Some cute girls in my ward told me about these rulers they were going to make to measure their kids through the years. I thought this was an awesome idea since we will be going to school for a few more years and moving a lot, so we couldn't mark it on a wall! I found one that Pottery Barn Kids had made and tried to make mine similar....except for A LOT cheaper!
Somebody is getting so big!!
This was the Pottery Barn Kids one that was $58
And here is how I made mine:
This wood is about 10" x 72" and I got it at Home Depot for $8.44! Not bad!
I used a "natural" shade of stain and stained the wood. The stain was $4.50 at WalMart.
Then I used a measuring tape to mark every inch so I knew where I would want lines painted.
I decided to make some stencils of short and long lines I wanted on my ruler and that was a HORRIBLE idea! Don't do that! The paint seeps through!
So my cute husband told me to use masking tape and mark off where I wanted to paint. I would do a line at every inch and would do two 2" lines, then one 3" line for the markings on my ruler. Used a lot of tape!
Then I painted over the tape/lines with black acrylic paint
I peeled the tape off and luckily it worked! What a relief! Then I printed out some numbers onto some paper that has adhesive on the back, cut the numbers out and used the leftovers as a stencil. I painted over those and took the sticker paper off. I used distress ink on the edges and did one more coat of stain.
I started my lines 3 inches off so that I could always hang this 3 inches off the ground, rather than just propping it against the wall. So now my ruler will measure up to 6'3". I'm trying to decide if I want to pin a picture up of the age they were at a certain height or if we should just write it on.... Any thoughts?!