My wife loves doing art projects with the kids, and even more displaying them. At our old house, we created a simple children’s art display using open frames with clothes pins and ribbon. It worked relatively well in the old space. When we moved to the new house, the art display came along. Because the kids started creating a lot more art, Amber added a few more frames to the art gallery wall. After a while, the frames became overly crowded and cluttered looking. Also, they were crooked on the wall most of the time. Of course eight little hands also rearranged the frames frequently. It bothered me. I had an idea to streamline the gallery and give each child a designated place for their own work.
Here’s how the art gallery wall looked with open frames.
To create our new display, I began with the following materials:
- 4 x 8′ plywood sheet, cut into four equal size boards (the hardware store will cut the boards to size)
- packet of wall hanging brackets
- roll of batting
- 3 yards of fabric
- 2 packages of wood trim
- painter’s caulk
- liquid nails
- 1 large foam floor puzzle (we up cycled a few that we used when the quads were crawling, they were well loved and gnawed so not good to pass down)
- staple gun with staples and brads
This is the step by step process:
Use painter’s caulk on the front side to cover nail heads and fill gaps at the joints. Finally, use one coat of paint to hide imperfections in the trim. Enjoy displaying artwork!
It cost about $25 per board to make, and I’m really pleased with the result.