Tuesday, July 12, 2011

Life/Growth Chart

Just as soon as I started this blog, we had a tragedy in the family and it is an understatement to say that things have been crazy the last week and a half (has it only been a week and a half? wow...). The source of all my craftiness, my Mom, lost her battle with cancer and we laid her to rest this past week. In an effort to try and continue what I started here, and do something to distract myself, I'm going to be posting up a bunch of past projects until I get the time to finish up some that are in the works and get into the "to-do" list.

I'll start with one that has me amazed at Life and all the changes it brings:

Katelyn's Growth Chart

You can tell this one is old by the amount (or really lack) of hair my kid has! She wasn't really fond of me taking these pictures, but I think its kinda cute :)

Stuff for a quick and easy growth chart:
- Letters - I found mine at Tall Mouse, a craft store that unfortunately no longer exists. I liked these a lot better than Michael's selection. However, I did find them online at http://www.save-on-crafts.com/ just search for "Funky Wood Letters." The bedding in my daughters room was full of a ton of different colors so I selected my favorites and painted them up.

-Wood panel - I found mine at Home Depot in a little section of pre-cut Poplar boards. They're only about 1/4" thick, so not too much weight to hang on the wall. You can get whatever size will accommodate the letters you pick. I took the letter K to the store and checked out the selection. Just make sure you get a wide enough board that will allow for the markings on the side. We had some leftover white paint from when we repainted the baseboards and molding in the house so I used that to paint the board and keep the background nice and bright.

- Markings - I grabbed a ruler and went to town. I started at the 2' mark and went up to 6', using a larger mark for a foot, and a smaller mark for an inch. I hand painted all these but I would think if you have a Silhouette SD Digital Craft Cutting Tool (QuicKutz)or a Cricut 29-0001 Personal Electronic Cutting Machine you could make it a lot easier on yourself and cut out even shapes. Mine looks a little wonky and hand painted but I don't really mind. Once the marks dried, I went back and hand painted the numbers. I wasn't confident in my free handing skills so I printed out a font I liked, cut it out and stenciled it on.

- Assembly - After everything was dried, I grabbed some Gorilla Glue 6205001 Wood Glue Bottle, 18-Ounce and put the letters on the board as evenly as I could. After letting the glue dry we installed a frame hanger on the back and hung it on the wall in her room with the bottom portion exactly 2' from the ground.

Now the trick is remembering to actually get the kid to stand in front of it and measure her. She's growing like crazy these days!

Oh crap! I just remembered I need to get going on another one of this for the other munchkin that's on the way! We better pick out a name for this little man soon! I better add that to the growing list...

I love the simplicity of this and the way her name stands out so well. There's so many options for things you could add to it. Extra painted embellishments, coordinating fabric or scrapbook papers behind the letters. What would you do to fancy it up?


  1. I would guess Kate's near the top of the T by now...I'll have to double check on my next visit =)

  2. I always thought this was a neat project!