Super Easy DIY Yardstick Growth Chart For Grandparent's Day

As a grandparent, one of the things I love to make for gifts is personalized growth charts. I've also made many for expectant mom's decorating their nurseries. In the past, I've always hand-measured and painted the unit measurements until recently when I found out there's a stencil for that! When I find something new that rocks my DIY world, I pass that information on to you. So today I am sharing a Super Easy DIY Yardstick Growth Chart For Grandparent's Day tutorial using a stencil.

I couldn't believe how much quicker it was to make this growth chart with the stencil. In honor of Grandparents Day on September 9th and thanks to Stencil Revolution, I'm giving a handy growth chart stencil to one of you! Be sure to enter the giveaway at the bottom of the post.

DIY Yardstick Growth Chart And Giveaway

Easy DIY Yardstick Growth Chart With Stencils

Easy DIY Yardstick Growth Chart

Project Supplies

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All you need to make a yardstick growth chart is an unfinished 6-foot fence board, wood stain, foam brush, black paint, 4-inch foam roller, painter's tape, paper towels, baby wipes, clear coat, and the handy growth chart stencil

Easy DIY Yardstick Growth Chart Supplies

Important Step

The growth chart should be hung on the wall 6-inches from the floor. The ruler units begin at the 1/2 inch mark.

The growth chart must be hung securely where a young child could not easily knock it off the wall. My preference is Command Large Picture Hanging Strips that are rated for 4 pounds per strip.

Prep fence board

Run 150 - 220 grit sandpaper along the grain of the wood to sand back any splinters, imperfections, and to smooth the edges and corners. Wipe it with a damp cloth and remove any fine dust particles with a tack cloth.

Easy DIY Yardstick Growth Chart From Fence Board

Stain fence board

My go-to color for staining the fence board is Golden Oak. If you've been following the blog you know how much I dislike the color golden oak. I spent countless weeks getting rid of it in our budget-friendly kitchen makeover. But I make an exception for growth charts because the color closest resembles that of vintage wooden yardsticks that were in every classroom back in the day - remember those?

Measure the fence board

Measure 6-inches from the bottom of the fence board and draw a pencil line with a square. This will be where the 1-inch unit marker on the stencil will be lined up. Remember, we're hanging the growth chart 6-inches from the floor plus our 6-inch pencil mark equals 12-inches or rather 1-inch on the growth chart.

Easy DIY Yardstick Growth Chart One Measurement

Now the fun part - the handy growth chart stencil

This is what the growth chart stencil looks like.

Easy DIY Yardstick Growth Chart Stencil

Align the first 1-inch unit marker on the 6-inch pencil you made in the previous step. Tape the stencil onto the stained fence board and secure with painter's tape.

Pour black acrylic or chalk paint onto a paper plate. Roll a 4-inch foam roller into the paint and offload the excess onto a paper towel.

Easy DIY Yardstick Growth Chart Black Paint

Stencil Tip 1

The trick to not getting paint bleed is having a dry brush, meaning very little paint on the roller. With medium pressure roll the paint over the stencil units.

Stencil Tip 2

Notice in the photo below that I have two sample jars of paint under the stencil? This holds the stencil flat to help eliminate paint bleed.

DIY Yardtick Growth Chart The Easy Way

Stencil Tip 3

Always have a container of baby wipes on hand when stenciling. Before setting the stencil down for the next pattern repeat, clean the back with a baby wipe to remove any seeping paint. Ask me how I learned this tip 😉

Work your way up to the top until you've reached the 6-inch (6-foot) mark.

How To Stencil DIY Yardstick Growth Chart

Go back down to the bottom of the growth chart and align the stencil with the 1-inch marker and stencil 6-inches to the bottom of the growth chart as pictured below.

Easy DIY Yard Stick Growth Chart Base

Adding the numbers

Once the unit measurements are dry go back and stencil each number just below the inch markers like pictured below.

Easy DIY Yardstick Growth Chart Units Of Measure

Personalizing the growth chart

I always personalize each growth chart with the child's name. This one is going to be for our granddaughter who is due to enter the world any day now! I've been sworn to secrecy not to disclose her name. So for now, I painted a cute bunting banner at the top of the growth chart in her nursery colors and will add the letters after she's born.

For a tutorial on how to transfer graphics onto wood, see my Image Transfer Technique Using Graphite Paper.

Easy DIY Yardstick Growth Chart Banner

Protecting the growth chart

I always apply a protective clear coat over the growth chart so it will still look great years later, long after the child has grown and left the nest. There is no problem using a permanent felt marker over the clear coat to measure the child's growth.

While it may look like a lot of steps, using the growth chart stencil is quick. It took me around 15-20 minutes to make this one where it would take well over an hour with my old school method. To see the difference between the two, visit my Yardstick Growth Chart post from a few years ago.

Super Easy DIY Yardstick Growth Chart Finished


Here's where I want to give one of these handy stencils to one of you. Open to residents of Canada and the USA 18 years of age and older. Giveaway ends on September 13, 2018, at 12:00 am. Winner will be contacted by email and given 24 hours to reply. If no response then another winner will be randomly chosen. Good Luck!

Super Easy DIY Yardstick Growth Chart