5 Ways decorate with yardsticks

How can you use yardsticks to enhance your home? Certainly there are more than 5 ways but let’s check out 5 of my favorites.

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.

Decorating with yardsticks

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.

Unfortunately, Corner House blog is not active anymore and neither the tutorial but it is still a great inspiration (yep! thinking about making one ;))

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?

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  1. I used them in my pantry as a border under the shelves. Stained them different colors. Looks beautiful. Adds a lot of character, texture and hides a multitude of sins (cracked and peeling paint).

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