It's Time to Give Planks...
To start, all you need is a ruler, a few room-long pieces of tape, and a little patience.
Since the wood grain tool I bought for this project was 3 inches wide, it only made sense to make 3" wood planks. We also knew the planks would run 'length-wise' from east to west across her floor. And finally, there is a one inch court line that runs around the room, similar to the light blue border we've already painted.
This diagram might help a bit...
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And by the time it's all said and done, you'll have a floor full of horizontal lines.
But those aren't really planks...well, they're really LONG planks. But to make it look like a court, we needed to break them up. After doing a little debating, my daughter decided that 30 inches would be a good length. I was inclined to agree.
So, starting at random placed along each 'long plank', start marking off 30" planks. Don't worry if they don't come out even when you get to the far side of the room, it's not supposed to! :)
This is our process showing how Kayla marked off her boards:
Next, we'll go over one of the biggest steps of this process...applying the wood grain to each plank. Make sure you have a little time on your hands for this one. But it's well worth it.