Wednesday, September 4, 2013

DIY Wooden Growth Chart

I've been meaning to make the kids a growth chart since they were about 3 & 4.  Now they are (in a few days) 9 & 10.  They've grown a bit since then.

Supplies:  Wood Stain, Decoupage & Brushes, Decoupage Paper Cut-Outs, 6' 1x6 piece of wood, soft cloth.
I started with a bright pink stain and decided to tone it down, so I applied the dark wood stain on the back of the wood and over the pink.  Hmmmm, not bad...
After patiently punching out all of the decoupage cut-outs, I cut the larger doilies in half and spaced the smaller doilies every 1 foot.
 I was impressed with the speed and ease of applying the cut-out doilies.
The large half circle doilies were placed on the opposite side of the board every foot starting at 6" (so the center of the doilie marked 6", 1'5", 2'5", 3'5", 4'5", 5'5").
The foam applicator I used for the dark wood stain was dry brushed over the top of the doilies for a slight antiquing.
Next, I hand painted numbers 1-5; marking off the 1' increments and then sanding them down and applying more dark wood stain for an aged look.  The entire board received another coat of matte decoupage.  Start-to-finish, this project took me 2 hours to complete.
I LOVE this new growth chart.  It doesn't go with my daughter's bedroom or my son's bedroom...but it does go with my bedroom!

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