DIY an Art Gallery for your little artist
After running out of real estate on my fridge, I thought it was time to give my son a wall all his own to display his masterpieces. Plus, what better way to say a family lives here than to display your child’s artwork!
I saw a few ideas floating out there on Pinterest and came up with “my” take on creating a mini-art gallery in your home. I opted to put it in our kitchen primarily because I think it is a great place to showcase kiddie art, but secondly because I had a hideous plate fixture on the wall that I was dying to replace!
What You Will Need:
- Document frames (I used five for this project)
- Various acrylic paints
- Small wooden clothes pins
- “Art Gallery” printout/stencil
- Thin paint brush
- Sponge brush
- Eye hook screws (see picture below)
- Thin wire (I got mine from the jewelry section)
- Kiddie art to showcase
What You Will Need To Do:
- Trace your “Art Gallery” printout or stencil onto the glass of one of the frames using a magic marker. I selected a black frame so I didn’t need to paint the actual frame in an attempt to save myself a step!
- Once traced, take paint colors of your choosing and paint in the letters using a very thin brush.
- Once each letter is painted and dried, I took the black magic marker and retraced the outer edge.
- Then take your varnish and paint just over the painted letter. If you want to cover the entire glass surface, that is fine too.
- Place the glass back into the frame without the cardboard backing.
- To make the frames, remove the glass and cardboard backing from each frame. Paint the frames colors of your choosing. It may take a couple coats to get the coverage you like.
- Once paint is dried, put a layer of varnish to seal the frames and give them a nice shine.
- While painting the frames, I also painted several wooden clothes pins. Be sure to seal those with varnish as well when dried.
- Once frames are dried, screw in the eye hooks about 1 inch down from the top of the frame on each side. I used some needle nose pliers to help me grip the eye hooks.
- After eye hooks are in place, take your jewelry wire and string it through each eye hook, twisting the wire at each in.
- Place a wooden clip in the middle of each wire.
- Hang onto your wall and fill with masterpieces created by your favorite little artists!
Hope this projects brightens up your kitchen as much as it has mine!