I don’t know if you are like me, but I love to find projects on Pinterest that I can actually accomplish. I don’t care for projects that take too long because with three kids at home, who has the time!?! But as soon as I saw that someone pinned the oversized ruler that can track your kids heights, I knew I had to make one. I read several blogs that described how they made it then took a few hints from each of them to make mine. It was cheap (which is a bonus) to make and hardly took any time(double bonus).
My husband, went to Lowes and bought the supplies. A 1-inch thick, 8-inch wide and 6-feet tall piece of wood and a package of large D-Ring Hangers.
The first thing I did was sand the edges of the board. If you have little kids like I do, then you know they love to run their hands on all surfaces. I wanted to save their little hands from any possible splinters so I made sure the board was nice and smooth. Some people choose to leave their ruler the natural wood color but we decided to stain ours. I tested out a few different color stains I had around the house on the back of the piece of wood before applying it to the front side. It took about 5 hours for the stain to dry.
Once the stain was dry, I did what my 9-year old son would call “the tedious part.” I used a ruler and a pencil to mark one inch increments up the left side of the board. I drew a one-inch line for every inch, two-inch line for every quarter foot and a three-inch line for every foot. After all the lines were measured out and drawn with pencil, I used a black paint pen to retrace my lines. Instead of using vinyl or a stencil for the numbers, I freehanded them. If I were to do it again, I would probably find or make a two-inch stencil so that the numbers look better.
To finish the project, Anson attached 2 of the D-Rings to the top corners of the board so that it would hang straight. We made sure to hang the board 6 inches off the floor so that the ruler would be accurate.
The finished project came out great and I was able to do it all in one afternoon. Vincent and Chloe love our new ruler and already want to get measured. I hope these instructions help anyone that is wanting to make one, too. You and your family will love it!