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Make a Growth Chart Mirror

I can’t begin to describe the glee I experienced when I received a box filled with products from the new Martha Stewart Decorative Paint line. It’s a crafter’s dream! These products were developed with Plaid Crafts, the brilliant minds behind Mod Podge, so you KNOW it’s good! Need proof?

  • There are 160 colors of paint, good on ALL SURFACES (fabric, wood, glass, ceramic, terra cotta etc) and come in 5 finishes (satin, high gloss, glitter, pearl and metallic)
  • When used on glass, the paint is DISHWASHER SAFE on the top rack (this makes me swoon with ideas)
  • The paint is formulated for indoor and outdoor use and is non-toxic
  • There are special applicator tops that attach directly to the paint bottle to make painting even easier and cleaner
In addition to the gorgeous paint, this line also includes innovative and user-friendly tools and stencils!
Let’s get to the tutorial! I’ve wanted to make a growth chart for awhile now (my kid is almost 4…so it’s been on the list a long time!) and thought it would be a super fresh spin to do it on a mirror. I think this makes for really great photos as your child grows, and if you move it’s easy to take it with you (unlike the penciled on door jamb you’re currently using to chart your kids’ growing!) This project is simple and can be customized a zillion different ways!
Supplies I used:
  • Mirror (mine is from Ikea, but I found it at a thrift store for $4)
  • Paint: Habanero, Hailstorm, Tourmaline, Peridot, Green Curry
  • Stencils “On the Farm”
  • Tools: Foam Brush Tops, Foam Pouncer, Adjustable Striping Brush
  • Chipboard sticker numbers (I got these awhile ago at the dollar store)
Obligatory “Before” photo:
I started by attaching the foam brush top to my bottle of paint, then painting the frame of the mirror. The foam brush made this so quick and easy!



Then I placed the stencil on the mirror. At first I tried using spray adhesive so there would be a nice seal on the stencil for clean lines. It worked great, until I removed the stencil and there was a ton of gummy goo left behind. It took me awhile to get that all of using Goo Gone and q-tips. From then on I just taped down the stencils, but did have a lot of paint bleeding under the stencil (especially with the glitter paints). I’m certain I’ll get better at this with time!

This Foam Pouncer was really fun to use! It created a great texture for the grass, gave me really clean lines and control over the paint, and was a snap to clean.

After painting all the stencils, I used the Adjustable Striping Brush to add the measurement lines to the side of the mirror. This brush is brilliant! Then I used a ruler to measure the spaces for the numbered stickers. I started with “1” at the bottom, planning to have the mirror mounted on a wall one foot off of the ground.

You could also cut the numbers out of vinyl if you have one of those fancy electronic cutting machines, or paint them on by hand. I tried painting them on, but it was just too sloppy looking! I also think it would be better to use a bright color for the numbers, as I’ve found the black numbers don’t stand out well in the photographs (live and learn, right?)





That’s it! A super unique take on a growth chart that will make for adorable scrapbook layouts and baby book pages.  I think it’d be so cute to have a wall of these for families with multiple kids, each one personalized to the child.

The Martha Stewart paints are fantastic. I left the mirror outside overnight and it got rained on- the paint was perfect the next morning! You can find this incredible line of products exclusively at Michaels stores starting now- and all the paint is 40% off this week! You can also print this coupon for 40% off any item!


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13 Responses to Make a Growth Chart Mirror

  1. Michelle L. says:

    Growth chart on a mirror – such a cool idea! Yours is adorable – and such cute pics!

  2. This is awesome. I never thought to make a growth mirror! Genius!

  3. Angela says:

    Guuurl, I really super need to make one of these for my girls (nieces…totally not being creepy, I swear). Would it be super shady of me to solicit your help (and stash)? AWESOME idea. I just love you to pieces.

  4. Charlotte says:

    Very cute and a GREAT idea. I’m going to make one for my grandson!

  5. Stephanie says:

    So fun! I’ve been thinking a growth chart is needed in our home too, this is a great idea.

  6. This is absolutely precious!! I love the first photo. What a fun idea for any child’s room!

  7. Jennifer says:

    Breanna that is such a cute idea!

  8. So clever! I have never seen a growth chart mirror, but it makes perfect sense! Looks like your kiddos love it.

    I was going to paint a similar mirror frame that we have. Thanks for showing how you painted it with the foam attachment. Looks so easy!

  9. Breanna, you are a genius! I’ve never seen a growth chart mirror either – way too cute!

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  13. Faith says:

    Brilliant. That’s all I can say. Absolutely brilliant.

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