A Lovely Ruler Growth Chart That’s A PB Knock Off DIY

I love a good knock off from a high end store.  This DIY ruler growth chart idea was inspired by Pottery Barn.  Growth charts that are hung on the wall are great because if you move out of the home it moves with you.  Thanks to 517 Creations for the great knock off idea.

One sure way for our mailman to make my day is for him to leave a Pottery Barn, Pottery Barn Kids, or Ballard Designs catalog in our mailbox!  I love browsing through the catalogs, pouring over the pages, and circling items I’d love to buy if I had a million dollars.  But, let’s face it…I have Pottery Barn (and Ballard) taste on a Target budget!

To remedy this, I have started creating “knock offs” of some of my favorite items from the design catalogs.  One item that’s been in the Inspiration folder on my computer – doesn’t everyone have an Inspiration folder? – is the Pottery Barn Ruler Growth Chart.  Sadly, they don’t sell it anymore…but that didn’t stop me from creating a “knock off”.


Here is an updated post that answers more of the questions regarding making the growth chart, what pen I use, etc.

This project ended up costing me a little under $7, because I had most of the supplies on hand.  The only thing I had to purchase was a 1 x 8 x 6 board from Lowe’s.

I stained the board with Walnut stain, giving it 2 coats and letting it dry in between coats.  I brushed the stain on with a paint brush and then wiped most of it off with a rag. I wanted a vintage, aged look, so I wasn’t too careful with making sure the coats were even.


Images from 517 Creations.

For the full instructions visit 517 Creations.

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