How to Build an Adorable Giraffe Growth Chart

Giraffe WallpaperYou can’t miss the sweet face of the giraffe in this wallpaper border.  He is blue with yellow spots and a gentle smile. I took this design, straightened him out and added feet at the bottom for him to stand, and he became the finishing touch to a cute baby’s nursery.

Giraffe Growth Chart 1Now here’s the funny part of the story…I never took a full photo of the giraffe in color, only in black and white for old tool box project sheets we used to print up.  All I have I color is this cut through the center of him!  However, I did add the black and white photo below so you could see the entire giraffe in all his black and white splendor – just imagine the color!

Here’s the instructions if you want to try one for yourself.

Materials List:

  • 1″x10″x6′ and 1″x4″ pine boards
  • circular saw
  • jigsaw
  • straightedge
  • pencil
  • sandpaper
  • primer
  • latex satin paint

Giraffe Growth Chart 2


OK, here’s the only full photo I have of the entire growth chart and even though it’s black and white I thought it would help you picture the steps if you had a chance to see the whole thing.


1.  Draw the Design. I copied the design for this project off the baby’s comforter.  To make the body, I measured 8 inches up from the base and make a slight curve toward the center of the board.  I then started the neck, which was 5 inches wide.  Using a straightedge, I made the neck 42 inches long.  I then drew a head, which measured 12 inches in height.  The head was basically an oval with antlers added.

2. Match with Paint. Using satin finish paints, I first painted both sides of the body, and then added details like eyes, spots, and a happy grin.  I matched the colors I used to those found in the bedding.

3.  Give Him Feet. The base was a piece of 1×10 board cut to a length of 18 inches.  To form a back support for the chart, I used a 1×4 about 15 inches long, cut diagonally from one corner to the opposite center.   I painted both of the pieces in the same color as the giraffe’s body.

4. Support. I measured the short side of the triangular back support. Using that measurement, I determined the placement of the giraffe on the base.  I had Shari help hold the giraffe perpendicular to the base, while I drew a line to mark the placement of the screws.  Using drywall screws, I attached the giraffe on the right side of the base with the screws coming up from underside of the base. I set him up and centered the triangular support on the base and on the back of the giraffe. I attached the support with drywall screws from the triangle’s angled edge into the back of the giraffe, making sure I started low enough that the screws didn’t come through the front. I then attached the support to the base from underneath as well.

Giraffe Growth Chart 35. Add the Measurements. To finish the growth chart, I purchased a fabric tape measure and attached it with a staple gun to the center of the giraffe’s body and neck, making sure to leave enough room on either side of the tape to mark the child’s height and the date.

This growth chart was the perfect addition to the jungle themed nursery. But most of all, building it was a great way to spend an afternoon!


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