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DIY Weekend Project: Functional Chalkboard Chart

Paint a decorative chart to keep track of your kid’s growth

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While we're used to monitoring the height of our kids by adding marks on the wall, this project will surely add a fun twist to it. Aside from being functional, it can serve as a charming wall accent, too!

How long this will take: One day

Materials:

  • Chalkboard paint (available in major hardware stores)
  • Stencils
  • Sticker paper or cartolina
  • Masking tape
  • Ruler or meter stick
  • Scissors
  • Medium-sized paint brush or roller brush

Crafts by Angeli Sobrepena. Styling by Issa Villar. Photographed by Miguel Nacianceno.

Read the original article ("Height Matters") in the March 2007 issue of Real Living Magazine. Download your digital copy of Real Living on the Real Living App (https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/real-living/id553158056?mt=8) now! Log on to summitnewsstand.com.ph/real-living for more details.  

Work on the stencil.

Divide the area to be painted into the three parts of the giraffe:

1. For the head: Print the pattern on sticker paper and cut it out.

2. For the circles: On your sticker paper, cut out four circles as big as a CD. Cut 12 smaller circles with an 8cm diameter.

3. For the neck: On your wall, tape two four-foot-long strips of masking tape vertically. Make sure they are about 10 inches apart. For this project, instead of positioning the masking tape parallel to each other, we tilted the strips so the neck is slightly tapered.

Painting the wall.

1. Wipe clean the surface of your wall.

2. Attach the head stencil above the diagonal strips of masking tape.

3. With your ruler, measure four feet from the floor. Mark every foot with red chalk. Mark every three inches with blue chalk.

4. Attach the circles between the masking tape strips – big ones to the red marks, small ones to the blue marks. These will serve as the calibration of your height chart.

5. Paint over the stencils. Allow the paint to dry in between coats.

6. When the paint has dried, slowly peel off the stencils. Now you can whip out your chalk and mark away.

Finished project

Tip: Chalkboard paint can be expensive – opt for a cheaper alternative: water-based latex paint in Thalo Green.

Enjoyed this project? You might want to work on this charming stencil project for your walls, too: https://www.realliving.com.ph/tips-and-guides/diy-project-a-charming-stencil-for-your-walls

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