All parents look proudly (yet a little bit nostalgic) when they see how much their kid has grown. A wooden giant ruler can be a handy solution, it can even be a nice decorative piece, if you can mingle it nicely in the room.
So here we go:
A pine board is enough for our project. I’ve tried two types: a wider one to fit the names written horizontally and a narrower one, wide enough to fit the names written vertically. The first color was picked to match the walls color and the second one was a standard dark wooden brown.
After I sanded the boards and I beveled the edges, I stained them in their respective color. I then marked the lines, starting at 60 cm (kids are already taller so I didn’t need less than that): I placed a sign every 20 cm, then I marked the halves, and then tiny marks for each 2 cm. I then hand painted all the marks and the names with a contrasting paint (black paint for the green giant ruler and white paint for the brown growth ruler). After the paint dried well, I applied the protective layers: water based primer and water based clear varnish.
So, here are the results:
I attached the ruler to the wall using a hidden plate on it’s back and a screw in the wall. All i need is a permanent marker to write down the names. And it doesn’t matter if the kids change their rooms, I can move it anywhere they go.