.

My 1/2″ marks will be .5″ long. 1″ marks will be 1″ in length. 1ft marks will be 2″ long. This gives it a natural “ruler” feel. You can see how it looks in the next step.

Step #7. Now it’s time to print your numbers.

I used a Microsoft WORD document and printed out numbers 1-6 using a font called Bakersville Old in 300px. This yielded about a 2 inch sized number. You can also purchase stencils Here if you’d like.

DIY growth Chart for kids

Step #8. Next, transfer/trace the numbers onto your board at the “foot” marks.

DIY growth chart for kids

There are a few ways you can do this. One way is to do the carbon transfer technique found here. Another way to do this is to cut out the numbers and trace them onto the board. I simply cut out the numbers and lightly traced them.

Step #9. Now that you have your line marks and your numbers, it’s time to go over it with your paint pen or permanent marker.

I used black to make the numbers stand out. A paint pen or marker is great because you have more control than if you were to use a small paint brush. Let this dry and apply a second coat if needed.

Step #10. Next, apply a coat of polyacrylic protective finish.

I used a satin instead of a gloss so that it would be easier to write on.

Step #11. Next, affix your board to your wall.

Since we are moving soon (hopefully), I decided to go with command strips. These can hold up to 20 pounds of weight which is more than enough for the 3-5lb board.

Here is the way ours came out. (It is not affixed to the wall yet)

DIY Growth Chart for Kids

The boys absolutely love their DIY growth chart. I do have to keep them from marking on it since it’s so available now. They like to see progress every week.

DIY Growth Chart for Kids

I hope you enjoy the tutorial! If you decide to make one, I would love to see it! Please use #diytified on IG and show me yours!

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18 Comments

  1. It is always so exciting for kids (and adults as well) to see how they are growing. I’ve never had one of these and I think children will really enjoy the fun of using this. Really great and easy to follow instructions. Thank you.

  2. Thank you! I’ve really been wanting to start recording our kid’s height but I wanted something cute to do it on. I think I’ll have to whip up one of these. 🙂

    1. Thank you so much! I’m having to back track too, just a little! I don’t think it will be a problem. 😊

  3. My husband and I have been marking our daughters height on her closet trim. This is way cuter! Haha I’ll have to see about getting a long enough board, I’d love to try this.

  4. Very cute! I’ve thought of doing one of these and going back thru my older kids’ records to mark their heights so we’ll. Thanks for the inspiration!

  5. I love it! So cute! I would want to be able to take ours with us on case of a move too, so this is perfect. Nice to meet you through the link-up party!

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