It's day 3 of A to Z...that means that letter C is up. If you're on Pinterest, you've probably seen at least one of these pop up in your feed. DIY Child Growth Rulers are becoming a pretty popular trend. I've noticed though that a lot of them don't link up to any sort of tutorial...it's all just photos. Today, I fix that.
These were made for Christmas presents, so I kind of worked in assembly line fashion. I started out with 4 pine boards from Home Depot. Each board was 6 feet long and 8" wide. The 6" wide ones are cheaper and will still get the job done, but I wanted a board that looked good and sturdy.
I stained each board (on both sides) with 2-3 coats of MinWax Wood Finish in Provincial 211. This gave a semi-dark stain, but still allowed the grain of the boards to come through well.
A lot of time was spent staining and drying, flipping, staining and drying. Just getting this phase done took several days. Be patient... Oh...and don't expect perfection. The stain will have some "character".
Once the stained boards were ready to roll, I adhered vinyl lettering (last names) and numbers along with ruler hash marks. I cut all of my vinyl pieces out using my Pazzle (similar to a Cricut or Silhouette). I used indoor vinyl, but would use outdoor vinyl if I was to do this project again. The indoor tends to get a little finicky and I did have a little peel up on a few of the hash marks.
Marks were started at 6" and went all the way up to 6 1/2 feet. Starting at 6" was not an accident...you'll see why shortly.
Once all of the vinyl was adhered, I let the vinyl "cure" over night. I then coated each board with clearcoat. You could also use ModPodge, but I wasn't wanting to brush ModPodge on for days. Instead, I settled for 3 coats of clearcoat over a day and a half.
The 6" at the bottom was designed to allow room for moulding. The one above was for my sister-in-law's family. As you can see, it was just the right height for their 6" base boards.
Heights for multiple children can be added. A white or silver sharpie works well to show up on the board surface.
A mildly time-consuming project, but technically simple and a perfect decorating piece for those with young kids.
I hope your A to Z is going swimmingly! One more this week: D is up tomorrow!
Did you miss any of my previous A to Z posts?
1. A is for Anna (Easy Anna Cape)
2. B is for Bath (Appliqued Bath Mat)