Now back to the growth chart... This really is one of the easiest DIY (I hate that acronym) projects out there all you need is a little time and a few materials.
Here's What You Will Need:
1- 1x8x6 pine board (You can use a 1x6 if you want a thinner "ruler" but I wouldn't go any thinner than that. Most of the 1x8 boards come in 8 or 10 ft lengths but most hardware/ lumber stores will cut the board for you to the desired 6ft length at no charge. Also these boards are thin so make sure you have them pick out a good one that is nice and straight, no warping, cracks or excessive knottiness (if it wasn't a word, it is now).)
Sandpaper (medium to fine grit)
Paint or stain (Although you can certainly leave the wood bare if you like.)
Vinyl numbers and ruler marks... or a higher than average measuring and painting ability. (I purchased my vinyl decal here)
A tape measure
The next step is applying the decal or painting the ruler marks on. I really recommend the decal, it was fairly inexpensive and I had the whole thing done in less than 20 minutes. Make sure you read the instructions well before you start. One thing to keep in mind is that the "ruler" will be hanging on a wall up off the ground so you do not want to start your ruler marks at zero... In other words your one foot mark will not be one foot from the bottom of the ruler but one foot from the floor. Measure according to the directions and place your ruler marks and numbers accordingly. At this point you can leave your ruler as is (like we did) or put a clear polyurethane coating on it to make it shiny.
We had a lot of fun making this project and we can't wait to mark little Tucker's height on it every year! Feel free to share your growth charts, I'd love to see them! Good Luck!