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FREE Growth Chart Ruler Cut File

Here is a FREE growth chart ruler cut file that you can use to make a family growth chart of your own!

Add the vinyl decals to a board or directly on the wall to document your kiddos’ growth over the years!

These rulers make great personalized gifts too!

FREE Growth Chart Ruler Cut File!

FREE 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.

UPDATE: we’ve added another boy to the bunch!

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 for a sign.

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!


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 Growth Chart Ruler with Yearly Photos!

For our ruler, I used black Silhouette-brand vinyl.

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

How to Make a Growth Chart Ruler with Yearly Photos

Here’s my little man showing off his big 31.75″ self on his first birthday last year.

What can I say, I love my keepsakes, especially these baby milestone ideas and fun face doodles.

How to Make a Growth Chart Ruler with Yearly Photos

Family Growth Chart Ruler: 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!

How to make a growth chart ruler and FREE cut file!

Family Growth Chart Ruler: Many Years Later Update!

I’ve since moved this growth chart ruler again! Hooray for adding it to a board and not directly on a wall, amiright?

Now it’s proudly featured as part of our hallway family command center!

Hallway Family Command Center!

An Alice in Wonderland Growth Chart Ruler

Since making this growth chart ruler for my own family, I’ve also created one for my brother’s little girl!

This one was an Alice in Wonderland-themed growth chart ruler, and 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 sailor).

So I then reverted back to my original method and cut them out on two 12″ x 12″ sheets.

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).

Alice in Wonderland Growth Chart Ruler!

{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!}

You can also check out the corresponding Alice in Onederland (see what I did there?) first birthday chalkboard poster that I made for my niece’s big day.

Alice in Wonderland First Birthday Chalkboard Poster!

Helpful Hints for Using this Free Growth Chart Ruler Cut File

Here are some helpful hints for using the .studio3 cut file version in Silhouette Studio.

Since sharing that original file, I’ve tried my best to save it as a SVG but don’t use that format too often.

You might need to zoom out to see the file opened up, and may need to adjust the thickness of the lines to your liking.

I haven’t tried cutting out the SVG version, so these extra tidbits may or may not apply. ¯\_(ツ)_/¯

  • There are two versions of this cut file available:
    • A .studio3 file that can be used with Silhouette Studio
    • A SVG file that can be used with other cutting software programs
  • 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, 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 of vinyl, 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.

FREE Growth Chart Ruler Cut File!

Alrighty, now that we’re through all the particulars, here is where you can snag the FREE growth chart ruler cut file to make one of your own!

Just click the download graphic below and you’ll be taken to a Dropbox folder where you can download either the .studio3 or SVG cut file.

No preview will be available with the .studio3 format, but both files are able to be downloaded and opened.

Happy crafting!

Download this FREE printable and/or cut file from Where The Smiles Have Been!

{The Fine Print: These files are free for PERSONAL NON-COMMERCIAL 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, redistribute the file itself, or share the direct download link. Thanks!}

If You Enjoyed This….

Make sure you check out my Project Gallery for lots of other crafty creations, including more FREE cut files!

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Thanks so much for stopping by!

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Wednesday 17th of May 2023

hi, thanks so much for this tutorial - it's great! i'm usng the same font, however yours seems thicker! any pointers on how i can get the same effect? thanks!


Wednesday 31st of May 2023

Hi Apeksha! I would try a small offset to thicken the words!

Jennifer Thompson

Thursday 15th of December 2022

Thank you so much for sharing your growth chart download. It was so helpful and allowed me to make a ruler for my grandchildren.


Saturday 17th of December 2022

Awww, thank you so much for sharing this with me, Jennifer! I am so happy you found this useful and were able to make something special for your family! :)


Monday 25th of October 2021

Hi! I’m trying to download this but it is saying that the file doesn’t exist?

Andrea Meitzner

Thursday 4th of November 2021


I am having the same issue as Sharayah. It says the file doesn't exist.

Any help is appreciated!


Wednesday 27th of October 2021

@Sharayah, I'm having the same issue - were you able to get it eventually?


Monday 25th of October 2021

Hi Sharayah! I just checked the download graphic link and it worked for me just fine. Both file formats are there and able to be downloaded. The .studio3 version for Silhouette Studio will not have a preview shown, but it and the SVG are able to be downloaded and opened.


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!