{Easy} DIY Children’s Growth Chart

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This might seem like an odd post for me, seeing as my oldest is 14 and 5’6″…yup, officially taller than me!  But, my kids love to hear stories about themselves when they were younger and to compare things like height and weight.  This is our third home and I have played around with some growth charts in our previous homes.  None of them stuck.  Actually, one literally kept falling off the wall!  But every year at their annual well-child check-up I would take note of their height and weight and {attempt to} scribble it into their baby books.

Over Thanksgiving, we visited some friends who had measured our kids on the inside of their basement door the day before we moved and then the two following Thanksgiving breaks.  It was so fun to see how much they had grown.  So, this post is dedicated to that friend!

I figured that I had a basement door that had no other function that to block out our {creepy} unfinished basement.  Okay, it’s not that creepy…anymore.

To give you a little perspective on where our basement door is, it’s right here on the right side of this picture:

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I didn’t start with a very pretty door due to many years of neglect.  I can’t find the before picture and you are better off as it was embarrassingly disgusting!   A little scrubbing, two coats of primer, and two coats of white paint and the door is no longer an eyesore.

A great blank slate…

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This project only took me 30 minutes and the supplies that I used are:

  • measuring tape
  • yard stick
  • ruler
  • Sharpie marker

The first step was to use the yard stick and draw a straight line up the center of the door.

I then had my daughter hold the measuring tape from the floor…make sure it is touching the floor and not resting on the bottom of the door!  I first marked off the feet…3, 4, 5, 6.  Yes, I fully expect my boys to get to 6 feet…and beyond!

And then it was time to dig out their baby books.  I realized at this time that I had not recorded certain years for some of my kids.  My goal is to get those heights from our pediatrician and add them to our chart.

I decided to chart each kid’s growth separate so that it would be easy for them to read and find their own heights.  You can see that I labeled each row with their name.


Even though my kiddos are all huge and beyond what some may think would be the growth chart years, they were really excited to see this.  And although they didn’t reach these milestones while living in this home, I don’t think that it matters.  It’s simply a fun little project that will make us smile each time we open this door.

How about you?  Do you record your children’s growth in any fun way?  I’d love to hear about it!


Leigh 🙂

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  1. Geka

    What a great idea and you have the perfect location! And if you move you can take the door with you!

    1. leighsn

      You are funny, Momma! xo

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