DIY Rustic Growth Chart

This is probably one of my favorite projects to date and I’m pretty excited about finally showing it off! Meet my DIY Rustic Growth Chart.

DIY Rustic Growth Chart

I’ve been wanting to make my own Growth Chart for a long time and I can’t believe it’s finally finished. I’ve had the wood stained for over a month but was lacking inspiration. After browsing through a lot of growth charts, I landed on this one from Cozy. Cottage. Cute. I loved the contrast between the dark stain and the white and the distressed look. And then I stumbled upon this one from The Goods and was really loving the chevron pattern. I used inspiration from both of these charts and created my own version that used both the chevron, rustic flair and white and dark contrast.

DIY Rustic Growth Chart

I have a confession. This was my very first chevron project. Can you believe it? Where have I been. I wasn’t sure if I was going to like it at first, but I’m really happy with the final look.

DIY Rustic Growth Chart

To continue with the vintage and industrial look, I used Paper Key Tags as a way to document Miss E’s annual height. The nail marks the exact height. I wish I could take credit for this cute idea, but I can’t. I saw it on another chart but can’t find it again! Sorry!

Supplies Needed:

– 1 6ft board

– Minwax Dark Walnut Stain

– White paint

– Painters Tape/ X-Acto Knife

– Chevron Stencil (Optional)

– Electric Sander

DIY Rustic Growth Chart

Start with a piece of 6′ X 1″ X 5 ” piece of lumber. I couldn’t tell you what I used, but I always buy the least expensive :)

Give it 3 coats of Minwax Dark Walnut stain and let it sit overnight.

Make a chevron stencil. Using my Silhouette, I created a chevron pattern. I used this chevron graphic by Sarah Hurley and then ungrouped it so I could use just one section. I wanted the pattern to fit perfectly so I made the chevron pattern 6″ long so it went into 6′ evenly.

DIY Rustic Growth Chart

Cover the stained board in painters tape and make marks every 6″ to help guide the stencil.

Trace the stencil onto the entire board. The ends of the stencil should align with the top point of the previous pattern.

Using an X-acto Knife cut out every other chevron block. I colored in every other chevron block with a sharpie so I could easily point out which ones needed to be cut.

Remove the pieces of tape.

DIY Rustic Growth Chart

Paint 3 coats of white paint over the blue tape.  I used left over Valspar Dove White Paint from our trim.

Let it dry and then remove the tape. Just a tip, if I wasn’t planning on sanding this down, I would have been disappointed with how the lines turned out. Some of the paint bleed through and it definitely wasn’t perfect. I might suggest using Vinyl if you aren’t going to distress it.

Stencil on the numbers. I used my Silhouette to make my numbers. They are Baskersville Old Face font and 2″ high.

DIY Rustic Growth Chart

Let it dry over night.

For the record, I really like how this looks ‘before sanding’. It is really crisp and clean and I think it’s really pretty. You could totally stop here if you wanted to. But it just wasn’t the look I was going for. I really wanted a vintage industrial look.

Sand the entire growth chart using an electric sander. I used 180 grit paper and thought it worked well. I focused on the edges and tried to make it look naturally distressed by making it uneven.

DIY Rustic Growth Chart

Lastly, I picked up a pack of these Paper Key Tags to use as the marks on the growth chart. (You may need two packs depending on how many kids you have!)

DIY Rustic Growth Chart

You’ll have to stay tuned to see how I displayed it in my home. It’s rather unconventional :)

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Taryn is the owner/editor of Design, Dining and Diapers, a lifestyle blog that focuses on DIY home decor, design, seasonal crafts, easy recipes and just being a mom! She is all about making things for less by upcycling thrift store finds and using what’s on hand. Taryn lives in the greater Seattle area with her husband, 3 year old daughter and 1 year old son.

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  1. Jaime from crafty scrappy happy says

    oh my gosh I just LOVE this so so so much :) totally pinning and sharing…. really… you are SO creative I just love it!

  2. says

    I love this! I’ve been looking for a cool way to track the little ones’ growth that isn’t permanent. In case we ever move, I’d want to be able to take it with us. I really like the distressed look too. Great idea!

  3. says

    Love love love it! I bought the wood to make one a year and a half ago and still haven’t gotten around to it. I can’t wait to see where you display it!

  4. says

    I LOVE this Taryn! I need to make one for my boys too but didn’t want it to look too juvenile. This is perfect! I love how it looks like little arrows pointing up as they grow. Absolutely love the finish too!

  5. Born27 says

    Growth charts are so fun to start when your child reaches the age of one. By the time your child is seven or eight, they can look back at the growth chart and see how much they have grown over the years.

  6. Jenna says

    This looks sooooo great! Love the rustic chic look! And I really love the idea to use the paper key tags. Totally takes the growth chart up a notch. Great job!

  7. says

    This looks great!! I love it! If I didn’t already have a rocket ship one that his uncle gave him, I’d be making this one. Rarely do I see growth charts that I like. And I love this one!

  8. says

    I love this project, Taryn! I don’t have any kids yet, but when I do, I’m sure to make our own growth chart. So fun. The chevron design is beautiful. Just seeing the one section of the chevron makes a rather trendy pattern new and fresh. Awesome.

  9. says

    Great minds think alike, I made a kitchen sign that is very similar to this…and I have to say I look like a copy cat as our creations share a cosy corner at Not Just A Housewifes linky party. Your pics and tutorial have left me feeling very envious :)

  10. says

    I love it! I have been wanting to make one for a long time, its one of those projects that keeps getting put off, and now my guys are getting taller every day!

  11. says

    Oh my gosh!!! Loving this Taryn! Pinning NOW :) Wish we lived closer and could have late night crafting parties together… everything you do is something I want in my house! {little jealous of your genious actually!} This is my favorite growth chart I have ever seen. Thanks for sharing!

  12. says

    Well I can see why this is one of your favorite projects to date! It came out teriffic and I like that it isn’t all “charactery” like most kid’s growth charts:)

  13. says

    This is awesome! I love the rustic wood and chevron combo, and I just realized you bake gluten free as well! Have a wonderful weekend, hugs

    xoxo, Tanya

  14. Debra says

    It turned out good. I would probably nail the little tags to the board. I would be afraid they would get lost hanging loose in my home. lol :)

  15. says

    I just found you blog!! Im in love with arrows, I think we were channeling one another, I made a table with a arrow stain loving all your stuff



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