Ben turned one at the end of February and his first birthday meant our first chance to start making birthday traditions as a family! If you know me, you know I’m all about annual traditions, especially for special occasions like holidays or birthdays. But I also realize it’s hard to kick off a lot of the birthday traditions I had in mind because Ben is still far too young to realize what’s going on.
But that didn’t mean all tradition was lost this first year! I wanted to do something to get the ball rolling. I ran a few ideas past Matt and we decided one of the traditions we wanted to start for Ben’s birthday was to try and gift him something super intentional from the both of us.
Of course, there will be plenty of time to gift him toys and trucks and all the things that little boys love, but we wanted to challenge ourselves each year to also include one meaningful/intentional gift… which I’m sure will look very different each year.
DIY Growth Chart
- Wood Board (I bought this one from Lowe’s)
- Paint or Stain (optional)
- Permanent Marker
- Large Stickers (optional)
- Speed Square or Ruler
- 3M Command Strips
Prep The Board
Measuring and Marking
Then from there, mark the entire board in one-inch increments, making sure you keep tabs of where you marked the one-foot point.
Then, simply take a speed square (the best option) or a ruler (harder to keep the lines level, but it still works!) to extend these marks. I drew the foot markers 3 inches wide. From there, every two dashes should be 2 inches long and then the next one should be a longer one (3 inches long). Since that’s a little hard to explain, here’s what it should look like:
Making Your Marks Permanent
Hanging the DIY Growth Chart
Planning For The Future