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As soon as your little one is born you are forever tasked with keeping track of weights, lengths and all sort of quantitative stats. One way to capture this future growth is with a growth chart. And since you can’t be 100% certain that the home you bring your little one home to is your forever home, consider a portable growth chart approach so you can bring it with you wherever you may live. Follow along to see one farm design portable growth chart made with animal silhouettes and a whitewashed background.
Portable growth charts are not a new thing for me to feature on this blog.
I’ve already shared the hot air balloon and under the sea styles I made for my girls and the construction truck version painted for my sister’s name reveal. Recently I gifted a farm design one for a long time friend who was expecting her first child, a little boy!
I once again opted to use my Deco Art Premium Acrylic paints after having such a great painting experience with them for the girls’ watermelon canvases. This paint goes on smooth and dries pretty quickly which is great for this busy mom who doesn’t have time to watch paint dry!
After Derek cut, sanded and primed the wood it was all mine to decorate! I create a light grey create base and covered it with a whitewashed style layer. To add this layer I added water to some white paint, painted it on and wiped it off with a paper towel. Tip: raise your wood base off the ground if you plan to paint the sides. This stops it from sticking to the bottom.
Once dry I got to work sketching out my design in pencil. I downloaded some animal shapes and used this method to transfer them onto my wood shape. Ruler marks were added along the side with a measuring tape stretched out.
When I had time and knew I’d have a steady hand, I started to paint on my design with the grey paint and three different sized brushes.
No sealant is necessary on this project as you want it to be easy for the parents to mark their child’s growth with a pencil, pen or marker.
This DIY portable growth chart with a farm design came together in just a matter of days and I know will be used for years to come in a certain loved little farmer’s room!
While this little guy wasn’t due until January, he made is appearance just a few days ago! I can’t wait to meet him!