Last Updated: July 27, 2017
Kids grow up fast. In any interpretation of the phrase, it rings true. Particularly in terms of their size. As toes start to hang over sandals and pants quickly become shorts, you wonder how the time could possibly fly by so fast.
That’s why we love taking photos of our kids: to document all of their little moments before they become big. For a unique way to display photos of your growing kids, try creating a DIY growth chart with family photo prints from the Costco Photo Center.
Family Growth Chart & Photo Collage in One
The family height chart has been around for centuries in simpler, less attractive iterations. If you’d rather not have scrawled pen markings or jagged carvings decorating your nice walls, this sophisticated version is right for you! The photo prints make it a charming way to visually see how your children have grown year after year and, because it’s a DIY project, you can personalize it completely to coordinate it with the style of your home décor.
Creating a DIY Height Chart
First things first: decide if you would like to make one chart for your entire family, or individual growth charts for each of your kids. Then, head over to your local lumber store or reclaimed wood supplier to get started.
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Choose the hanging method that works for you, whether it’s drilled into the wall, hung with sawtooth hangers, or attached with Velcro strips. All that really matters is that the height is accurate – the plank should begin 6” from the floor.
Adding Your Photos
Once you have your growth chart board created, it's easy and fun to add your family photos. Dig through your phone, camera or digital photo collection to find photos of your children – one per year, per child – and upload them to your Costco Photo Center account. Then, order photo prints in your preferred size and add them to the board with double-sided tape or pins. As the years go on, take a photo at every birthday to upload, print and add to the chart. Opt for the black and white filter to create a timeless, beautiful look.
This DIY photo project is one that grows with your family. As the kids creep up and cross the 5’ or 6’ lines and you find yourself wishing they were little again, you’ll be able to look back at each photo and remember what a wonderful time it was.