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Updated: 2020-03-09 Views: 145

Make your own Wood Ruler Growth Chart. It’;s an easy One-Board DIY project! Pick up the board this weekend, use leftover stain, and a woodburning tool. Its the perfect functional decor for any room.

As the kids are quickly growing up (too quick, too fast, in my opinion!) Jordan noticed that we didn’;t have a growth chart for them. And he was right. We were documenting their growth on social media, chronicling silly facessofa pillow covers, and the occasional silly comments. But we never had a physical measure of their growth. What to do? Build our own growth chart!

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Growing up you may be familiar with a mark on the wall depicting your own growth. However, we had to be realistic. We relocate a lot. Instead of picking up and creating new measurements after each move, we wanted something that would move with us. Oh, and it needed to be?pretty. I like dual functionality our home. ??

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The goal of this project was to emulate an old fashioned ruler. While you could paint on the measurement lines with acrylic paint, we opted to use a wood burning tool. It made this piece even more memorable and it looks so realistic!

Think about the size of the area you have available to hang the board. You want to place it on the edge of a door frame and have a very narrow chart, or you may want to make a wide ruler looking piece (like we did). Once you have width determined, find a very straight board. It took us buying three boards and taking them home (they all looked straight or flat in store), to find the best one for us.

We are not tall people. Therefore, we do not expect our kids to suddenly grow 8 inches beyond Jordan’;s height. With that in mind, we cut the board to 6 feet in length. We chose 6 feet because, the growth chart will begin at 6 inches (above the?floor?base moulding) and actually end at the height of 6 foot 6 inches. Keep the floor allowance in mind when you’;re choosing your cut length!

Jordan used his handy square and quickly made the tick marks. He used the width of the square to make the tick mark bars. He centered the bars around the actual measurement. Since our board is so wide, the bars are proportioned well. Trace your foot markers with pencil.

Next, you will want to use the wood burning tool to burn in your measurement bars. Once the tool is heated up, lightly run the tool across the wood in short straight strokes. Continue this with every tick mark. Once you have this completed, wood burn the numbers. You may need one extra tip for this step. The wood burning tool’;s tip became less pointed and then we needed another one. Thankfully, there are replacement packs for that very reason!

Optional: If you are using acrylic paint, follow the steps above only painting the bars and the numbers with a fine tipped paint brush.

Lightly sand the growth chart with an orbital sander to give it a worn in feel.

Test your stains on the back of your growth chart. This pine board took more than 8 cans of stain to find the rustic ‘;old ruler’; brown look we wanted. And it was blotchy, so we had to apply a pre-stain conditioner so that it would have a more uniform appearance. The final stain choice? A color that was never expected (Golden Mahogany)!

Install hanging hardware. Measure how far down your hardware is from the top of the growth chart. If your growth chart should begin 6 inches from the floor, measure your hanging nails for

Board Floor Allowance –; Length of Hardware to Top = where you need to screw it in.

As an extra precaution, we placed one command strip down near the bottom on one side. The first thing our little guy did was try to make a pendulum out of the wood! The command strip keeps it firmly secured in place at the bottom.

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Question:

Have you ever dreamed of having fresh flowers at your fingertips? Flowers that can be cut from your backyard on a whim versus purchased at the florist or grocery store. I always have and while I’ve had some blooms, it’s really been hit and miss depending on the season. This year I am creating a cutting garden that Spring, Summer and Fall I can enjoy daily blooms. I’ve enlisted the help of local florist, Amy Cason, to see what she is planting in her garden. Because we live in the Midwest and our weather is ever changing, she recommended some easy to grow flowers including zinnias and cosmos. Zinnias are great in full sun. They are one of the easiest annuals to grow, they grow quickly, and best of all, they bloom heavily {Summer to Fall}, meaning plenty to cut from! They only require moderate soil moisture, which makes them a great choice for me! I’m horrible at watering on a daily basis! Cosmos also bloom Summer to Fall and are tolerant to heat and dry conditions. Peonies, hydrangea and hostas are all great staples to include in your cutting garden that are best suited for shady areas. I love using the tiny blooms from hostas as accents in arrangements.

Michaels asked me if I wanted to be a part of the Trick Your Pumpkin event a few years ago and I knew I wanted to create a no-carve pumpkin design that would be great for Fall or Halloween decorating!