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Free DIY Growth Chart Ruler Cut File

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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! 


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!



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! Just click the download link below!

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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Friday 31st of July 2020

Thank you so much for sharing your growth chart ruler! But i'm having issues downloading it...any chance you can email it to me?

My husband is making fun of me because I've had the board ready for three months and haven't finished it yet!

Many thanks, Sabrina


Monday 25th of November 2019

Thank you for the cut file! Your ruler markings were exactly what I had in mind and saved me quite a bit of time. The growth chart turned out great!


Sunday 3rd of March 2019

What size board did you buy? 1x8 or 1x10? or did you cut it to size?


Friday 18th of January 2019

Can someone please help me? I have a Cricut. I downloaded the Silhouette software as some suggested and downloaded the file, but I can't for the life of me figure out how to save it as something else, either a PDF or in the pictures folders, as I read in the comments. I have a Windows computer. Thank you!

Dahlia Brown

Monday 12th of February 2018

Hi, I'm trying to add my kids names using the American Typewriter font. The link you shared isn't in a format that I can get Siloutte to recognize? Any leads. Thanks.

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