I started by staining the piece of wood with the stain mixture of vinegar and steel wool. I used regular and balsamic to give it a nice dark color... I think I may have even added some coffee grounds. I had to let this mixture sit for a few days before we used it. Then after I applied two coats, it was just the effect I wanted. Then we measured off 6 inch blocks and then painted every other white.
Next we traced out the stenciled numbers and then painted them in black. Thanks for Kacee for the extra help! :)
Next I just used a carpenter's square, measuring tape, and a sharpie and wrote on the lines every inch.
The measures on the board actually start at 6 inches cause I wanted to be able to hang it 6 inches up on the wall. But until it got hung if you measured yourself with it, you gained 6 inches in height!
Then I wrote the kids heights on from age birth, 1 yrs, 2 yrs, and the height they are now.
I wanted a final touch of adding the verse Luke 2:52 "And Jesus grew in wisdom and stature and in favor with God and man."
Tada!!! I love how it turned out!