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Moveable Measure Stick

I am SOO glad that our Family Measure Stick is moveable!  We have lived in 3 different houses since Nathan was born and it has been so great just taking it with us!
To make it we just got a piece of wood that was measured just over 3″ wide and is 5 ft tall.  The piece of wood that I got was already pre measured out 5 ft tall, but if you were having one cut you could have it be however tall you want to make it.  Just be sure to take into account the height of your baseboard.  I wanted our measure stick to go to 6 ft tall on the wall, so we just hang it a foot off the ground.

I then had my husband cut out a vinyl for our markings on the measure stick. But, I believe Lisa just painted hers on by hand.  I was just too lazy to do that where I had access to a vinyl plotter.

The boys love measuring themselves every six months or so!  Okay, I’ll retract that a little.  Jeffrey likes to copy what Nathan does, but only stand there about 3 seconds and then run off. Exhibit A:  Happy and Cooperative Nathan

Exhibit B:  Barely standing still and then running off Jeffrey!


At least I was able to get my hand at the top of his head before he ran off!

I mark the boys on separate sides of the yard stick, so it’s easy to compare their height difference at certain ages.  But, if you had more then 2 children, you could easily just use different color markers. To attach it we screwed it into the wall, at the 2 1/2′ and 5 1/2′ markings. Then, I took a black marker and colored the screws. That way you can barely tell!!
I wanted to share the vector file for the measure markings, so if you have access to a Silhouette or a vinyl plotter you can make yourself a Moveable Family Measure Stick!!  I’m offering it as an .ai or .eps. Also, we will be including a Free Vinyl Cutout of the Measuring Marks in our First Group Giveaway later this month!  So watch for that!  Have a great week everybody!
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Pam Dana

I am a wife and mom that is over the moon for family, traditions and fun! I love to share lots of printables, DIY's, kids activities and my families favorite recipes! I am married to my husband, Scott, and we have 3 beautiful children and together they are my world!
  • This is a great idea! I need one for my kids! I would love for you to link this up to my Monday link party!

    XO! Kathryn

  • Kristi

    Awesome idea!!! I need one of those as we are moving in a few weeks! I noticed with your new design that the full blog post does not show in my reader (I”m using Google). I see a few lines and then […]. Since I read lots of blogs, having them all in one place really helps! I’ve seen that with a few other blogs and I’m not sure why that is the case???

  • Thanks so much for this idea! We used to measure the kids on a door molding but then moved so we lost it. I will be making one of these soon.
    I would love for you to share this with my readers this week.


  • Pam

    Sorry, for leaving that detail off Laurel. We just screwed it into the wall, at the 2 1/2′ and 5 1/2′ markings. Then, I took a black marker and colored the screws. That way you can barely tell!!

  • Kira

    I love all the great ideas on your site. I read it using Google Reader and it use to have the full story, now I get the snippet. Please please please change it back to getting the full story.

  • I love this. I have been wanting to make one of these as soon as my daughter can stand, and I like the clean lines you used!

  • Holly B

    thanks again for a great idea. I just pinned this one to pinterest. I really need to transfer the faded markings on our door trim!

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  • You are awesome! I was just thinking this past weekend how I desperately need one of these and asap as my kiddies are growing like weeds! But I thought… what if we move? Thanks so much for sharing the files also!
    ~Jen @ frazzled five