Make a Tailor's Tape Growth Chart

Take note of your child's changes in height with a growth chart that's larger than life.

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Materials Needed:

  • 1/2" sanded plywood
  • 1/4" plywood
  • circular saw
  • pencil
  • carpenter's square
  • orbital sander
  • 120-grit sandpaper
  • measuring tape
  • 1" vinyl number decals
  • plain black vinyl decal paper
  • razor or utility knife
  • 12-14" dinner plate
  • 3" hole saw
  • drill
  • carpenter's glue
  • bronze or rust metal spray paint
  • 1.75" hole saw
  • varnish top coat in spray can or quart
  • paintbrush or mini roller
  • safety goggles

Prepare and Cut Length

Measure, mark and cut an 8-inch section, lengthwise, from a piece of 1/2-inch sanded plywood using a circular saw. Note: Always wear eye protection when operating power tools, especially those which include blades.

Measure and Cut Height

Use measuring tape to measure to 84 inches, then mark with a pencil and carpenter's square. Next, cut the 8-inch piece to length with a circular saw.

Sand Rough Edges

Use an orbital sander with 120-grit sandpaper to smooth any rough edges or corners.

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