Saturday, January 04, 2014

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Our Playroom: Displaying Children's Art

We finally put together an art display for the kids' artwork in our playroom and I am so excited to show it off.  It's bright and fun and oh so functional!

DIY art gallery for displaying children's artwork from And Next Comes L

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I have been brainstorming this art display idea for months, but it finally came into fruition when my husband (perhaps mistakenly?) asked me, "Are there any projects you want to get done before I return to work?"  So I convinced him to pull out the saw, make a giant picture frame, and mount it to the wall.

How to Display Children's Art at Home

To make the frame for the art gallery, we used our leftover window casings from when our new windows were installed last spring.  They're the same window casings that we used to make our giant rainbow xylophone and to build giant letters outdoors with.  So I was happy to put them to a more permanent use.  The interior dimensions of our frame are 60" w x 32" h.

We attached two pieces of string to the backside of the frames with a staple gun before attaching the frame to the wall.  Once the frame was finished, I used my Silhouette Cameo to cut out the sign for our art gallery (Robson Fine Art Gallery) from black vinyl. You can now download the Silhouette Studio file for free and change the wording accordingly.

Using wood clothespins, I put some of the boys' artwork up for display, including this bumblebee craft.  It looked great, but it was missing something.  Then my husband had a great idea.  He commented that when he looked at the art gallery, it looked like he was looking at a clothesline through a window.  Then he proposed that we paint the interior of the frame like a sky with clouds so that it would really look like a window.

Armed with some sky blue and white acrylic paints, I painted a simple sky scene with clouds.  It turned out perfect.  I love the punch of color behind the kids' art.  Plus, it brightens up our playroom.  Since our playroom is in the basement, the room can look quite dim at the best of times.  This art gallery is just what this wall needed to come to life.

DIY art gallery for displaying children's artwork from And Next Comes L

You may have noticed our beautiful Montessori-inspired crayon color sorters just below our art gallery.  I followed this tutorial for upcycled Montessori style crayon holders from Happiness is Homemade, which I found via The Kavanaugh Report.  I didn't have tin cans so I made our crayon sorters from plastic individual applesauce containers.  And goodness knows, I have tons of those laying around (see here and here)!  I just lathered them in a few coats of acrylic paint and a coat of Mod Podge.

And that's how we'll be displaying our recent arts and crafts from now on!  

Remember, if you have a Silhouette Cameo, then you can download the Silhouette Studio file for the vinyl lettering for free.

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DIY art gallery for displaying children's artwork from And Next Comes L
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    1. Thanks, Nicole! Hope you've been feeling well!

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  2. Where did you get your vinyl that says robson fine art gallery

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    1. As I mentioned in the post, I made the vinyl saying myself using my Silhouette Cameo. I designed what I wanted, loaded up some black vinyl that I already had on hand, and let the machine do its thing. Super easy!

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  3. This looks fabulous. What I really need is a tutorial on getting one's husband to ask what project he can make for said wife :). I think I just overwhelm mine!!

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    1. Hahahaha...best tutorial request ever!

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  4. We could never seem to display all the art work that our 3 kids produce ... from paper crafts to canvas paintings and more. Read about our solution for displaying all kinds of treasures at www.simplyfunfamilies.com (blog post for April 22, 2014). You'll see how our MAGNIFICENT ART WALL keeps our little artists inspired and showcases their work for all to see!

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    1. Yours looks great! I love the shelf for the canvases.

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  5. HI, I'm curious which font you used for "Robson"? I'm doing something similar in my kids hallway but can't find the perfect font to use with my silhouette! Your project turned out great!

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  6. I love this idea! What material did you use for the back of the frame (Windows/clouds part)? Can't wait to start this project!!

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    1. Nothing! We just painted the clouds right onto the wall using acrylic paint after we put up the frame.

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