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11 April 2012

DIY Metal Tabbed Height Chart

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You've all seen the fabulous ruler height chart from Pottery Barn, right?  You know the one everybody and their mother has ripped off to make their own.  In fact, the DIYers DIYed it so much, that Pottery Barn took the product out of rotation.  You can no longer buy it - you MUST make it for yourself...

Pottery Barn Ruler Growth Chart
Well, I wanted to make a version of the chart, but didn't want it to look exactly like everything else out there.  SO, I took a few of the little round metal pieces leftover from my MOON PROJECT, and used them to create little personalized tags.  I simply punched our names, ages and the year into the circles and gave them a couple coats of spray paint.  You could use whatever colors you want -- I used a gold, salmon and bronze.

Forgive the glare on the gold!
My favorite thing about this chart is the tactile quality.  I love when you can feel the letters on a gravestone or feel the carvings in the doorframe on classic height charts.  The only problem is that those door frames cannot easily come with you to the next house.   I wanted that tactile quality for my height chart, and the punched letters and metal pieces do the job, but the piece is removable so it can come us if we ever move.

For the board, I took a scrap piece of wood in the garage, some leftover redwood stain and that was that.  Easy enough, right?

I attached the tags to our current heights and each year I plan to either add new tags or perhaps burn lines into the wood to show the height progression.


Now the only problem?? 
 I'm kind of starting to like THIS version from Pottery Barn a bit better now...



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7 COMMENTS:

Cassie @ Primitive & Proper Wednesday, April 11, 2012  

i love that! what a clever idea!

Casey Wednesday, April 11, 2012  

Oo! I like your's much better! Very nice. You wouldn't even know it's a growth chart!

Thrifty Military Mommy Wednesday, April 11, 2012  

That looks great!

allenaim photography and design Wednesday, April 11, 2012  

Thank you thank you darlings!

Melissa @ Loving this {crazy} life! Thursday, April 19, 2012  

What a great idea!!! Love it!!! So nice that it can fit into the decor of your home without sticking like a kiddie one would.

You should link up to my party with this one: http://lovingthiscrazylife-melissa.blogspot.com/2012/04/its-piece-o-cake-linky-party-3.html

Melissa @ Loving this {crazy} life! Thursday, April 19, 2012  

Thanks for linking it up! I know others will love it as well!

allenaim photography and design Thursday, April 19, 2012  

Sure thing!!

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