Wall Measuring Board

I’ve been seeing the wall measuring boards it seems like EVERYWHERE lately, but they always seem pricey. When I was back in Michigan visiting family a good friend of mine, she had one on her wall and it looked great. She said her hubby had whipped it up for her. There are many variations for this project you can search online, but here’s how I went about doing it.

Cost: $25

  • 1″ x 6″ x 6′ piece of wood.
  • 1 sample size can of stain (I used Varathane “Summer Oak”)
  • 1 sample size can of polyurethane (Varathane “Semi-Gloss”)
  • Sand paper (120 and 220 grit)
  • 2 cheap paint brushes (I picked up some from the dollar box)
  • Exacto knife
  • 1/8″ Cosco Art Tape (black)
  • 1/4″ Cosco Art Tape (black)
  • 1 package Cosco 1″ Peel and Stick Numbers
  • Drop cloth
  • Pencil
  • Old rags


  1. Start by prepping the board. Look it over and decided on what seemed to be the best side for display.
  2. Sand the board with the 120 and then 220 grit paper. After sanding, use a vacuum to hose/brush off any dust. You could also use a cheese cloth to wipe excess dust off.
  3. Apply a coat of the stain to the board with the paint brush. Wipe off excess with an old rag quickly.
  4. Use a tape measure to mark 1″ increments on the board. (Double check to make sure they are evenly spaced.)


  5. Decide how high to hang the board off the ground. I decided I would hang mine 6″ off the ground (above the molding). Therefore the bottom of my board actually represented 6″.
  6. Cut the 1/8″ art tape in 1″ strips and the 1/4″ tape in 1 1/2″ strips. Use the larger/longer tape for the foot markings. Center the tape on the marked lines.Tape
  7. Using an exacto knife and trim up the edges of the tape and make sure they are straight and centered.
  8. Add numbers for the foot markings. Again, check with a tape measure to ensure the markings haven’t drifted.
  9. Seal the tape/board gently with polyurethane. Allow the first coat to dry and then add 2-3 more coats.
  10. After the board is fully dry, mount according to your specified height.

    I hope you enjoy this measuring board with your kids. Our daughter loves to see how much she is growing! We probably measure once a week and talk about how good foods help her grow bigger and stronger. It has turned into a great teaching tool.



Here’s our growing little peanut!