Let me start by saying I have lived in 14 different houses since I was born. The first 9 were before I was 17, the last 5 have been since I got married. In each house we would stand against the wall and see how tall we had grown, and when we moved to a new house those marks would stay with the new owner. I decided I wanted something we could take with us if we move to a new house so I could always see how my girls have grown. I found this blog post on Over the Big Moon on how to make a movable measuring stick.
A wonderful lady in our church brought me over two 1×4 boards that are 5 feet tall. I had a bunch of small bottles of acrylic craft paint but not enough to do both boards with one bottle, so I mixed a red, pink, blue and white together to get a nice purple color. I painted the front and sides of the boards. I took a black paint pen and marked off 2-6 feet on the board (we hung it 1 foot off the floor) and put in lines for every inch.
After I printed letters onto scrapbook paper and cut them out. I mod podged them onto the board and put a layer of mod podge over the front of the board so it was all the same shininess. After it was all dry Stefan put a picture hanger thing on the backs of them and measured 1 foot off the floor and hung them up for me. I love them, and I love that each girl has their own. They are hung up in the playroom. Though I might re-do a couple of the letters because they don’t stand out very well and it has been bothering me, we will see if I ever get around to it.