Today, I wanted to show you a simple way to make a ruler height chart for kids. Having two little ones, I wanted to combine them into one to save on space, but be able to separate them later so that they will always have their own as a special keepsake.
The materials are minimal:
Two wooden palings (I used two old architraves)
Stencil or letter and number stickers
Sharpie fine point pen
Wall mounting tape
Prepping the Palings
To create my shabby chic look, I sanded back the original dark stain and then skimmed over lightly with a brush dipped in a small amount of off white chalk paint. I then did a further light sand over the top. The whole process took me half an hour.
Measuring the Numbers and spaces
I used cm and inches for this project as it best resembled a typical ruler. For the cm, I chose to work at 10cm intervals, with small dashes at every 2cm. For the inches, I chose to work at 5” intervals, with small dashes at every 1”.
NB: for the dashes, I found my Sharpie Fabric Marker worked best as it has more of a paint brush tip on it. It worked really well on the wood and seems permanent enough. This isn’t necessary to complete your own chart but I wanted to note here.
Stencilling the Numbers on Ruler Height Chart
I created my number stencil using my Brother Scan n Cut. Of course, there are plenty of other ways to create your numbers such as alphabet stencils from craft stores or you could opt for stickers instead, again, from your local craft store. Using my stencil, I simply used my sharpie marker to fill in the numbers. It was simple and effective and offered a cute handmade approach.
Adding the Names
For Catherine and Charlie’s names, I chose to go with freehand. Again, I used my Sharpie Fabric Marker. Any method is great, from stickers to stencil to freehand, whichever takes your fancy.
Adding the Ruler Markings
Next, I penned in the points of height references I had for my little ones to date and all that was left to do was hang my new creation and update with the latest heights!
I hope you like this simple project for a ruler height chart that can be completed in an afternoon. I’d love to see your own height charts, ruler themed or otherwise.