Tuesday, July 31, 2012

Copycat Craft: DIY Growth Chart

About a year ago, I posted about this genius idea by 517 Creations, and I've finally got around to showing you how mine turned out. Lemme just say...this is a winner! Totally easy, a little time-consuming but not in a frustrating-why-did-I-take-this-on kind of way, and very inexpensive. Oh, and in case you were wondering, this is the other pencil-transfer technique project I alluded to in my post about my Z Gallerie Eye Chart Tray Knock Off. I used it for my Toolbox Turned Planter, too. Brace yourselves, this may not be the last time I talk about this even though you're probably sick of it by now.

So here's my version of the DIY Growth Chart. This isn't where we actually have it hanging, but the lighting at its permanent spot is horrible, so I stuck it here for its photo shoot. Anyway, we've used it a few times already to mark the girls' height, and we love that it's a moveable record of how they grew so that if we do ever move again (God help us), it can come with us. So here's my review of the original idea:

DIY Growth Chart by 517 Creations

Nap Rating = 4 naps (1 for staining and dry time; 1 for measuring and marking the placement of each hash mark; 1 for transferring the numbers; and 1 for going back over them in marker)

Skill Level = Beginner

Cost = I had the stain leftover from another project so the only thing I had to buy was the wood itself. Upon my husband's urging, I actually splurged and bought the higher grade of lumber, though, because he was afraid the board would warp over time if I didn't. In hindsight, I'm glad I listened to him.

Instructions = I followed her instructions EXACTLY, even down to the font she chose for the numbers. And mine turned out great, so that tells me this was a great tutorial.

Does mine look like the picture? Yep! Well, except that my numbers are faced the opposite direction, which I suppose isn't accurate, but hopefully no one will notice. I only just noticed when the pictures were side-by-side. Oops!

Bottom line = This was a stellar idea and turned out as-advertised. What more could you want from a tutorial? What an inexpensive, simple way to personalize your home!

14 comments:

  1. Your growth chart turned out beautifully! Thanks for the blog credit! :)

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  2. I'm wanting to make one of these for our child(ren) somewhere down the road. Right now baby #1 is still inside me, so there is no rush. I'm glad to know where to find a good tutorial (Thanks 517 Creations!) and that it is easy to follow. You've given me the courage to tackle this project once the time comes. Thank you so much for sharing!

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    1. Congrats on baby number 1!! Thanks for your kind words and for stopping by!

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  3. What a great idea!! One more thing to add to the to-do list!! :)

    xx melissa

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    1. Ah, the never-ending to-do list...I have one of those, too! Pinterest hasn't helped. :)

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  4. I love the idea of this growth chart! Very pretty! ;)
    Thank you so much for sharing @ {nifty thrifty sunday}!
    You will be featured at this week's party!
    XO! Vanessa

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  5. thanks for sharing.

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  6. I like this growth chart! I will be pinning this for future reference :) I hope you could come by and visit my blog and link up at my blog party still on going today :) I love you blog! I am a new follower :)

    xo
    Myric

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    1. Thank you so much!! I hope you come back again soon...

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  7. This is awesome. My husband wanted to do something with a yard stick, but I always pictured something bigger, so this is perfect!

    New GFC follower via The Sunday Showcase. I hope you'll stop by my blog sometime!

    Have a great week! :)

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    1. Thx Julie! Like I said in the post, I can't take credit for the original idea, only its execution. :) We love it! Our kids do, too. Our youngest has grown an inch since we put it up. Thx for stopping by!

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  8. Way cool! My parents just marked my height and my brother's on the inside door jam of a closet door, but this is a cute way to have it displayed! Thanks for sharing at The Fun In Functional!

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    1. Just wanted to let you know I featured this on my blog today! You can check out the feature here: http://practicallyfunctional.net/2012/09/the-fun-in-functional-link-party-15/

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  9. Hi there! Stumbled across your blog and love it, especially love how your DIY growth chart turned out!
    A few months back I asked my husband to help me make one for our boys and we had fun preparing the board, but got stuck on creating a neat, professional way to put on numbers and tick marks. We tried numerous methods, and weren't happy with any of them, so decided to design a DIY vinyl decal that you can just transfer onto the board and were finally happy with it!
    Since then, knowing how popular this project is, we actually opened a shop on Etsy to sell the decals for other DIY-ers who wanted to make a board but didn't have the creativity or time to hand draw out or stencil numbers and tick marks. If you'd like to take a look, or recommend the shop in your post to others who might be frustrated by the same step as an option, it's: www.etsy.com/shop/LittleAcornsByRo
    Maybe it will be a help to others out there!
    Thanks and best wishes!
    Ro

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