How to Make a Growth Chart

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Growth charts are amazing baby shower gifts and an adorable decoration for any little one’s bedroom.  Today I’m going to show you how easy it is to make your own with this growth chart tutorial!


1 1x10x6ft piece of common board

Chalk Paint  (whatever color you choose)

Paint Brush


Wood Stain 

Staining Cloth

Oramask Stencil

Transfer Tape

Cutting Machine

Growth Chart SVG

Screws and Wire



To start with you will want to sand down your piece of common board.  The better you sand the crisper your lines will be on your finished growth chart.  Once you have sanded you will stain the board (on both sides).  Just dip your cloth in the stain and wipe it on the wood.  Then go back and wipe off any access.  You can see the before and after the stain here:

Once your wood is stained and 100% dry (let it dry for at least 24 hrs) the real fun begins.  You will cut out the FREE ruler SVG design on the Oramask stencil.  Weed as you normally would (pulling out all the parts you want painted on your growth chart).

Then using the transfer tape, apply the stencil to the design.  The video at the bottom illustrates this clearly for you.  Once the stencil is applied you will paint.


Peel up the stencil when you are done painting and then apply the screw and wire on the back to hang it.  There you have it!  A beautiful growth chart to use in your own little ones room, house decor, or to give away as a gift that’s as easy as one, two, three.


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Check out this simple video tutorial below:


Disclaimer:   I was not compensated for this post but will earn a small % of each sale as an affiliate and all opinions are 100% my own.


  1. Ginny on July 3, 2018 at 5:30 pm

    How do you cut without a mat, probably a silly question. I have heard it voids the warranty.

    • MyDesigns on July 3, 2018 at 9:38 pm

      I haven’t heard that about voiding the warranty on the Silhouette. Just make sure to select no mat when cutting.

  2. Jen on July 3, 2018 at 9:30 pm

    May be a dumb question… but .. How do you cut that large of a size on cricut??

    • MyDesigns on July 3, 2018 at 9:34 pm

      I think with a Cricut you would need to split your design into sections and cut that way. I’m not 100% sure if you can cut without a mat on a Cricut. πŸ™‚

      • Michelle on March 4, 2019 at 3:44 pm

        You can cut without a mat on your Cricut… there are videos on youtube that show you how πŸ™‚ Looking forward to making this! Cant wait! Thanks for the inspiration!

        • MyDesigns on March 4, 2019 at 4:13 pm

          Awesome! That is good to know! πŸ™‚

  3. Julie on May 15, 2019 at 3:46 pm

    This is awesome! I recently just made my very first growth chart but wasn’t pleased with myself after a couple errors., but that’s how I learn.

  4. Candy Piecowye on June 17, 2019 at 9:31 pm

    Thank you for the free file. I was wondering how I could cut this on a crupicut? Or do you have a file created for a Cricut?

    • MyDesigns on June 18, 2019 at 11:16 am

      Once you open the design in Cricut Design Space you should be able to splice it into segments and piece them together πŸ™‚

  5. Celeste on July 31, 2019 at 2:09 pm

    Do you have a video on the settings to cut that large?

    • MyDesigns on August 1, 2019 at 2:43 pm

      I don’t have a specific video on specific settings yet… sorry!

  6. mtgirl161954 on August 16, 2019 at 8:24 am

    What size do you enlarge this to to fit the board? Newbie here and have never done anything like this before…thank you

    • MyDesigns on August 16, 2019 at 9:36 am

      I actually have the file saved at the exact dimensions for a 6 ft board. So if you need to adjust it just lock the proportions and enlarge as needed πŸ™‚

  7. Sherri Guerrero on September 5, 2019 at 7:36 pm

    Where do you buy your Oramask stencil

    • MyDesigns on September 8, 2019 at 3:21 pm

      I get it from Expressions Vinyl and I love it!!

  8. gina Lafroscia on October 26, 2019 at 7:52 pm

    I notice in your tutorial the ruler goes to 6 1/2 ft but in the supplies list you call for a 6ft board.Am I missing something?

    • MyDesigns on October 28, 2019 at 10:55 am

      When I applied it to the board I left an allowance for the bottom since the ruler won’t be hung directly on the floor πŸ™‚

  9. Megan Lowe on December 10, 2019 at 11:28 pm

    I was just wondering what font you used for the brooks family.

    Thank you kindly!

  10. Susan on September 24, 2022 at 12:59 am

    I’m having troubles getting my paint to stay on a stained board. I’m using latex paint and primer in one. Just lifts off when I peak my removable vinyl.

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