DIY Portable Kid’s Growth Chart

DIY Portable Growth Chart Kids Children Martha Stewart Measuring Rod ModernI always imagined tallying my kids’ height milestones on a doorframe or wall in the one house where their childhood would play out. But, like so many young families, we’ve spent our time in several different temporary houses where I knew sweet memories would have to eventually be left behind. Thankfully, Martha Stewart Living came to my rescue with this rad idea for a cute and portable growth chart. This project is tops because:

1. It’s simple, modern, and visually unobtrusive.

2. It can move homes with you! DIY Portable Growth Chart Kids Children Martha Stewart Measuring Rod Modern Room Start by buying a big wooden closet rod/dowel rod from a home improvement store. We started with a 4 footer, mostly for portability ease, and that got us through 7 years. My oldest just reached the top of our stick so I will need to attach a second rod in the near future. You can paint or stain the dowel like Martha did, or leave it raw like I did here. DIY Portable Growth Chart Kids Children Martha Stewart Measuring Rod ModernNext, choose one paint color per child, hopefully colors that will coordinate with your house so it can hang out. I chose aqua and orange, colors I knew would stick with us for a while…and colors I happened to have on hand. But how cute would B + W be???DIY Portable Growth Chart Kids Children Martha Stewart Measuring Rod ModernUse painter’s tape to mark each measured height with a stripe of paint. I write the date and/or their age in pencil over the stripe. I try to mark heights at each birthday but often forget until months later. The great thing about this process is that it lends itself well to randomness. I also chose to visually mark the color assigned to each child by painting a strip at their birth length and labeling it with their name, hence the very short stripes near the 17″ and 19″ marks! DIY Portable Growth Chart Kids Children Martha Stewart Measuring Rod Modern RoomOurs doubles as a pretend boat oar, firehouse pole, and jumping obstacle. And occasionally as a giant sword – consider yourself warned! DIY Portable Growth Chart Kids Children Martha Stewart Measuring Rod ModernHappy weekend and thanks for reading!

 

 

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