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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