How to Make a Wood Growth Chart {tutorial}


Allison from has worked her magic on a fantastic craft for you today!  Gone are the days when we would make a cut in the door frame to mark a child’s growth.   This wood growth chart is ideal for families who may not live in the same house forever.  Since they can be removed and taken down, they can be a beautiful keepsake and gift idea.


Wood Growth Chart!

How to Make a Wood Growth Chart

What you need:

  • 1 1x6x6 MDF Board (You can find these at the hardware store. They come in 8 foot boards, but just have the hardware store workers cut it down for you).
  • White Paint
  • A topper
  • 4×4 square ‘Watch Me Grow’ – Black Vinyl in any font
  • 2,3,4,5,6 2 inch numbers – Black Vinyl in any font
  • Wood Glue / hot glue gun
  • Tape Measure ‘r’ {{do you like the ‘r’ part? I’m claiming it as my new invented word}}
  • Sharpie Marker
  • Picture hanger. The saw looking thing on the back of frames that holds up pictures (found at the hardware store).


wood growth chartAhhh so here’s the paint. It hasn’t been opened for a while. The swirls kinda look cool though.

wood growth chartHere are the toppers. I cut these beauties out with a band-saw. That band-saw is a cool tool BTW!

Simple shapes that are feminine or masculine.

If you don’t have a saw or just don’t want to use one, don’t worry you can find toppers at Michael’s Crafts for a buck!

wood growth chartI cut out the paper.

wood growth chart

Mod Podge the paper on and sand the edges.

wood growth chart

Wood glue your wheels and center of the flower on. I know {{I know}} I am using a hot glue gun, but I was out of my preferred glue of choice…wood glue. Use wood glue if you have it and if you don’t, use hot glue!

wood growth chart

Grab your Tape Measure’r’. Lay it on the board. You want the bottom of the board to hit 15 inches. So the bottom of the board…the first mark will read 15 inches. You don’t need to start at zero! Mark with a pencil all the way up to 6 feet 3 inches. Unless you have an extra short or tall family.

I did one for a family whose husband was 7 feet 2 inches, so the bottom of the board was 20 inches and it went up to 7 feet 2 inches because the little boy had a good chance of being that tall too!!

wood growth chart

Then take a straight edge and mark the lines. Be careful not to smudge the lines that were just drawn.

wooden growth chart

For the 2,3,4,5,6 marks…draw the lines a little longer. It guides you to know where to stick the numbers.

wood growth chartHere is the vinyl info:

The font: I don’t remember, but any font will do!

4×4- Watch Me Grow!

2,3,4,5,6-2 inch numbers


Wood Growth Chart

Apply your vinyl.

wood growth chart

Another reason I love giving these…

When people move, they can take these growing memories with them.

Wall markings are hard to move:)

Wood Growth Chart

Attach your toppers with wood glue…I was still out of wood glue so I used my staple gun.

I wouldn’t use hot glue on this part or they will pop off after a while.

wood growth chartDone.


P.S. When you hang it, make sure you hang it at the right height, not from the floor.





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  1. That is the cutest one I’ve seen! I love it!

  2. Thats really good way to motivate kids about thier health and healthy eating!

  3. Very cute! I made these for my kids years ago and they are still hanging on their walls. Now I want a saw. Fun!

  4. Cheryl, this is super cute! I want to make one for my niece and nephew now.

  5. My kids would love to help me do this! And it’s the perfect idea for our study nook!

  6. YEAH! Thanks for letting us post today!!!
    You know we are huge fans of Tidy Mom!

  7. How cute! I love it.

  8. These are so cute! What a fun idea 🙂

  9. Great stuff. I really enjoy your site. Today’s cool growth chart really caught my eye. Before you know it they are grown and out of the nest. Thanks again.


  10. Really very nice!
    I’ve found how to make Wooden height chart starting from an Ikea’s guard rail!

    cheers! 🙂

  11. i have applied 2 coats of clear followed by 3 coats of white spray paint and i can still see through the paint. any suggestions on making it as white as yours?

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