Today’s project took a looooot of effort on my part. I painted, measured, painted some more, and drew the inch marks on the chart, but that’s not what I’m talking about. I really, really wanted this DIY growth chart to be a craft that the girls participated in and could own, but it was a hard one for me to let go. You see, I’ve seen all these darling growth charts on Pinterest and Etsy and that was what I wanted. But I decided my girls having this project be theirs was more important. So I painted the vine, made a flower at the top, and let them go.
They drew some flowers, made some designs, wrote some letters, and H even wrote her name. When I first saw it (they did their part while I was putting D to bed), I was disappointed. This is definitely not an Etsy-quality growth chart. But now, as I sit here in the quiet with the chart leaning against the wall, I can almost see myself as an old woman, looking at this growth chart and remembering H and M coloring it. I’ll cherish it far more than I would ever have a perfectly painted chart.
This is my encouragement for you today. Let go. The crafts you do with your children don’t need to be perfect. If you argue with them over what they’re drawing or how they’re painting, neither of you will have good memories of doing crafts together. If you let them go, you will. They will. And that’s what’s so important.
DIY Growth Chart
Preparation time: 30 minutes (plus a couple hours drying time)
Project time: ~20 minutes
Project cost: $$$ High (Although it can be low if you have a few key items laying around your house. We did!)
Parental involvement: High
Inspiration: DIY Growth Chart from A Glimpse Inside (Ours looks nothing like this, but you get the idea anyway.)
- 1″x3″x5′ board (Yes, the graphic says 2″. It’s wrong.)
- White paint (I used some that was leftover from painting Baby D’s room)
- A Measuring tape
- Green acrylic paint
- Paint the board white. This took a couple coats, so there was some drying time in there.
- Use the measuring tape to make tick marks down the edge of your growth chart. Be sure you don’t start at 1″ since you probably won’t be hanging your growth chart flush with the floor.
- Paint the green vine all the way up the chart. This is optional, but I like it. It makes it look like all the coloring (scribbling) is supposed to be something instead of just there.
Step by step instructions:
- Show your child how to draw a flower with a sharpie. I made the flower at the very top because I figured it was the most important. I also made a few other flowers down the vine.
- Let them go! They may try flowers at first, but will soon tire of that and want to draw other things. Remember…it’s okay! You’ll cherish those drawings later.
If you decide to make this DIY Growth Chart with your child, be sure to come back and tell me about it! Take pictures and share them on my Facebook sharing post! I’d love to see what you and your little ones are making together!
This post is part of my 31 Days of Easy Crafts for Kids series. Be sure to check out the rest of the crafts I’m doing this month!