DIY: Kids Framed Artwork Gallery

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I love all the artwork my children make and I love to display them. I used to hang some of it on our refrigerator. The problem was the size and the number of these creative pieces quickly became overwhelming.

I needed a bigger space that could be dedicated to my kids’ masterpieces. So, I made a Framed Artwork Gallery. I took some old mismatched frames, painted them the same color and attached a clip.

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These frames are hanging on a wall which can now display an ever-changing gallery of art. It’s perfect because this wall can be seen from our kitchen and family room. Two rooms where we spend the most time.

The materials I used for this project were frames, clips, spray paint, kraft paper, pencil, double sided tape and scissors. To hang the frames, I used kraft paper, scissors, pencil, painter’s tape, a level, hammer and nails.

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Want to know how I created my Kids Art Gallery? Here’s my Tutorial:

I found some old frames. I used three 11×17 frames and three 8×10 frames. You could also purchase some inexpensive frames if you don’t have any. I painted the frames using Krylon Cherry Red spray paint. The first time I spray painted something was when I made my Summer Pinwheel Wreath. It was was so easy that I was hoping to do another project involving spray paint. :)

I used two coats of spray paint on each frame. I did run out of paint while doing the second coat. Even though I needed two (2) cans of spray paint, I did not use all of the second can…I used about 1/4 of it. I also spray painted some clips. I bought the small clips (8pk) at Walmart for $0.50.

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Note: All my frames originally had a backing and glass. They are not open backed frames. I traced the backing of each frame on natural colored kraft paper and cut. The kraft paper is the background for inside the frames. I attached the paper to the frame’s backing using double sided tape.

The last thing I did was the attach clips. On each frame, I marked the center point at the top and then glued the clips using a hot glue gun.

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In order to visually see how to arrange my frames on the wall, I made a template of each frame. I traced each frame on kraft paper and then I cut it. I taped the templates onto my wall with painter’s tape and rearranged them until I liked the way it looked.

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After the frames were hung, the fun part began…I attached my kids’ artwork using the clips.

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I love that our home now has a gallery where we can proudly display our children’s art.

(I’m linking up to I’m Lovin’ It, Weekend Wrap Up Party, Sunday Showcase Party, Made By You Monday, Tip Me Tuesday, Tutorials & Tips Tuesdays, Get Your Craft On, Works for Me Wednesday and The Frugal Girls!)

Comments

  1. Bruce Weaver says:

    You so crafty! – How bout throwin’ some love to the guy who hung those frames? They look “mighty” level if I do say so myself. :-)

  2. :) Yes, thanks to my husband for hanging the frames!

  3. What a wonderful idea! Just this morning I was thinking about my girls’ art projects and where to display them. I might just have to do this too! Thanks for sharing. :-)

  4. Really neat idea! You explained everything really well with each step. I would really like to do this sometime. :)

  5. Great idea and it looks fabulous. I used to display my children’s artwork, too… until I had 4 children and became over-whelmed; overwhelmed with the many pieces that would come home. I think this just might be do-able for me :)

    Thanks for sharing…. visiting from TFG chic ‘n crafty party.

  6. We are going to be doing this craft in our MOPS group tomorrow. Thanks for sharing.

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