I saw this craft somewhere online somewhere. (I’m terrible about that. I’m not on Pinterest – it would eat me alive – and I don’t bookmark everything, I just remember them.)
So… credit to whomever originally came up with the idea.
I’m an idea stealer.
I searched and found some on Etsy. $60.
So here’s my secret… If you have a wood burner ($15), a piece of 1″ x 6″ x 6′ lumber ($5), a computer, and some wood sealer or stain (I used leftover) you can make one yourself in an afternoon. That’s about $20 – if you have to buy the woodburner. For me, it was about $6 total!
First, find a font that you like for the numbers. I found one on my computer that looked the most like a traditional school ruler. I started my ruler at 6″ and went to 6′ 6″, since you’ll want to mount your board a few inches off the ground to avoid your baseboards.
I made my tick marks 1″ long all the way down the board. Then for every 4th mark, I extended them to 2″ long, and at each foot marker (where the numbers go) I made them 3″ long. See the placement for the numbers when tracing. I do ghetto-carbon-tracing, ie – scribbling pencil on the back of paper like in grade-school, then tracing through the front and the pencil transfers to the wood. 🙂Here’s what it looks like after marking all your lines, then woodburning all of them.Next step: Water seal or stain it to the color you want. I had some leftover Behr water sealer from our playhouse (Natural Color), so I used that. I loved the color. Very “school ruler-ish.”She wanted to test it out on the floor. (P.S. I can’t get over how pretty her eyes are.)
We hung ours here, between baby’s room and the living room doorway. Find a good place where kids can stand with their back to it… and where guests can see it!
And there you go! I found the easiest way to mount flush to the wall is put a screw at the top and bottom. No hangers, wires or strings. Just measure how far off the ground it should be, mark it, and screw it in. Done!