6.03.2013

Collapsible Growth Chart

Good morning and happy June! Sorry I disappeared for a few weeks – I have been so busy with my three little ones and my wonderful husband that blogging and crafting sort of took a big backseat! I felt like I was playing catch up and then finally just threw it out the window and decided that it was more important to play with my kids during the day and didn’t worry about it anymore. If my kids are like yours – then they are all growing faster than weeds and it sort of makes me want to burst into tears in a “I love that they are growing and learning new things and becoming their own people but its happening so quickly I might lock them up forever” kind of way. I am sure you all understand! So speaking of growing and getting bigger – I finally made a project that has been on my list for a while -

A Collapsible Growth Chart

Collapsible Growth Chart (19) copy

Growing up my family had a wall in our house where we would measure how tall we were. It was always so fun to see how much we had grown. But then we remodeled… and moved and the wall went away… as did our “growth chart.” I wanted something for my kids that could move with us but was still simple and easy to store. The collapsible growth chart is perfect because it simply folds in half and you can store it away.

Collapsible Growth Chart (20) copy

Using items I already had around my house I whipped this up in an afternoon. It was really pretty simple and I love the way it turned out.

Make A Collapsible Growth Chart

  • Cut a 6 foot pine board in half
  • Stain (or paint) the two boards your preferred color
  • Attach the boards together using piano hinges.
  • Use a measuring tape and mark your feet, halves, fourths, eighths and sixteenths
  • Use a permanent marker and draw your lines to the length you want using a ruler.
  • Add your vinyl numbers and a cute quote if you want and your done!

Collapsible Growth Chart (13) copy

I picked up my hinges at Home Depot. They come in a set of two and include the screws. I attached them to the back so when the chart is open there is a simple little seam that you can hardly notice.

I wanted to keep the chart simple but also wanted it to have a little bit of personality. I love quotes and thought it would be fun to add one about growing and came across this one.

“It take courage to grow up and become who you really are.” by e.e. cummings.

I love it for a lot of different reasons but mostly because the world we live in is scary and it will be hard for my kids to grow up in this day and age and make good choices and decisions when the world tells them not too. I want them to know they are brave to stand up for what they believe and I hope I can teach them that early on in life and pray they remember it always!

Collapsible Growth Chart (4) copy

How do you guys document your kids growth… or do you? Do you have a wall like we did? or do you do it some other way?

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5 comments:

Kristie said...

What a great idea. I love that it is portable.
And that quote is so amazing!
Thanks for sharing!

Ruth said...

Oh how I wish I had this when my kids were little and we were moving around with the military. Cute idea. Thanks for sharing.

Michelle Barneck said...

We have heights marked in random places in the garage. I saw them when we cleaned it out this past weekend. There was even one for Justine, Jared's sister who passed away. That was pretty special to see.

Myrianne Jones said...

Oh, awesome! I have been thinking about making one of those. :-)

Amy {The Idea Room} said...

This is fabulous!!

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