Irwin 150mm Quick-Grip Mini Bar Clamp
Grab an appropriate length of timber from Bunnings and give it a paint – choose a colour you think your child will connect to and love. We opted for Dulux ‘Happy Days', but there are literally hundreds of paint options in-house. Get creative!
Figure out where you'd like to hang your height chart in your room. We're choosing to hang ours 30cm off the ground, so we'll start our measurements at that point. Use a clamp to secure your timber so it doesn't move while you're marking everything up – you want your measurements to stay accurate.
Take your ruler and your pencil and mark every five centimetres of your wood. Then grab your numbers and mark out the 10cm increments along your height chart. Bunnings has a wide variety of letters and numbers, so you have plenty of options. Check out the wheelie bin numbers and the letterbox numbers for ideas.
If you're using wooden numbers, you may want to decorate them by using spray paint. Simply place them on a dust sheet or piece of newspaper and give them a spray with the colour of your choice. Hold the can around 20cm from the numbers and spray in nice, even strokes.
Once your numbers are painted and dry, you're ready to glue them onto your timber. We used Boyle Super Strength Balsa Wood Glue, using the numbers' packaging as markers for our chart. We marked out every 10 centimetres, using 40 as our first measurement (as our chart started 30cm from the ground). Don't worry if your glue looks messy – it dries clear. Use a ruler to make sure you're sticking your numbers down straight and in the right spot.
And you're done! Once your growth chart is dry it's ready to hang. We used 3M adhesive strips to affix ours to the wall – these work a treat. Just make sure you hang your height chart the appropriate distance from the ground, so the measurements are right. You may also want to customise with the name of your child at the top. They'll love tracking their progress!
Asbestos, lead-based paints and copper chromium arsenic (CCA) treated timber are health hazards you need to look out for when renovating older homes. These substances can easily be disturbed when renovating and exposure to them can cause a range of life-threatening diseases and conditions including cancer. For information on the dangers of asbestos, lead-based paint and CCA treated timber and tips for dealing with these materials contact your local council's Environmental Health Officer or visit our Health & Safety page.
When following our advice in our D.I.Y. videos, make sure you use all equipment, including PPE, safely by following the manufacturer’s instructions. Check that the equipment is suitable for the task and that PPE fits properly. If you are unsure, hire an expert to do the job or talk to a Bunnings Team Member.