5 Ways to Use Yardsticks in Your Decor

If you thought this post was going to be all about measuring…..well, you must have missed my yardstick wall!


I love the quirk factor–and the color–that my new yardstick wainscoting adds to my laundry room.  I’m really fascinated by vintage yardsticks as decor.  There’s something about the combination of typography and aged wood patina that really appeals to me.  And I’m not the only one!  Search Pinterest for “yardstick projects” and you’ll find dozens of creative ways to turn rulers into works of art.  Here are some of my favorites.


1. Arrows


I’m pretty sure that Laura at Finding Home is the queen of yardstick repurposing.  She has more ideas for creating works of art out of vintage rulers than anyone else I know.  Check out her tutorial for this arrow.

2.  Clock


If Laura is the queen, then KariAnne is the crown princess of yardstick crafts!  I adore her bicycle wheel clock with yardstick hands.  Most crafters use yardsticks to cover up other surfaces, so this is an interesting use of vintage rulers.  Get the details at Thistlewood Farms.

3.  Storage


Upcycled Treasures pairs antique rulers with mason jars to create handy storage space on the wall.  What a terrific project for a craft room, office, or kitchen!

4. Furniture


Admittedly, some of my most favorite yardstick projects are the ones that involve furniture.  I love the way this buffet at Corner House turned out.  The combination of different wood tones and deep blue is absolutely stunning.

5.  Wall Art


Another yardstick project by Laura of Finding Home that she shared here at Infarrantly Creative.  This deer silhouette is a good starter project, because you can make it with new rulers, instead of hunting down vintage ones.

What do you think of using yardsticks as a craft medium, instead of a measuring tool?  Have you ever made anything with old (or new) rulers?