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As a Disney lover, we have always measured the Goof’s height by what rides he can do, or which ones he is aiming to be able to do next. I have always thought how fun it would be to have that be a growth chart. Finally, while deciding how to decorate the twins nursery, I decided to finally make my idea a reality. These are pretty easy to make, and are so much fun. I figured most Disney lovers measure their kids based on ride height requirements, so I want to share how we made this DIY Disney growth chart with you.
You can use MDF board to make your growth chart (find at the hardware store) but we already had a 1×12 that was 8 feet long, so we chose to use that. We cut it down to 6 1/2 feet, sanded it and painted it a very light yellowish color.
After the paint dried, I went to mark my board. We decided the board would hang 6″ off the ground so I marked every inch up to 6′ (which was 5’6″ of markings). I also marked all the height requirements for Disneyland Resort (which you can find here). Remember to mark it 6″ lower than the height limit if you measure from the bottom of the board.
I made the foot markers 1 1/2 inches long, the 1/4 foot markings 1/2 inch long, and the half foot markings 3/4 inches long. Ride height requirement marks were 1 inch long.
Next, I printed a quote for the top of the board and the ride names. I chose to use the quote “Disneyland will never be completed. It will continue to grow as long as there is imagination left in the world.” I decided to start the quote with the words “continue to grow…” I want my children to grow up but never lose their imagination. I went into printshop and designed the words how I would like them to lay out on the growth chart.
For the ride names, I did my best to find a font that matched the ride signs. If you aren’t super picky, you can just do them all in the same font. Honestly, I am not sure you can tell much of a difference on the finished product. I used around a 32 pt font. I would have loved to go bigger, but some height requirements (40″ for example) have a ton of rides.
Next, I printed all of these out. I used carbon transfer paper to transfer the designs onto the wood.
I chose to lightly tape down the transfer paper, but then I moved around the list of rides as needed. That helped save on paper when printing.
Next I used paint markers to fill in the text and quote on the board. I also used them on the markings, and the numbers for the feet.
Finally, after everything had dried, I erased anywhere the carbon transfer paper had left marks. Then I sprayed the board with a sealant and let it dry.
We attached hangers on the back. Be sure to measure to an exact point on the board. We used the 6 foot marker. This will make it easy to hang it on the wall where you need it. We can now just measure 6 feet up and put in our nails/screws.
We still need to do some rearranging before we hang ours up, but I couldn’t wait to show you this project so we leaned it up against the wall to get some pictures for you.
What do you think? Will you be making one? Will yours be Disneyland or Walt Disney World themed?