Chicken scratch on the side of the closet door. It was what we all had. There was no such thing as cute store-bought growth charts. I love simple pencil marks on the wall, creating a family record, writing history right into your home. I wish we could have something permanent like that in our house, but since we move every few years, that just really isn’t an option for us. We needed something portable that could be hung in each house we live in, and simple enough to look good in any room. And I realized that we needed this when I was about 8 and a half months pregnant. So it also had to be super easy to make.
It doesn’t really get any easier than this. We had a six foot wood board and some white paint left over from another project. And on a recent trip to San Francisco I had bought some reclaimed vintage numbers at my favorite store Timeless Treasures. All that was left to do was paint the board white and super glue the reclaimed numbers at one foot intervals. Then wait until my little baby was old enough to stand up to be measured, and start adding chicken scratch pencil marks to the side. We love measuring her every few months, and seeing how much she has grown!
If you are looking for inspiration to make your own growth chart, there are a ton on Pinterest. If you aren’t feeling very crafty, but still want something handmade, Etsy has some very cute ones here, here, and here. And if you want something vintage looking, Pottery Barn Kids has an awesome vintage ruler growth chart.
Who else grew up with a growth chart on the closet door? Does anyone still have pencil marks on the wall in your house?