Free DIY Growth Chart Ruler Cut File

Last year, just before my son turned one in June, I made a life-sized growth chart ruler to document not only his growth at each successive birthday, but also that of any other children we may have.  The ruler also serves as a sort of living family photo collage since we add pictures of all of us as well…..gotta love multi-functional decor!

It was one of my very first projects using my Silhouette Cameo, and my first time ever using vinyl or staining wood.  It’s still to this day one of my favorite things I’ve ever created, and it looks just lovely hanging in our home.

Well, since sharing my tutorial last summer, I have had a ton of people reach out and ask me for the cut file….and just because I love you all so much (the best readers in all of blogland)….here it is!  Enjoy!

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Free DIY Growth Chart Ruler Cut File!

How to Make a Family Growth Chart Ruler with Yearly Photos

If you’d like to see the complete tutorial for how I made my family’s growth chart ruler from start to finish, check out all the details here!

How to Make a Family Growth Chart Ruler with Yearly Photos

 

Here’s my little man showing off his big 31.75″ self on his first birthday last year.  I can’t believe it’s almost time for his age two measurement and picture!  {sniffle}

How to Make a Family Growth Chart Ruler with Yearly Photos

 

Year 3 Update!

And here’s our updated family growth chart ruler a few years in!  Rowan just turned three (and we happened to move into a new house earlier this year), so we’ve added a couple more pictures!

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Free DIY Growth Chart Ruler Cut File!

Alrighty, now you can snag the FREE cut file to make a growth chart ruler of your own!

FREE DIY Growth Chart Ruler Cut File! | Where The Smiles Have Been

>>>>Click HERE to download the FREE Growth Chart Ruler .studio cut file!<<<<

The Fine Print: This file is free for PERSONAL USE ONLY.  That means you are free to make things for yourself or as gifts, but you may not sell anything you create with this file (completed boards or vinyl decals, etc.) or redistribute the file itself.  Please check out my Policies page for more information.  Thanks!

 

Some Helpful Hints for Using this Cut File:

  • It measures from the 6″ mark up to 6’6″ and is designed to be used on a 6-foot long board that is hung 6″ from the floor (that’s a lot of sixes!).
    • You could also skip the board completely and hang the vinyl directly on a wall or door instead (I would use semi-permanent vinyl such as Oracal 631 so it doesn’t damage your interior in case you ever need to remove it).
  • Make sure you keep the cut style to “Cut Edge.”
  • I use the default Vinyl cut settings but decrease my speed, usually to a 4 or 5, but do a test cut first.
  • If you want to use a different font for the numbers (the one I used for my family’s is American Typewriter), just ungroup the sections, delete the default numbers, and add your own….then resize and/or align them as needed.
  • The file is set up to be cut as two 12″ x 12″ sheets, but you can absolutely move the sections around and align them to be cut on any size vinyl sheet/roll you have, or even as a single 6′ long strip.
  • This is a Version 2 .studio file that can be used with Silhouette Studio (Versions 2 or 3).

 

I used Silhouette-brand vinyl and found it easier and more cost-effective to cut the ruler markings out on two 12″ x 12″ sheets, then cut the sections into individual strips and apply them one at a time.

How to Make a Family Growth Chart Ruler with Yearly Photos

 

When I made my niece’s Alice in Wonderland-themed growth chart ruler, though, I first tried cutting the markings out as one 6-foot long piece (I suddenly became very adventurous with my vinyl).

However, since I don’t yet have a roll feeder for my Silhouette, the vinyl started shifting like crazy and I wasted a bunch of vinyl, time, and patience (not to mention let out more curse words than a drunken trucker).  So I then reverted back to my original method and cut them out on two 12″ x 12″ pieces.

Below you can see what the markings look like with a different font for the numbers (this is a combination of Alice in Wonderland and Alicia Wonderland).

{Sorry, not the best pic, I know, but it’s the only one I have….and of course it’s an iPhone picture snapped in a basement with terrible lighting!  If you’d like to check out that first birthday chalkboard poster I also made, click here!}

Alice in Wonderland Growth Chart Ruler | Where The Smiles Have Been

 

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About Christine

I'm Christine, a SAHM to a spunky blonde, blue-eyed two-year-old boy and married to the best guy you'll ever meet. We live our lives in the Deep South, and I spend my son's nap times getting my craft on. I blog at Where The Smiles Have Been about my adventures in craftiness, DIY decor, Silhouette projects, and life as a new mommy.

Comments

  1. I just bought my silhouette cameo the other day and this will be my first project! I just bought my board and will stain it tonight and tomorrow I shall cut out all the pieces.. exciting. Thanks for sharing this free file! You rock.

    • Hi Jessa! I’m so happy to hear you’re going to jump right in with this project! This was my first major Silhouette project too, and my very first time using vinyl. Best of luck to you! :)

  2. Michele Simmonds says:

    Hi I only have the silhouette portrait could you tell me if the markings will fit that please

    • Hi Michele! You can still use this file with the Portrait, you’ll just need to adjust the elements to fit the size of your cutting mat since you have a smaller cutting area than the Cameo.

  3. Melanie Legler says:

    I love this!!! what I need to know is how do you hang this? What did you use on the back to hang it on the wall? TIA

    • Hi Melanie! I used some Command strips. There’s more info and links to the exact ones on the post with the tutorial for how I made the actual board.

  4. I have made the mini polaroid frames, but am not sure what size to make them. What size worked best for you?

  5. hello i have been looking for this want to make for my kids for xmas gifts… i am using cricut and my computer wont let me open your silhouette file I need an svg file can you please email me a svg file of your creative ruler stencil

  6. Christine,
    Thank you so much for sharing your file. I love it, and am in the process. However, my board is longer, and I need a 7 and an 8. What font are your numbers?

    • Hey Lori! Glad you like this file! The font is called American Typewriter and there’s a link to it above in the “Some Helpful Hints for Using This Cut File” section. Good luck!

  7. This is EXACTLY what I needed! I was just about to make my own, and I found yours! Thank you so much for taking the time to make this and for generously sharing it with all of us!

  8. Any chance of getting that file as a JPG or PNG?

    • Sorry Vickie, but all I’ve got is the .studio file. You can download the free Silhouette Studio program and convert the file to PDF then try and use it.

      • Thank you for the information. I have a Cricut but I downloaded the Silhouette Studio and then, when I uploaded your file, I used the ‘Snipping Tool’ (from the ‘Accessories’ folder on my computer) and saved the image to my pictures.
        I could then just upload them to Cricut Design Space and carry on as usual.

  9. Hi! I’m sorta new with my machine and cannot figure out how to get it to print the left side with the 1, 5 and 6. I got it to print the right side but can you tell me what to do now? Thanks for sharing this file!!

    • Hey there, Aubry! By print, do you mean cut?? If so, make sure you have the cut lines turned on for that section. If you are actually printing out the pieces, I’m not really sure what the problem is (sorry, I’m so not techy). ;) Maybe try moving it to another part of the paper?

  10. Scrapbooking Maria says:

    Do you happen to have an SVG file for this growth chart that you can email me?

  11. Do you have an ETSY shop or online store where these decals can be purchased? TIA.

    • Hey there, Jill! Nope, sorry but I don’t yet have a shop set up at this time. It’s my goal to try and start one this fall once my son starts school. I know there are plenty of other sellers on Etsy that sell variations of these growth chart decals though.

  12. Jennifer says:

    Thanks, Christine for the file. What are your thoughts on using the nesting feature to save vinyl for this project?

    • Hey Jennifer! I haven’t yet upgraded to Version 3 yet (tried it right after the release last year and it was an epic fail), so I haven’t been able to use the nesting feature yet…but based on Silhouette’s recent security announcement, looks like I’ll be having to update by 6/23! So to answer your question, I don’t know! :) It would probably work, I would just want to make sure each foot segment stayed together so you will still be able to apply the ruler in sections (I hope that makes sense!). If you try it out, let me know how it works! :)

      • Jennifer says:

        Ok, thanks for your response! When I’m peeling the vinyl from the mat, all of the tick marks are coming off. What is your trick? Do you weed this before taking it off the mat? Thanks again.

        • Hey Jennifer! What do you mean? Is the blade cutting all the way through your vinyl, even the backing, and the marks are staying that way? Or is the blade not cutting all the way and then they’re peeling up with the rest of the excess vinyl as you’re wedding? If it’s either of those, adjust your cut settings until you find the right ones.

          I always weed after taking the vinyl off the mat. I’ll trim away and save whatever I can, then weed. Sometimes if my mat is super sticky, I’ll flip it over and pull the mat off the vinyl instead of the vinyl off the mat (I hope that makes sense). That will sometimes help prevent the vinyl from being warped, creased, or getting bubbles. Hope this helps!! :)

  13. Thank you so much for sharing the file!! I can’t wait to make my ruler!

  14. Thanks for sharing the file. I have just stained my board and now getting ready to cut my vinyl. I had plans on making little arrow markers with the years and cutting them in 3 different colors for each of my kiddos. I see that you had already done that, would you mind sharing that file with me? Thanks so much!!

    • Hey there, Brooke! I’m glad to hear you’re well on your way to completing your own grown chart! I apologize but I’m afraid I won’t be able to share the file with the age arrows….I’m planning on starting a business (hopefully in the not-too-distant future) and will be selling items with that file. I hope you understand. Thanks for stopping by!

  15. yay! thanks for posting – i’m off to make it now :)

    • Awesome, Jane! Please let me know if you have any issues with the file (I’m so not techy, haha), and I’d love to see your final creation! :)