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How to Mark Height on a Ruler Growth Chart

Don’t you love it when you finally finish a project that has been on your “to do” list forever?  One of my goals for this year is to get all of those pesky unfinished projects done, once and for all.  I have wanted to make a ruler growth chart like this for years now, and it’s finally done!  It was so easy, I don’t know why I didn’t do it sooner.  I used the free Silhouette cut file here from Where the Smiles Have Been for the numbers.  It worked perfectly!  Stencil Revolution has sponsored a link in this post, so you can see how to make one without a cutting machine.  It would be so easy to do with this growth chart stencil!

DIY Ruler Growth Chart

After I made it, I couldn’t figure out how to mark the heights of four children, while still looking nice.  I thought about making vinyl markers, but I wanted it to be easy enough that I would actually keep doing it.  I decided to go the old fashioned route and mark their heights with a pen.  I really like the way it looks.

DIY Ruler Growth Chart

To differentiate between each of the kids, I drew different lengths of lines.  Evan is firstborn, so his lines are one inch long, Audrey’s are two inches, Leah three, and Austin four.  I went back through their old medical records to bring the chart up to date, and I love seeing all of their height differences!  I didn’t realize how tall Audrey is!

DIY Ruler Growth Chart

I hung it in the hallway, just outside the toy room, and it looks great!  The kids love standing next to it to see how tall they are.

DIY Ruler Growth Chart

How do you keep track of your kid’s heights? Be sure to check out my other Silhouette crafts!

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Thursday 20th of August 2020

What color stain did you use? I like it a lot!

Jessica @ Cutesy Crafts

Tuesday 1st of September 2020

I don't remember. Sorry.


Thursday 7th of May 2020

How wide is your chart?

Jessica @ Cutesy Crafts

Thursday 2nd of July 2020

7 inches


Sunday 3rd of May 2020

I like the spacing and size of your marks. How wide are they each? I like that every third one is a different size. And how thick do you actually paint them is it about a quarter of an inch or is it a little bit smaller?

Jessica @ Cutesy Crafts

Thursday 2nd of July 2020

The actual growth chart is a cut file from the blog I link to. She might have that info for you. The marks for my children's heights are different depending on the kid. My oldest is 1 inch long, 2nd 2 inches, 3rd 3 inches, and 4th child is 4 inches.


Tuesday 17th of December 2019

Did you only mark yearly milestones? I have a 12month old and wasnt sure if I should mark any from before 12 months. 6months? Birth height? Thanks!

Jessica @ Cutesy Crafts

Saturday 4th of January 2020

I marked birth length. Other than that, I didn't mark until they were 1, since they couldn't stand up yet. 6 month length from the doctor's checkup would be cute to mark too though.

Angela Anderson

Tuesday 17th of September 2019

What type of poly or protective coat did you use on the wood so you could still easily mark on it with a pen?


Monday 11th of January 2021

Do you just use a regular ink pen?

Jessica @ Cutesy Crafts

Wednesday 25th of September 2019

You know, I don't even remember if I put a protective coat to be honest. Sorry, I know that's not helpful.

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