DIY Project: How To Make a "School is Cool" Vintage Ruler Rack

My mom often recounts her days in a little farm school house, about 25 kids grades K-6, all learning in one classroom under one roof.  Supplies were limited, but quite sturdy and useful, and that’s why today’s project repurposes vintage rulers into a multi-utilitarian rack that’s “chalk-full” of charm and character. (Eh, hem.)

Here’s what you’ll need:

  • 5 yardsticks (vintage or new, different designs and/or colors for interest) Note: find vintage rulers/yardsticks at antique stores-appox. $1-$1.50 a piece.
  • 30-36″ in length and  1/4″ x 5″ wide scrap plywood or molding piece
  • Wood glue
  • Four 2-3 pronged hooks
  • Hanging hardware
  • screws
  • hand saw, miter box and sandpaper (optional)

Here’s what you do:

  1. Glue yardsticks onto plywood or molding piece. Optional: if you prefer a shorter rack, trim amount off as desired and sand edges.
  2. Using built-in ruler, measure and screw in hooks equidistant to each other.
  3. Install hanging hardware. Be sure to use hardware with proper load bearing capabilities and appropriate to the type of wall you will be using. For hanging tips, click here.

If you prefer not to DIY this project, visit Keeping it Coastal to purchase. All photos and DIY idea: KeepingitCoastal

All photography by Skaie Knox, HomeJelly

Skaie Knox

Written by Skaie Knox

Decor/Design/Repurposing nerd and DIYer, freelance writer, and the editor-in-chief for HomeJelly. Skaie is also a signed and published singer/songwriter (Fervor Records/ASCAP) and kid's book author (Big Bug Lunch!). She was voted "Class Clown", and is a rescue dogs crusader.


  1. Skaie Knox on January 14, 2013 at 8:13 pm

    Klunkers appreciates you showing off his favorite glam lamp! We do, too!

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