DIY Growth Chart

DIY Ruler growth chart

These kids are growing like weeds! Yesterday I posted an update on Edie as a 12 month old and can you believe how tall Henry is too? He’s just a couple weeks shy of his 7th birthday, which is totally nuts to me. I’ve always loved growth charts that looked like ginormous wooden rulers and thought I’d try my hand at making our own so we can track him and Edie’s speedy growth progress. We have another growth chart I made a long time ago that we’ll have to transfer Henry’s marks onto so they’re all in one place.


With 8 grams of protein in every glass and 9 essential nutrients, milk is one of the best ways to keep kids growing healthy and strong. We are big milk drinkers at our home (Edie’s even starting to drink whole milk too) and I’m happy to be partnering with got milk? for this DIY growth chart project today.

Here’s how we made it…

This post is brought to you by got milk? Drink to a brighter future.

diy ruler growth chart

Supplies: 4 foot 2×4 board, markers, pencil, ruler. We also used 3” number stickers and letters.

diy ruler growth chart

Step 1: Using your small ruler as a guide, mark lines every inch with longer lines for every 1/8 inch. This is slightly different than how a ruler is lined but it made the most sense to us to have marks every inch for a growth chart. Go over your lines in permanent pen with your ruler.

Important: Because we didn’t want it to start on the floor, we started marking it at 1/2 foot and not 0.

diy ruler growth chart


diy ruler growth chart

Step 2: Use large stickers (we got ours from the local hardware store) to mark every foot.

diy ruler growth chart

Step 3: We also stamped the word ‘stanley’ on our board with a large stamp set and ‘foot’ at the bottom as well with a smaller stamp set (below)

diy ruler growth chart

diy ruler growth chart

Step 4: Screw in some kind of hanging device on the back for the wall. When you hang it make sure to measure it so the bottom hangs 1/2 foot from the bottom of the floor.


Yeah for growth charts, healthy growing kids, and strong bones! All fueled by California’s milk.

Photography by Liz Stanley. Assisted by Sara Albers 


Cute idea! I have to say, though, a bit disappointed with the sponsorship. There are so many misconceptions about milk that Got Milk perpetuates, for example, that it’s a great source of calcium–not only do we barely absorb the calcium in cow’s milk (especially if pasteurized), but to make matters worse, it actually increases calcium loss from the bones. Cows milk is made for calves to gain as much weight as possible in a very short timespan, which is why it is WEIRD that we drink it. Furthermore, cow’s milk often has both blood and pus (Google it).

Simple, thoughtful, beautiful, and functional: the stuff DIY dreams are made of. I’m sure Henry was glad to have his own post after all the Eddie posts 🙂

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