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DIY Cute & Easy Growth Chart (under $20!)

Well. I’m addicted. hopelessly addicted. to pinterest. inspiration GALORE. & I have started to really get my hands dirty with fun projects! I kept seeing growth charts pop up in my feed & I knew that I needed to make one. BUT…they looked like giant yardsticks screwed into the wall and that just wasn’t my style. It was time to get creative. I wanted COLOR. I wanted CHEAP. I wanted EASY. & I wanted it to match caroline’s fun & quirky bathroom. I wanted to make it a family heirloom that will eventually include all of our extended family. It needed to be light & portable (because we still have 15 years of military moves ahead) and most of all…I wanted it to be really different & cute. So…this is what I came up with–all for under $20! Can’t beat that! I took a bunch of step by step pictures so you can follow along & feel free to ask any questions in the comments section & I promise to answer!

Everything is pictured, except the little paint brushes. I found the whiteboard at Lowe’s for $6 (+ 10% off for military!) Everything else came from Michaels.


STEP 1: Make a whitewash. I used a paper plate & added the paint, then enough water to make it a milky consistency. Brush a very light coat on the white board. Let it dry.


STEP 2: Using a ruler or tape measure, measure out your tick marks. I did one every inch & marked them with pencil. I made the foot markers a bit longer. & I made my chart 7ft tall, because I have a 6’5″ little brother…and I wanted him to be a part of this project too! If you only want it 6ft tall, just have them cut it at the hardware store for you. It’s free.


STEP 3: Paint over the pencil tick marks. I chose a simple 52¢ grey color from Michaels.


STEP 4: Now here is where you can either make it really simple or be fancy. If you need it to be simple: buy the number stencils at Michaels or Hobby Lobby. Both stores sell them. You could even buy vinyl numbers if you wanted to stay away from paint.

If you want to get fancy, you can cut your own stencils using your favorite font. I bought blank stencils at Michaels ($4 for three 8×10 sheets) and printed out my favorite number font (Euphoriogenic, free from dafont). Then I used a sharpie to trace the numbers that I printed on my computer. Then, using a cutting mat & exacto knife, I used the sharpie as my guide & cut the stencil out. All the numbers fit on one sheet. I drew a line through the middle of the numbers before I cut, just to make sure I’d have level placement on the board.


STEP 5: Place the stencil in the middle & tap tap tap with your stencil brush. Now, I am a pro at stenciling (caroline’s hot pink damask nursery was a labor of love) but this is super easy for a beginner. Here’s the trick: USE A DRY BRUSH. & by dry brush, I mean load it very lightly with paint. If you use too much, it will seep under the stencil & bleed. Lots of light coats are always better when you stencil. Thanks, mom, for teaching me that. Load it with paint, then tap it on a paper towel a few times. Then you are ready.


STEP 6: Decide how you want to mark the height of your kiddos. I wanted mine to look like a modern abacus, so I used another blank stencil to cut a stripe and a dot to lay over one another.

If you need this to be simple & you like this idea: use painter’s tape to mark off a line across & then buy a pre-cut circle stencil (also found at both Hobby Lobby or Michaels). You can definitely get creative on this step. A handprint in paint. A picture tacked to the board. A paint pen. All you need is some imagination!

& if you are looking for a really great way to keep a record of your kiddos milestones, be sure to check out the app Baby Connect. I track all of caroline’s growth information in there…& other medical essentials. It really is an amazing tool! Worth every penny!


STEP 7: Label the marks. I thought a paint pen would work great for this, but both of the paint pens that I tried were a giant disaster. So, I dug out some brushes from my stash (left over from all the art classes I took in college) and hand painted our initials & the date of measure. My grand idea is to have all of our family members in a different color (extended family will get a skinnier horizontal like to add some depth) and keep this going for years to come. I think it will be a neat visual reminder of the special people in our lives!


STEP 8: Hang your pretty piece of art! I am a girl who loves my power drill. I drilled four pilot holes (two top & two bottom) and attached it to the wall using drywall screws. I painted the tip of the screws white so you can’t see them. Ours is a foot off the ground.


Hm. this sure would look pretty in our lime playroom…matches styleberryBLOG!


Cheater cheater pumpkin eater! caroline is growing like a weed! SO BIG!



Have you made your own growth chart? How would you modify this to suit your taste? & as I promised above…ask anything you’d like in the comments section–I promise to reply if I missed something!:)


Despite days full of washing diapers & messy fun, Shawna is determined to make mommyhood a stylish adventure. Married to the military & mother to one feisty girl, she is a passionate DIYer & loves sharing how to make the complicated simple. Shawna talks creativity, style, food, decorating, green-chic living & mommyhood at styleberryBLOG, a daily-ish dose of something fab.
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Despite days full of washing diapers & messy fun, Shawna is determined to make mommyhood a stylish adventure. Married to the military & mother to one feisty girl and a snuggly little dude, she is a passionate DIYer & loves sharing how to make the complicated simple. Shawna talks creativity, style, food, decorating, green-chic living & mommyhood at styleberryBLOG, a daily-ish dose of something fab.

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  • Liz

    I love how you marked the height of each child – so creative! How did you handle it if both kids were the same height?

  • Nikki Hume Hunt

    So cute and simple. Just what I need. Just curious, how often did/will you take the kiddos measurements? Great idea about looking at pedi chart for past measurements since some of us are TERRIBLE at keeping up baby books 😉

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  • Christine

    So so adorable! Great job. Awesome ideas. I am going to try.

  • Missives From Suburbia

    Love this for all the reasons you said in your introduction. It’s got great style, it’s not too cutesie, and it’s portable, which is a big plus in our family (we’re on our fourth move in five years as I type–eek, I should go pack some boxes).

    Pinned it!

    • Shawna

      thanks for sharing it!!! :) & oof. that must have been a lot of boxes!

  • Vanessa

    I love this!

    I like your marks to record heights, very classic.

    • Shawna

      thanks, Vanessa! My little miss is in the 98%ile for height…who knows, she might take after her 6’5″ uncle! 😛

  • Ash Leppek

    Shawna this is so cute! I love your take on it and the great idea of using different colors for each person. A couple months back I got the urge to get a growth chart for Roweyn, and me not being the crafty thinker (and also a BIG procrastinator when it comes to crafts) I shopped online and ended up buying a canvas one that was already painted and ready to go. It’s super cute and has a tree/owl theme. But I’ve still been trying to figure out how I want to label it and such. It’s been hanging in her room for at least a month now untouched. I’ve definitely got some inspiration from this, now hopefully I can actually find the time to get going on it!

    Thanks so much!

    • Shawna

      awesome!! & don’t stress. you can always use her height from the pediatrician to mark it! :)

  • The Prairie Hen

    Dear Growing Family,
    OH! Love it! You did a beautiful job making this project your own!

    My husband’s grandmother has a doorway that has been used for years by countless grandchildren and family friends to document their height. It is a lovely walk down memory lane to check out how they grew!

    Only Growing Wider in NE

    • Shawna

      thank you! :) Oh, how I miss living in Nebraska! Have some of that delicious corn for me!