Thursday, August 16, 2012

Under My Umbrella: Jute Growth Chart

Hey all!  It's Melinda from over at Under My Umbrella.  I'm excited for this month's theme of growth charts because it's been on my "to do" list for way too long.  My mother-in-law has this fantastic wall in her house where not only has she charted the growth of her kids but also all the grand kids.  She has told everyone when she moves she is taking that part of the wall with her.  I wanted my growth chart to have the possibility of not only personalizing it but to be able to move it and not have to take off half the wall :)  I love the ruler look of all the growth charts out there and started to do that when I realized I needed to change it up a bit (as I'm typing this I just heard a bang and then a little yell "I'm cleaning it up").  This is what I came up with...


There are a few things I would change up about this project if I did it again such as my board would be longer and a different type of wood but overall I like it!  Here are the how to's:  I painted my board an off white color.  After it dried I sanded the surface and edges.  When I started this project I was going to use vinyl for the side measurements and decided against it but it came in handy as a paper ruler.  I grabbed a roll of Jute and a glue gun and got to work.


I put a dab of glue on both edges of the board and wrapped the jute around the board using my paper ruler as a guide.  When I came to the 12 inch mark I wrapped it around 5x (keep using the hot glue so the jute stays in place).  Slide the paper ruler up as you work.   I cut out some numbers using 1/4 MDF.  I used the font PHARMACY.


I hot glued my numbers on and added my personalized tags.  You're done!  I think I could put this anywhere in my house and it would fit in.  It's also a fun conversation piece.


Thanks ladies for letting me craft along with you!  It's always fun to see the creative take each person puts on a project.   Make it a great day!!!


6 comments:

Krystal said...

Ok... Love the twine!!! It turned out so cute! I love the giant numbers too! It really turned out great. Nice job!

Candace & Nicole said...

Super cute Melinda! The twine and the tags are my favorite, great job!

Brandie said...

LOVE IT! The twine, tags, the numbers are just darling! I really like that it can work anywhere in your house and not look like it needs to be in a nursery.

Emilee said...

That's really beautiful! I've been wanting to make a growth chart for a while now and it's quite possible you've inspired me to get started. Of course I'll need a seven foot board and an extra number to accommodate my mutant children, but it totally looks doable!

Are you planning to hang tags for each of your kids' birthdays or just one tag each that moves to where they were last measured? I can see it getting kinda crowded with several kids involved... :)

Mandy Coffey said...

This is the cutest growth chart i've seen! i've pinned it


Mandy
www.smallfineprint.com

Jenny Ploeger said...

What a cute idea, and I love the twine! My readers will love this idea, we are cooking and create blog for our kids! I would love this idea linked up to our linky party -
http://www.fivelittlechefs.com/2013/01/fantastic-thursday-30.html