Artwork worth framing!

By Heather Ledeboer | Category: Home Crafts, Kids Crafts, The Journey of Motherhood | Posted Monday, May 14, 2012

I have been meaning to have my kids do some artwork that I could frame for quite sometime.  I finally decided this would be the week, no more putting it off.

My initial plan had been to let the kids use finger paint to create a painting on scrapbooking paper (or any paper that is acid free so that it won’t yellow over time) and then to let it dry and frame it for the wall.  However the homemade finger paint that I attempted to use was too thick I came up with a “plan B”.  I went to Target and purchased a frame with a mat.  I opened up the frame, removed the mat and allowed them to paint it any way that they wanted to with their crayola paints.  It was fun to see how great they both turned out even though they were so different!

We allowed the mat to dry and then I marked it with their name and date.  Then I chose a recent photo of them and placed it in the mat and put it back in the frame.  The end result turned out really awesome.  I love that I have both a personal art piece but I also see how old they were at the time that they created it!  I decided that they turned out so well that I purchased another frame for them to paint as a gift for my moms birthday.  An idea like this could also be fun as a class gift to a teacher (each child could add a few fingerprints or brushstrokes) with the class photo enclosed.  If you have additional ideas, please share and feel free to pin this post on Pinterest!

Heather Ledeboer

I am a Christian, wife, mom and the original founder of Mom 4 Life. Now that Ashley owns Mom 4 Life, I am focusing my energies in homeschooling and asking God to use me in other areas.

More Posts

Follow Me:

Share Your Thoughts

DIY: curtain rod art wall

By Ashley Devonish | Category: Creating a Home, Organize Me! | Posted Monday, May 7, 2012

Children’s art work is one of those things that most families with young children have plenty of.  it is finding creative ways to display, preserve and not get buried under it that can be a challenge. A few years ago I created an art wall in our home to display the projects that my kids would bring home from school.  This art wall has worked perfectly.  I love how easy it is to use, the way it proudly displays their work and the way it looks in our home.  The downside is that our children have now outgrown it.  Meaning, we have more art work than room to display it.  Plus our two youngest kids are soon going to be of an age to start creating their own artwork so this situation is not going to go away anytime soon (thankfully).  So it was time to come up with a second art wall option.  I wanted something that would allow me to change out the art easily and as frequently as I wanted.  I wanted something that would flow well with the look of our home and something that was inexpensive.

Here is what I came up with:

-Take a curtain rod and mount it to the wall.
-Use curtain clips on the rod to suspend the artwork.

The beauty of this plan was that not only was it easy to do but I was able to repurpose an unused curtain rod and clips from my garage!



I know there are a pletora of wonderful ideas for storing kid’s artwork.  If you have a favorite idea I would love for you to share in the comments or on our facebook page!  if you liked this idea, consider pinning this post on Pinterest!

For some more ideas:

7 steps to organizing your children’s art

4 steps to creating an art wall in your home

Artwork worth framing

How we remember and repurpose children’s artwork from Simple Organic

Ashley Devonish

I have a passion for helping moms and encouraging them in their journey through motherhood. I invite you to journey along with me!

More Posts - Website

Follow Me:

Share Your Thoughts

4 steps to creating an “art wall” in your home

By Heather Ledeboer | Category: Home Crafts, Kids Crafts, Organize Me!, The Journey of Motherhood | Posted Monday, April 30, 2012

Last week I shared 7 steps to organizing your child’s art.  Now I want to share a fun way to display your child’s art.

(Total cost for this project is less than $30.00)

1) Start with a magnetic strip from The Container Store.

There are several sizes and styles but the exact one that I got was the Mighty Magnetic Strip ($12.99).  IKEA has something similar intended for kitchen knives however they look to be a little thicker (I like how thin the Mighty Magnetic Strip was).  There are some magnetic boards from IKEA that look to be nice and thin like mine is and the price is good too starting at $7.99.

2) Create your own custom magnets.

The strip that I bought comes with some very small, very powerful magnets.  However, because of the danger of magnets around children, I opted to make some larger ones.  To do this I found some family photos with smaller face images.  I cut the images into small squares and glued them to thin cardboard (such as a cereal box) to give them some added strength.  Finally, I glued the images to my magnets.  You can find more detailed instructions on making homemade photo magnets on a previous post from our blog.  Keep in mind that children’s art can be heavy so choose strong magnets (think construction paper with glued on lentil beans).

3) Add some vinyl lettering.

I wanted to make this area of the wall look intentional and give it some additional “pop” so I ordered custom vinyl lettering from Expressions By Elle.  I have ordered from Chauntelle in the past and have found her to be very easy to work with.  We emailed back and forth as she sent me examples with different fonts, colors, layouts and sizes for me to consider.  Although places like Target and Kohls are now starting to offer vinyl lettering, I love that I could create my own quote and specify the exact size and font for my project (PLUS I love supporting other work at home moms)!  Even better is that the overall price was about $14.00 which is at or below what I have seen at the big box stores.

Want to see more fun ways to use vinyl on your walls?  Do a search on Etsy for “vinyl wall decals” and you will be SO inspired by all the creative ways that they can decorate a wall!

4) Put it all together!

The final look is fun and “organized” while still being totally flexible.  The “art” can be displayed and then rotated as often as you like and when you are done, the art can go into your art bin!

When Hunter saw the finished “art wall” he said, “MOM, you put a tattoo on the wall??!!”

“I sure did buddy!”

Total project cost:
Magnetic strip: $12.99
Vinyl lettering: $14.00
Magnets: simply the cost of the photos (less than $1.00)
Total: just under $28.00

If you don’t already have a system for displaying your kid’s artwork, I hope you are inspired.  Next week Monday I will share an alternative idea that I am using in another location in our home that I think you will also enjoy.

How do you store or display your kid’s artwork?  If you liked this idea, consider pinning this post on Pinterest!

Heather Ledeboer

I am a Christian, wife, mom and the original founder of Mom 4 Life. Now that Ashley owns Mom 4 Life, I am focusing my energies in homeschooling and asking God to use me in other areas.

More Posts

Follow Me:

Share Your Thoughts