School is starting here in a week or so and that means new routines, homework, spelling words and, of course, lots of new pictures to be hung up! I love t display lots of my kid’s art work but it can be cluttering and so I decided to dedicate a nice, neat area to display some special pieces. I wanted to make something that not only looked nice and matched my decor and made these pieces stand out, and I also wanted to be sure I could change them out easily and without much fuss. After some careful consideration and some glue gun action, these trendy DIY kid art frames were born!
These were quite easy to make and didn’t cost much at all either. To make them, you will need:
frames (one per child, or more if you have a bigger wall to cover)
spray paint (I used a chalk finish in a teal blue)
mini clothes pins (you can find these easily, I got mine at walmart)
The most important part of these pieces are the frames, of course. I bought these plain oak frames at walmart for $3.88 each, which was a great deal. I bought 4 because I like an even amount of things. The first thing to do is spray paint them. You can hand paint too if you wanted, the spray paint was just so much faster. I used an old shower curtain as my ground cover and sprayed them OUTSIDE in a well ventilated and sunny area. I did two coats and let them dry completely in-between.
After they were dry, which was only like 30 minutes max, I let them hang out outside over night because they smelled so much like paint. The next morning that spray paint smell was gone so then I got to finishing these beauties!
You can use any fabric for the insides, I just loved the look of this pretty polka dot burlap and got a bunch for $5 in a clearance bin at the craft store. Cut whatever fabric to fit the inside of your frames and place them behind the glass.
For my extra frame I decided to print out a fun picture to match the frames and bring some whimsey to my display. I found this beautiful Picasso quote printable over at Discovery Moments, so if you love it, head over there and print it out! It’s a 4×6 and the frames are an 8×10 so I just glued the printable on some yellow scrapbook paper to make it stand out more.
Don’t they look marvelous together?? I love these colors and they make me feel so happy when I look at them! I love how the brown burlap adds some rustiness to the feel of them too. The last part it to hot glue two small clothespins on top of the frame with hot glue. I did two so that if I hung a wider picture they wouldn’t bend on the edges.
I hung mine in the hallway going upstairs since that’s central between the kitchen and living room and it added some color and flare there.
Hung with some newly made art, they look colorful, bright and so happy! I can’t wait for school to start so I can have MORE pieces to hang up too.