I then used a tape measure and marked every inch up the left side of the board using a pencil. I made the lines 1″ long. (Make sure your measuring device is accurate! I was initially using a ruler that wasn’t completely accurate and it resulted in a lot of erasing!)
This is a very important step! If you don’t want your board starting from the floor (think about baseboards) then you will want to account for that empty space. I decided to hang my board 6″ off the ground, so I began marking my board at 6″ from the bottom of the board, making the total height 6′ 6″ once hung.
Using a black sharpie, I then went over the 1″ lines, and also extended every third line to be 2″ long to make it look more like a ruler. I also extended every line that marked a foot to 2.5″ long.
I then taped my stencils on the board next to the appropriate lines. NOTE: This is where I ultimately messed up. I wanted my board to look as much like a ruler as possible, and it wasn’t until I was finished that I realized that I taped my numbers on wrong. Instead, they should be taped perpendicular to the board.
I then used my sharpie and colored in the numbers.
Here is my newly stained board. .
And the finished product. We hung this board 6″ off the ground so that the total height would reach 6’6″.
Hope my trial and errors save you some time!
I still have the first attempt and have decided to give it away if anyone would like it! It is still fully functional and looks quite nice, so if you’d like to be the owner, or would like to give it to someone as a gift, then…
1.) You must live in or near my town, as I’m not willing to ship this baby!
2.) You can also live in the Carson/Reno area, as I will be visiting in June and can bring it with me.
3.) You must subscribe to my blog.
4.) You must leave a comment on this blog post telling me one of your favorite summer activities/memories as a child, or something you enjoy doing with your own kiddos. I’m looking for ideas here!
A winner will be chosen at random and notified within a week!