Craft: How to make a growth chart

by Katrina - The Organised Housewife

Each of my children had their own growth chart.  However I found the twins were always wanting to compare themselves.  So I have made our own family growth chart where I can put everybody’s measurements together.  The growth chart is hanging in the kids toy room and they just love seeing if they have grown and competing who is the tallest.

After watching the latest Karate Kid movie and seeing how the young boy was leaving behind his growth chart the he penciled on the wall, I made sure that I could take this with us when we move house.  I will treasure this always and I look forward to many years ahead and adding grandkids to the chart (lol….many many many years). 


Supplies needed:

  • Length of wood – I purchased this piece already painted white from Bunnings, think it is architrave moulding.
  • Old tabelcloth
  • Ruler
  • Pencil
  • Nikko pen
  • Rubon’s – I used 4 Packets of Kaiser Craft alphabet rub ons and 1 x Kaiser Craft Heritage (family) rub ons –Rub ons are transfers that are applied by rubbing with a paddle pop stick. Once applied they are permanent. They are commonly used on scrapbook page layouts.
  • 3M Picture Hanging Strips 2 packets


How to make it:

  1. Lay down old tablecloth
  2. Cut wood piece to required size
  3. Wipe wood piece down with damp cloth
  4. Paint desired colour
  5. Using ruler and pencil start marking measurements (if you want your growth chart to start from the floor take into acount it will sit above the architrave)
  6. Use Nikko pen to mark each cm (I drew a 1 cm line at each cm and a 2cm line for each 10cm).   I started from 50 cm as I put the kids measurements when they were born.  Be sure not to rub the nikko
  7. Rub on (or handwrite) numbers for each 10cm. 
  8. Rub on ‘Our Family’ at the top
  9. Allow to sit for 1 hour for nikko to completely dry
  10. Adhere picture hanging strips to back of the wood piece, allow to sit for 1 hour
  11. Add strips to current strips on wood, peel backing and place on wall, allow to sit for 1 hour
  12. All done – Measure the kids!! – I have a different colour for each child

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corrie November 26, 2010 - 9:49 PM

that's definitely the most stylish chart I've seen! thanks for the tutorial, I love it!


Katrina November 30, 2010 - 6:19 AM

thankyou Corrie, I really love having them all on the one chart, alot easier to compare heights

Amanda_paulic November 18, 2011 - 2:25 PM

I have been wanting to make something like this for a while, though I plan to add a small black and white photo of each child each time I measure them 🙂

Katrina November 22, 2011 - 7:48 PM

Thats a beautiful idea 🙂

Taryn November 19, 2011 - 6:13 PM

That’s brilliant! I love the idea of being able to customise it for your family! Far more stylish than some! And so much better than using markings on a door frame! Will be having some creative fun with this one!

Katrina November 22, 2011 - 7:52 PM

If we ever move, which I doubt, it will always be able to come with us.

jan June 9, 2012 - 8:59 PM

I cant find the Kaiser rub on letters anywhere…any tips? or alternatives?

Lisa Warren July 16, 2012 - 8:22 AM

That looks fantastic Katrina!! I’ve been thinking about making something like that for my own home, and you’ve made it look so simple!

Katrina July 16, 2012 - 9:26 AM

I just love the idea if we ever move I can take it with us.

Emma July 16, 2012 - 10:52 AM

I love this. Mine is on the back of my pantry door and I often think about how I’ll have to take the door with me if we ever move – this is definitely much more practical lol. Will be going on my to do list for sure!

Jane-Marie Skinner July 16, 2012 - 1:37 PM

Thank you so much for this great idea! We recently moved from the only house my 9yo and 14yo had lived in  and had to leave the family measurements on the pantry door behind. Kids are always wanting to see if the have grown so this will be perfect 🙂 

Katrina July 17, 2012 - 9:56 PM

It’s very easy to make, pleased you like the idea

Leigh Willett November 25, 2012 - 1:16 PM

Love it! As we are forever moving I have decided to make this and give it to my children as their Christmas Gift from me 🙂


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