I hated the idea of spending at least $50 on the cute canvas ones on Etsy. I thought about painting my own canvas one, but I'm not that skilled. I saw a wooden ruler one on Pinterest and decided to put my own spin on it to match Nugget's space themed nursery
When Hubs was at Home Depot buying the wood for my race medal holder I had him look for something for the growth chart. I wanted something that was 3 feet high, by about 6 inches wide. All they had was 6 feet by 6 inches, so he had them cut it and bought that (yay for a back up piece of wood in case I mess up).
I bought letters at Hobby Lobby as well as wood decorations to give it the look I wanted. The letters I bought, in hindsight, were a big large and I probably should've gotten smaller ones. Also, in my opinion, Hobby Lobby has the best assortment of pre-painted wood decorations (animals, flowers, shapes, etc) and they're only 69 cents.
Here's what you need:
1 piece of wood. Size depends on how tall, but I wanted mine to go from 2'-5' so it's 3'x6"
Sawtooth picture hanger
Then I nailed in a sawtooth picture hanger.
The wood was $6 (which I have 2 pieces, so would be great if you have 2 kids)
Letters were $1 each
Pack of wood stars $3
Wood spaceship and UFO - .69c each
Paint - already had but is less than $1
Sawtooth picture hanger - already had, but can't imagine it's more than $1
So it cost me less than $20 to make and the only thing that took a while was waiting for the paint to dry.