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Turn A Growth Chart into Nursery Decor

Watch your child grow with a special growth chart made by you. Make it with colorful paint and the adorable downloadable giraffe stencil.

Giraffe growth chart in kids' room

Project Overview

Skill Level


Estimated Time

1 weekend

Estimated Cost


Tools and Materials


  • 220-grit sheet sandpaper
  • Tack Cloth
  • Cabinet/door foam roller
  • 4” paint brush
  • 2” paint brush
  • 1” paint brush
  • 1/2” paint brush
  • 1/4” paint brush
  • Ruler


  • 1 x 12 x 8’ Select Pine, #1167 (optional)
  • 1-Qt. Interior/Exterior Latex Primer, #45547
  • First Kiss, #CI 220
  • Gone Bananas, #CI 233
  • Hang Ten, #CI 251
  • Very Black
  • String of Pearls, #CI 198
  • Hillman Group D-Ring Hanger, #264575(optional)

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Project Resources


Step 1

Paint the growth chart directly on the wall or make it portable by using pine board. If painting on the board, sand the board with 220-grit sandpaper and wipe it clean with a soft cloth. Next, prime the board using a foam roller. Allow board to dry for at least two hours.

Step 2

Paint the board or wall with First Kiss using a foam roller. Add additional coats as needed until the color is solid. Allow each coat of paint to dry completely before applying the next. Allow the board to dry overnight.

Step 3

Download the giraffe pattern. Follow the diagram to assemble the pattern. Trace the 5' giraffe pattern onto the pink wall or board using a pencil.

Step 4

detail of Giraffe face on Chart

Paint the giraffe silhouette in Gone Bananas using the 1" and 4" brushes. Allow to dry. Repeat with additional coats of Gone Bananas until giraffe is a solid color. Allow paint to dry completely between coats, and dry overnight after the last coat.

Step 5

Add the giraffe's eye in Ultra White. Recoat as necessary, allowing paint to dry between coats. Add the eyelashes, iris, and outline of the eye in Very Black. Finish the face by adding a nose and mouth in Very Black.

Step 6

Draw spots on the giraffe with a pencil. (The spots do not have to be perfect circles.) Fill in the giraffe's spots with Hang Ten. Apply additional coats as necessary to get a solid blue color. Allow paint to dry completely between coats.

Step 7

Use the 1" brush to finish the giraffe by adding lines for feet with Very Black. Using a ruler and a pencil, mark off inches, half inches, and quarter inches on the side of the wall or board. (The giraffe should measure 5' tall.) Paint the inch marks with Very Black.

Step 8

Giraffe growth chart in kids' room

If the giraffe is painted on a board, allow it to dry completely. Once dry, mount the board to a wall using the D-ring hanger.