Sunday, August 07, 2011

I Finally Made a Growth Chart!

I know it's a little big, but I just couldn't help myself with this project.  I've wanted a growth chart for so long and all the little ones out there seemed tacky by comparison.

I found the inspiration here

The Cellar Door Stories' Growth Chart
Beautiful, right?  You would indulge in ginormousized crafting too, yes?  I really love The Cellar Door Stories... it is a wonderful blog with some great ideas!
Here's what you'll need:
big piece of wood (mine is 6' x 11" x 3/4")
black paint
white paint
numbers printed out from your computer (mine were 4" tall)
pencil
sandpaper
paintbrushes
hanging kit

 I started out with my really big board

and painted most of it black, especially around the edges
then I put on a layer of gray

and then 2 coats of white.  I later distressed it by sanding it and then dry brushed a little gray on top of the white

I printed my numbers out and traced them onto the board with a pencil.  I then painted the numbers black. 
I wanted them to be a little wobbly and old looking

Then I drew the lines on with a Sharpie

They needed to be a little thicker so I went back and darkened the lines

I drilled these into the back

and attached some wire and hung it.

And it's done!

What do you think?  Too big?  The kids are so excited about it.  I'm hoping it's a piece we will take with us and have as a part of our decor for years to come.  Thanks for stopping by!

Blessings,
Jamie

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43 comments:

  1. I love this! Thinking we need this for my family that moves a lot due to the military... a chart we can take with us. Thanks for sharing.

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  2. i love it! that is exactly the style i wanted to make, but by the time i get to it my kids will be fully grown, and there will only be two marks on it. ever. :)

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  3. PERFECT!!! I know what I'm going to be doing this week now :D Thanks for sharing!

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  4. I think it's AWESOME! I actually was thinking about making one here soon. Thanks for the how-to :) Although i could just come over and take yours, so much easier ;)

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  5. this is one of my favorite growth charts goes great with your decor and looks like a giant ruler

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  6. I have been wanting to make a big growth chart, too, especially one I can take since we move a lot. Thanks for sharing this!! Love it!

    I'm new to blogging- check me out at yehlofit.blogspot.com

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  7. This post made me smile. Thanks for inspiring me and many others. Really appreciate that you linked up at the Creative Bloggers' Party & Hop.

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  8. Love this idea!!

    We host a linky party "Help a Momma Out Tuesdays" Would love it if you linked up! Thanks for sharing!!

    Kristine
    www.jandmseyecandy.blogspot.com

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  9. Cute! What an awesome idea.

    I'd love for you to stop by and add your fantastic project to our first blog party this Thursday! It's a party specifically for kids' and teens' craft projects and other ideas, so your idea would be perfect! Hope to see you then!

    bearrabbitbear.blogspot.com

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  10. Stopping by from the blog hop at The Mommy Club...

    I love this and need one so badly! How do you plan to mark the heights? After spending so much time making a beautiful chart, I would not want to mess it up with a sloppy scrawl. Know what I mean? I just can't figure out the best way to do it.

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  11. Jamie-

    Love it! I'll be featuring you next week. I need to do one for the kids as well. Mine's painted on the wall...which wasn't such a smart move in retrospect...

    Thanks for linking to Creative Juice!

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  12. This is amazing! I want one! Haha. I only have a 6 month old to measure but I'm sure he'll grow. You did a great job :)

    Bekah
    beckaboots.blogspot.com

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  13. Oh you let me remember of my son's growth chart. Mine is up...

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  14. I think it's just perfect and it looks great where you hung it! I would love for you to join us today at "It's a Party"!
    www.acreativeprincess.blogspot.com

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  15. Gorgeous. I'm so making one of these!

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  16. I love this! I am trying to find an easy growth chart to make. Your newest follower, visiting from A Creative Princess blog hop. Hope you have a chance to stop by.

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  17. Love this! I also made a ruler growth chart, but left it natural and sealed it. I really like your distressed paint version too!

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  18. Love this so much! great statement piece :) great work!
    Lina
    Fancy Frugal Life

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  19. Absolutely fantastic! I totally need to make some of these for my own kiddos and you have inspired me for sure! :-) Thanks so much for sharing it at Inspiration Friday~
    Vanessa

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  20. Definitely not too big! I think it is awesome the way it is. Love it, Thank so much for sharing!

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  21. Awesome idea! Unfortunately, we started our growth chart on a steel door leading to the garage..It would be a little bulking and crazy to move if we ever moved, but I would take it in a heart beat...nothing beats memories.

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  22. This is a great idea, and it's a functional work of art too! Love it.

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  23. i LOVE it!!
    great tutorial also.
    thanks!
    cheryl xox.

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  24. I really need to do this before my kids grow up too fast! Super cute!
    Ky
    http://burstofcreations.blogspot.com/

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  25. I don't think its too big, it perfect!! Really cute! Great job!

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  26. I want one of those! My girls are 8 and 10 it might not be too late! I have all there measurements written down. We use to use a wall but then it got painted. Great job! Thanks for having the Name/URL so I can comment!

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  27. I love it and think it is the perfect size! I bet the kids love it:)

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  28. This is super cute. Im pinning it on Pinterest so I can make it for my kids bedroom.

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  29. Love it! It's such an important thing for kids to be able to SEE their growth! I am sure you will treasure it for years to come! Thanks so much for sharing with the Pink Hippo party!

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  30. No too big! It's perfect! I love the numbers, the whole things is great. And I love that you can take it with you! Cool. :)

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  31. This is absolutely Fabulous and perfect size! Thank you for sharing! Wanted to let you know that I am sharing this tutorial with my lovelies today! Feel free to check it out!

    Thank you again~ Have a {Marvelous} Monday!

    Stephanie

    Shop: www.polkadotbungalow.etsy.com
    Blog: www.polkadotbungalow.blogspot.com
    Facebook: Polka Dot Bungalow

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  32. It looks great! I wish we did this instead of writing on the wall! Thank you for sharing this at my party!

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  33. I love the idea of a growth chart. And making your own makes it more fun and more personal. Love it.

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  34. I still need to make one of these, give me a little push!

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  35. just pinned it...so that means I will make it!

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  36. Gorgeous! I love this idea! Such a fun piece to have in your home!

    I would love to have you link this up to my first link party--

    http://southernlovely.blogspot.com/2011/08/show-share-1.html

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  37. I absolutely love this it is my favorite growth chart! I've featured this post on my blog today @ http://candacecreations.blogspot.com

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  38. I think it is super cute- not too big at all! Thanks for sharing at Feathered Nest Friday! :)

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  39. thanks for the shout-out! your growth chart turned out great!!

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  40. Jamie! How fun to see your mention over on the Bower Power blog! Did you know?

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