First day School Pictures + Free Printables
I can’t believe the holidays are already over and its Back to School time again. I had a long list of things to do with my son during summer, but somehow summer ended before we could check all the things off our list!
Not that either of us is complaining. I love the extra time on hand for doing what I love i.e. crafting and planning parties. And my son loves going back to school so he gets to meet his friends and discuss Books and Music.
But before we get back to school, there’s one thing we do each year. We take the First Day of School pictures.
First Day of School Picture & Interview
Each year I take pictures of the first day of school for my son. Other than creating memories, it’s a great way of keeping track of his growth over the years.
I have tried different things each year to record this memory. From making printables to using an app on my phone, I have done it all. This time I did something that was on my list of DIY to do for a long time – A Wooden Ruler Height Chart.
It looks intimidating at first, but let me assure you it is fairly easy to make this Wooden Height Chart.
And once you are done with it, you will have a beautiful piece of furniture in your house which is both useful and timeless.
Supplies You will need for making this
- 6 Foot by 1-foot Plywood ( you can choose any other quality of wood too)
- Sandpaper and Wax Block
- Wood Primer or Wood Stainer
- Painter’s Brush
- Measuring Tape
- Mod Podge (optional if you chose to cut out and paste the letters)
- Height Chart Printable (optional)
How to DIY a Wooden Height Chart
1. Lay your plywood on a flat surface. First, rub the sandpaper over the entire plywood. After that rub the wax block on all edges and uneven corners. This will smoothen the sharp corners of plywood and fill in any unwanted gaps in it.
2. Apply a primer or wood stainer with a brush on the entire surface. You may or may not need another coat. If you do please wait at least for a couple of hours between coats.
3. Once dry, use a measuring tape to run along the length of your plywood. Secure it with sticky tape along your plywood so it doesn’t shake while you are making your markings.
4. You can use a pencil for marking the inches on the Wooden Board. If you are confident, then go ahead and skip the pencil and use a Sharpie straight away.
5. Decide the length of your markings. I chose the Foot marking to be strikingly longer and thicker than the half-foot mark. The inch markings between were even shorter and lighter.
6. You can draw the numbers with a Sharpie or you can use a big stencil and paint the numbers with acrylic paint. I printed the numbers and cut them out by hand for the Wooden Height Chart.
1. If you are using printed and hand cut numbers like I did, then use Mod Podge on the back of the paper and stick it in place. Now use another coat over it to give it a nice finished look.
2. You can also use the Height Chart printable and stick it on to the Wooden board.
3. I added a fun element to this Chart and printed our family’s height record and pasted on the wooden ruler.
That’s how easy it is to make. All you need to do now is record your child’s growth periodically. You can use a Sharpie or a pencil to do that.
Besides the Wooden height Chart, I used a lot of his favourite books for display, especially the Guinness Book of World Records.
I used left-over paper from school books to make some props like paper fans and paper planes.
We had a fun time with this year’s First Day of School picture and Interview ritual. If you would like to try something fun and easy, you can grab the First Day of School Sign and Back to School Interview here
For more Back to School Ideas and Free Printables