How to make a height chart for kids

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How to make a height chart for kids

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A ruler growth chart is a fantastic gift or keepsake for a baby or child. Customise your own with this easy craft project.

Tools & Materials

Clamp

Dulux paint ‘Happy Days’

Eye protection

Paint tray

Paintbrush

Pencil

Plywood numbers

Roller

Ruler

Safety mask

Self adhesive picture-hanging strips

Spray paint

White marker pen

Wood panels x 2

Tools and materials needed to create a kids height chart

1. Paint your timber plank

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!

Painting a plank of wood with a small paint roller

2. Measure up

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. 

Clamping height chart and tape measure to table

3. Mark your heights

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.

Measuring wood plank starting at 30 centimetres

4. Decorate your numbers

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.

Wooden numbers, painted black

5. Glue your numbers

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.

Customising growth chart with child's name

6. Admire your handiwork!

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!

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Health & Safety

Please make sure you use all equipment appropriately and safely when following the advice in these D.I.Y. videos. You need to be familiar with how to use equipment safely and follow the instructions that came with the equipment. If you are unsure, you may feel it is safest to consult an expert, such as the manufacturer or an expert Bunnings Team Member.

Grave health hazards are linked to asbestos, which may be in homes built up to 1990. Health hazards may result from exposure to lead-based paints in older materials and copper chromium arsenic (CCA) treated timber. 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. You can also use a simple test kit from Bunnings to indicate the presence of lead-based paint.
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