So, I decided to pick something and do it. I picked this...
We used a combination of the tutorials here and here to make it.
Here's what you'll need:
- 6 foot tall piece of your favorite wood. We used Pine because its cheap. Also, our board was 9" wide because I thought 6" seemed to thin.
- Your favorite stain
- Sharpie markers (preferably brand new with a good tip)
- Framing Square
Bill took care of prepping the board. He got it cut to size, roughed it up, and stained it. Since I'm preganant I didn't want to be around the fumes.
When it was fully cured and didn't smell anymore, I got to work on the details. Using a square and pencil I marked the board at every inch. Then, I went back with my pencil and made the lines. The small lines are 1½" and the long lines are 3". Then, I went over my pencil lines with a Sharpie marker. I was doubtful that a Sharpie marker would look as good as paint, but it looks awesome and is much easier to work with.
Next, I made my own stencils for the numbers. The tutorials offer a few other methods for the numbers, but I was doubtful I had the necessary skills to make it look crisp and clean using their methods. I printed off numbers 1-6 in Times New Roman font sized to 250 on card stock. Using scissors I carefully cut each number out. I made sure to cut the number out in one continuous cutting motion, so there was only one entry point on the card stock. Then, I taped that off to make my stencil.
Lining it all up was a little difficult, as my stencils were not see-through. However, using the square, a few fixed points, and my eye I was able to line it all up pretty good. The bottom of each number is 5" away from the left of the board.
Once I had each stencil in place, I traced and filled it in with the Sharpie. I put two layers of Sharpie on each one, and ended up with a nice crisp, dark number.
Oh, and watch out on the 4 and 6. It was impossible to make a stencil that took into account the dead space in the middle of the 4 and 6. After I cut out each of those numbers, I saved the cut-out. Then, I cut the dead space out of each of those and taped the scissor entry point again. When I had my main stencil in place for these numbers, I fit the cut-out back in the original space and using a fine point Sharpie traced around the dead space. When I removed it I could tell where it was safe to color in with the thick Sharpie.
So, that's how we did it...and here's the finished product!!
I'm thinking I should probably seal it with something, but don't know with what yet.
Oh, and we tried to measure Madeleine, but she really did not want to stand up against it for some reason. We just had her 2 year old wellness visit and she was 33¼" tall. She's rocking the 25th percentile!!