People always say it’s amazing how fast children grow but it isn’t until I became a Mum that I realised how true it is!

Patrick has just turned 3 years old but is already so tall and I wanted a way to start recording his growth.

This DIY minimalist growth chart is incredibly easy to make and you could personalise it to suit your space, such as painting the face or decoupaging paper or objects onto it. You could get as creative as you like!

DIY minimalist growth chart

Items you will need:

  • Piece of wood (our is 140cm high x 18.5cm wide)
  • Black whiteboard marker
  • Stencil
  • Pencil
  • Measuring tape
  • Ruler
  • Eraser


1. Decide which side of the timber you will make the face of your growth chart (i.e. the nice side) and lay it down on a clean surface.

2. Use a pencil to make small marks along one edge of timber at every 1cm point. I made the lines more prominent at 5cm and 10cm as I knew I would make these lines longer.

Measure and mark

3. This growth chart uses 3mm dashes at every 1cm, 4mm dashes at every 5cm and 6mm dashes at every 10cm. To ensure these lined up properly, I measured these distances from the edge of the timber and made faint guide lines in pencil.

4. Next to each 10cm line, use your stencil to write the number (try your hardest to line up the numbers and keep a similar distance between the digits). Once you’re happy with the pencil outlines, use your whiteboard marker to write over the top.

Use stencil to write numbers

5. Once you’ve marked all the lines in pencil and you’re confident you haven’t miscounted, take the white board maker and go over the pencil guides with a quick, confident hand. If you hesitate or take too long, you may find too much ink comes out and it begins to bleed through the timber.

Mark cm
Markings on growth chart

6. Now all that’s left to do is tidy any visible pencil lines using an eraser and secure the growth chart onto the wall. You may just like to use double sided tape but my timber was a tad warped so I screwed it into the wall.

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DIY growth chart
Secure onto wall
Growth chart details

Photography of completed growth chart by Thorson Photography


  1. What a fantastic idea. Will definitely be a project I will tackle in the next couple of weeks. Also have to ask about the giant dinosaur on top of the bookshelf [any info would be appreciated as we have a grandson who is over the moon about them]
    Thanks Kerry


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