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DIY Pallet Growth Chart

For many years now, we’ve kept a record of our kids’ heights on the door frame leading into our kitchen.  It’s quite handy and we get to see it every time we pass … but it’s starting to disappear.GrowthChartOld

We’ve used pencil to record most of those heights over the years, and slowly but surely, the lead is wearing off.  And of course, if we should ever move, all of those heights and dates would be lost.  I needed a solution, a much more permanent way to record the growth of our children.

I decided to create a wooden growth chart.  It had to be 6 feet tall (because we’re a relatively short family), and it had to blend in with the rest of the colours and decor in the house.  Oh yeah, and it had to be free.  Christmas spending really puts things in perspective each year!

So, with a plank from a wooden pallet that my brother was throwing away, left over scrapbook stickers, some old stain and varnish, and a little creativity (although not much – this is a pretty simple DIY), I came up with this:

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How To Make Your Own DIY Pallet Growth Chart

Tools and Supplies:

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  • 6+ foot long wooden plank (preferable reclaimed from a pallet or something similar)
  • power sander or sand paper
  • stain or paint (any colour)
  • scrapbook sticker numbers
  • tape measure
  • glue
  • pencil
  • Sharpie
  • ruler
  • small paintbrush (or Q-Tips)

Directions:

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  1. Sand all of the rough parts and splinters off of the plank.
  2. Stain or paint the wood and allow to dry.
  3. Starting from the bottom, mark every 6 inches using your tape measure.  At each foot, draw a line across the plank with the ruler and pencil.  At each half foot, draw a line from the middle of the plank (roughly) to one side.
  4. When your lines are complete and look properly spaced, go over them with the Sharpie.  Use the ruler to keep your lines sharp and straight.
  5. Place scrapbook stickers on the lines corresponding to the height.  I wanted to place my plank one foot off the floor, so my first full line is actually at the 2 foot height.  Use the glue to attach the stickers if their own adhesive isn’t strong enough.  I used one style of stickers to mark each whole foot, and another to mark half-foots (1.5, 2.5, etc.).
  6. When you’re happy with the placement of the stickers and the glue is dry, use the paintbrush to cover the stickers with varnish.  The varnish should be only on the stickers so that you’ll still be able to write on the planks in the future as your children grow.
  7. When the varnish is dry, mount the plank on the wall or doorjamb with whatever you prefer.  You could screw it right into the wall or studs, or you could hang it with a picture hanging hook.  Just make sure it’s secure so that it doesn’t fall on anyone.  And make sure you measure up from the floor so that you’re placing your plank exactly where it should be.  Use your tape measure to double check.
  8. Start marking your children’s heights!  You can use Sharpie for a bolder look, or ball point pen to put a small horizontal line where the top of your child’s head is, along with the month and year.

 

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Megan is a WAHM to 3 (and then some) kids, who spends the majority of her time working as an Administrative Assistant, blogging and washing dishes. She loves to write about her adventures in parenting, running a home daycare, adoption and whatever else strikes her fancy!

24 Comments

  1. Robin Rue (@massholemommy)

    That came out really cool! I have my boys each marked on the wall in the kitchen and I would love to transfer those marks so I can take them with me someday when we move away.

  2. tiaras and tantrums

    What a fun idea! I just mark each child’s door on their birthday with ta line and the date.

  3. Cara (@StylishGeek)

    I had a growth chart frame that was given to my daughter as a gift, but it ended at age five. I wish I did a growth chart like yours though!

  4. Jeanette

    That looks awesome! You did a great job! I am going to show this to my hubby and see if he can make one for our family.
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  5. Liz Mays

    What a fun idea. It will be crazy seeing how much the kids grow each year. Some years they just shoot up!
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  6. Miles L.

    I could remember doing this when we were kids. We stopped growing and we forgot about the wall.

  7. rika

    This is a fun DIY! My kids would love to have a growth chart in our house. I’ll try this tutorial soon

  8. April Mims

    I love this idea so much! I think I’ll need to make one for my grandson so we can start recording how much he grows.
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  9. Rebecca Swenor

    This is indeed an amazing idea and the kids would so love it. I will have to make one of these growth charts for my niece’s children as well as my little nephew. Thanks for sharing the instructions for is awesome idea.

  10. Chubskulit Rose

    Such an awesome idea! We used to do that too in the same place but wiped them all off when we cleanedour home one Spring time.
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  11. MyTeenGuide

    What agreat idea. I really love how the wood chart turned out.
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  12. Pop Shop America

    Oh this is awesome! I love that you used a palette because it gives it a cute rustic look.
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  13. Claudia Krusch

    So funny! I still do that with my son since he’s 12 and growing like crazy! He’s 6’1″ now! We want to document how tall he has always been!
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  14. Melissa

    This is such a cute idea. We have been keeping track of my daughters growth on a paper chart for year. Maybe I will make one of these to transfer it over to a more permanent decorative thing.
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  15. Maggie Branch

    LOVE THIS IDEA! I need to start this with my son asap!

  16. Ann Bacciaglia

    This is a fantastic growth chart idea. We did one at our house on the kitchen door trim. When we moved my Dad had to remove the whole piece of trim so we could keep it. I wish i had of thought of this idea first.

  17. Chrystal | Nevermore Lane

    This is such a wonderful idea. You and your family will cherish this for so many years to come. This would also make such a wonderful gift for a family.
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  18. Crystal Lopez

    What a cute idea! I would have never thought of something like this! We also have an area on the wall where we keep track of growth for our kids and this would be perfect!

  19. Marielle Altenor

    This reminded me that we left of old chart when we moved back in May. Going to have to get one going again now that we got a new place.
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  20. Bonnie @wemake7

    This is so cool! I love this idea, it’s very crafty and beautiful. I want to make one now.

  21. Life as a Convert

    I have never lived in a house long enough to mark the wall. The previous owners of the house I currently live in did, and I love seeing their marks on the frame. I never thought to make my own that I could take when moving.
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  22. Shanéy Maharaj

    I am so doing this. I was planning on getting one for my daughters room but now I think it is better to just do it on my own.
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  23. HilLesha

    I’ll admit that I never owned a growth chart, but I love the idea! I may have to try this sometime.

  24. CourtneyLynne

    Awwww luvssss ittttt!!! This is something we always meant to do with my daughter by never got around to it.

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