I mentioned to my friend, Emily, at the beginning of the week that I had this outstanding ruler growth chart project, saying that I had never stained anything before. She said staining was super easy, and I don't know what it was about her saying it that got me over the fear of messing up staining, but it did. So, the plank of wood got a couple coats of stain, and I also used my Silhouette to cut stencils for the numbers and lines.
I used a couple of tutorials as reference when I did this growth chart, but the one from 517 Creations more so.
Here's how mine turned out:
- I used a Sharpie paint pen for the lines and the numbers. I haven't sealed the wood yet, so I'll need to find something that won't smear the Sharpie paint pen when I do seal it.
- In retrospect, I think I would try cutting the stencil for the lines out of a thicker cardstock to reduce bleeding of the edges, or use pencil first and then fill-in by hand like I did with the numbers.
- I also used the Century font for the numbers, like the one from 517 Creations.
- I made my one-foot lines 3 inches long, quarter-of-a-foot lines 2 inches long, and all the other lines 1 inch long.
- I made my numbers about 3 inches tall, but I believe my plank of wood was also wider than the ones used in the tutorials, so it could accommodate taller numbers.
- Instead of starting my chart at 6 inches (i.e., meant to be hung on the wall 6 inches from the ground), I chose to make mine start from the ground so that we would just lean it against a wall to take height measurements.
- I placed each number 6.5 inches from the right edge and 5/16ths of an inch to the left of the one-foot lines.