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  • Sonja Eagles

    ruler growth chart tutorial by NATASHA on FEBRUARY 1, 2012 in NAPTIME CRAFTING Did you see this on my Pinterest DIY board about a month ago? I finally got over to Lowe’s & bought my big piece of wood (to which P said, “hehe, big piece of wood”, I married a 13 year old) & after that the project was easily done in one afternoon… The wood couldn’t have been easier to get. In fact if you’re intimidated to go to the hardware store (like me) & the thought of going to lumber section no less is enough to make you scratch a project (hand up in air) then this is one you should absolutely make yourself do. I had all sorts of anxiety about getting the right size piece of wood. I don’t know what my problem is, I’ve asked for wood to be cut at Lowe’s before. They don’t make you sacrifice your first born child. It was completely painless but nonetheless every time I need to go I get all panicked about being a girl in man’s world. Like they’re going to see me with my wedge boots & pretty little purse & point me in the direction of the paint section. “Aw, poor little lamb is lost, paint samples are that way honey…” But look, all that anticipation for nothing… I didn’t even have to speak to anyone. Wood already comes precut in 6′ pieces. It even has a nice little sticker on it so I can do self-checkout & not speak to a soul. I was in & out with my big piece of wood in 5 minutes. {insert joke here} {{for a craft blog it surrre is getting dirty around here!}} Next step I threw a vinyl tablecloth over my dining room table & laid the wood across a couple of cans of spaghetti o’s. Using an old bib I wiped on some ‘golden oak’ Minwax stain to the front & the sides. While the stain dried I used my Silhouette (did I tell you P got me one for Christmas? Susan finally taught me how to use the darn thing over the weekend, more on that to come) to create the number & dash stickers. The wonderful thing about the Silhouette is I can go ahead and space out all of the dash marks 1″ apart that way I can transfer them all onto the ruler in one perfectly spaced ginormous vinyl cutout. If you don’t have a Silhouette than a.) I apologize for rubbing it in your face that it’s so stupidly awesome for this project & b.) have several other perfectly suitable solutions. I’ve seen lots of people mark 1″ spaces down their piece of wood & then use a stencil to draw on the dashes & numbers like this lovely lady did here. If something even easier sounds good to you then take a look at this, pre-made vinyl growth ruler kits from Etsy. Girly does all the work for you. If you don’t have a cutter & don’t mind paying a few extra bucks that’s probably a nice way to go. Also I used pink vinyl because I didn’t want the stark contrast of the black vinyl against the wood, I think the pink is a little funky & somehow makes having a giant ruler a tad less hokey. Once all of your stickers are applied, take a deep breath, you’re almost done. And now’s the fun part. You get to whip out your drill. (hehehe, ok, seriously, I have issues)I attached two d-rings. (purchased at target in the picture hanging/hooks/duct tape aisle) Each one is 2″ on either side of the center of the board, about 6 or so inches from the top of the board. Then on the wall I placed two of these mounting screws also bought at Target. They claim to hold 60lbs each & since I was a bit worried about the darn thing falling on my kid’s heads these seemed like a good idea.

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