Tuesday, January 21, 2014

DIY {Portable Growth Chart}

During baby's nap time, I find I have some spare time to do other things like read and create. Recently, I've been working more on creation and found there are many neat things on the web that I can make for loved ones. I found a DIY project - a portable growth chart - I could make for my baby on Whipperberry. It's a great idea for families like ours who are in limbo and will be moving around a bit longer for work, grad school, etc. This way, we are able keep track of our baby's growth over the years on something like this simple chart and take it with us wherever we go next. I plan to make this an annual measurement event for Boston and use it for years and years. I hope he gets excited!

Materials:
  • Jute Webbing [Joann for $0.79/yard (3 feet). I got 2 yards and 2 in.]
  • Sharpie
  • Key Tags (Joann for )
  • Large Safety Pins
  • Measuring Tape
  • Stencil
  • 3 thumb tacks or 1 large grommet

1. Using the stencil, write out the name of your child from the top of the jute webbing.


2. Tape down the measuring tape from 1 in. to 12 in. on a flat surface and begin marking every foot in large print (I free-handed, but you can use a stencil). I went up to 6 ft. Height doesn't really run in our families, but one can dream… haha

3. Mark in every inch in smaller print from bottom to the top of the webbing.



4. Then add key tags for different milestones. Because Boston is so little, I am putting in measurements from his doctor visits like 2 months, 4 months, 6 months, etc… after a year it'll be annual.

5. Hang it up with three thumb tacks, evenly placed apart. Or if you have a grommet tool, you can grommet the top and nail it to the wall.



You can easily put this together as a kit for someone's baby shower. It's an idea for a super easy and thoughtful gift. Let me know how your's goes!

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