There’s nothing like folding and putting away your baby’s clothes to make you realize how quickly they are growing. I seriously feel like I fill a tote of clothes my daughter has outgrown like every other day. It’s crazy. It also made me realize that I should probably be documenting these crazy growth spurts while she is still a somewhat tiny human.
So it dawned on me that I should make Hollis a growth chart. I had one when I was a kid and I loved that thing. I would eat my veggies and drink my milk and then go measure myself to see if those “super foods” really worked or if grown-ups were just lying to us all. I figure my child deserves the opportunity to question me as well.
I started with a pine board that I cut down to 6′. I’m sorry for the lack of pictures, I swear I took some, but they are nowhere to be found! So I will just use my words to describe what went on…
Then I did nothing for a looooong time. This blank piece of wood sat against the wall waiting for me to figure out how to paint it. I knew I wanted something that Hollis would like, of course, but also something that wasn’t too babyish since I have to see it all the time too. Then I stumbled on this pattern which I really loved. I liked the simple geometric pattern (ie. something I can easily replicate with painter’s tape). And I also liked the color combo, I feel like it could work in pretty much any room in our house, which is good because I like to move things around constantly.
So here is where I’m missing some important pics. BUT, as you can see, I painted the board off-white. Then just imagine painter’s tape all over to create the triangles. I started my triangles 2″ over so that I could leave room to add my numbers, then I just followed one row of the pattern above.
After I traced each letter, I went back over them with a paint marker. I also went over all my tick marks, making the foot measurements slightly more prominent than the inch measurements.I still might add a little wood filler to that spot between the 2 and 3. Then I just have to decide where to hang it, and weep my eyes out as I watch my tiny human grow!