DIY Growth Chart Ruler

We liked the idea of tracking Trent’s height growth throughout the years, but since we might not be in this house forever, we didn’t want to track it on a wall that we would have to leave behind if we moved. 🙁

So we decided to make our own growth chart ruler that can go with us wherever we go! And it fit perfectly with our theme for his nursery, too!

Brett searched “growth chart ruler” on Etsy and came across a custom vinyl decal from Ten23Designs. [you can also go to her website to order it HERE]

The decal is 6 feet tall and can be ordered in a variety of colors. When we ordered, there were different measurement options, so we made sure to specify that we wanted it in inches. Personalization is free, so we specified in the comments of the order that we wanted his name, Trent, printed too!

The decal arrived in 4 separate sections. Brett purchased a 6 ft. tall x 9 in. wide x 1 in. deep piece of wood…no need to cut it.

Place the decals where you will end up sticking them, making sure that your measurements line up. Only a half a foot will be at the bottom, since you will end up placing the bottom of the ruler about half a foot off the ground when you hang it on the wall.

It may be easier to cut the decals into smaller sections, so they are easier to work with. Peel off one side of the decal backing and stick the decal onto the wood and press down firmly,smoothing it out.

You may also benefit from a furry DIY helper nearby.

Slowly peel back the other side of the decal backing, leaving just the decal itself. By peeling slowly, you can catch any wrinkles before peeling too far.

Do this for all the sections and the name!

Spray several coats of clear coat onto the front and sides to give it that somewhat shiny, finished look. We used Valspar Clear Sealer Gloss. Let dry between each coat.

Screw on a mounting hook to the back of the ruler towards the top.

Place two felt pads on the back of the ruler towards the bottom, so it will rest firmly against the wall.

Hang onto the wall, making sure to line up the measurements from the ground (the 1 on the ruler will measure 1 foot off the ground).

Now, you’re ready to track your child’s height and don’t have to worry about leaving those memories behind if you move!


Be sure to check out our other DIY projects from Trent’s Nursery!


DIY Jumbo Hanging Barrel of Monkeys

DIY Pirate Door Sign

Nursery Closet Makeover

DIY Scrabble Letter Blocks

DIY Colorful Framed Letter

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  • Melissa
    Sep 22, 2013 at 4:35 pm

    Love the ruler! I’m inspired to make one for my son’s room. I was wondering if you tried writing over the sealant to mark your kiddo’s growth with a permanent marker. If so, did it smudge?

    • Lynn Svenson
      Sep 22, 2013 at 8:53 pm

      Thank you! It has worked out great for us! We just use a black Sharpie permanent marker and it hasn’t smudged one bit.

      • Melissa
        Sep 28, 2013 at 4:08 pm

        All the better!

  • Lauren @ten23designs
    Dec 15, 2013 at 9:42 am

    I love how it turned out and the tutorial you did. May I repost on my blog with a link back to you?

  • Holly
    Oct 13, 2014 at 2:31 pm

    I’ve been trying to figure out the best way to make one of these where the lines and number look sharp and professional. I was worried that if I painted them it would bleed along the wood grain. I just bought my vinyl letters from Ten23Designs. Can’t wait for my order to arrive so I can make this growth chart! I’m painting my board red and ordered white letters! 🙂 THANKS SO MUCH FOR THE LINK AND THE PICS!

    • Lynn Svenson
      Oct 13, 2014 at 11:01 pm

      You’re welcome! I hope it turns out great! 🙂