Wednesday, April 15, 2009

DIY Art Display

To know our girls is to know they are crafty. Not sure where that comes from!! Our problem is that they want to save every scrap of paper that they've doodled, glued, cut, glittered, or colored on! We've tried several different methods of storage, but haven't really had much luck in finding something that worked for us.

Because our house has a playroom, we decided to kill two birds with one stone: decorating and a place for the girls to display their artwork. Here's what we came up with:

Once they run out of room, they have to decide what goes in the trash (we haven't actually reached that point yet; we'll see how that works!)! We simply bought a few bulletin boards, painted the frames, personalized each with wooden letters, and hung them up (Katie does have one too; it's just not pictured).

Total cost: Bulletin Boards ($7 on sale @ Target); Letters ($1.99 @ Hobby Lobby); Paint ($.99 @ Hobby Lobby); Total (approx. $10 each)!!

A few things I learned along the way:

1. The frame of the bulletin boards had a laminate that had to be sanded off. This was the thing that took the longest during the whole project.

2. My original plan was to mount the letters on the board with double sided tape. I didn't buy the tape in advance, so balanced the letters as they are pictured. I like them so much this way, that we've decided this is how they should stay!

3. It is so nice to have a place to put the girls' projects and they are so proud of their displays!

1 comment:

sarah said...

very cute idea!!! just a tip for you ... i realized that i can't save everything so i've been taking pictures of things before tossing them ;)