Monday, February 20, 2012

Children's Art Display and a Playroom Update

Both of my children go to preschool.  My son attends 5 mornings a week and my daughter 2 mornings a week.  That means they come home with a minimum of 7 pieces of art each week!  Has anyone else out there ever been caught throwing it out?!?  I finally had to tell my 5 year old that I just can't keep every single thing. Does that make me a bad mom?  I do keep the extra special things!  He seems to understand... well kind of.  

In an effort to rediscover my refrigerator and better display their art I came up with a super quick, easy and free way to display the precious artwork that they are always so proud of!

In digging through a "junk" drawer for a candle last week I found a pile of drapery clips I had taken off curtain rings.  Those, along with a ball of twine from the dollar spot at Target, and a few push pins (which will soon be replaced by screw in hooks that I know I have somewhere in this house!).

I had a large blank wall right over a pile of toys.  The perfect place!  Tie your clips onto the twine, tie ends of twine to your hooks (or push pins for impatient people like me) and  attach to the wall.  If you do not have extra drapery clips, I have also seen this project with clothes pins.  Done!  In 15 minutes you can mark two things off your to do list... display your child's prized art work, check....and clean off the fridge, check!  

I wanted to show a couple other playroom project that have gone on since the reveal.  I'll use this super awesome "during" photo so you can see the giant fluorescent light box in the back of the room.  Maybe it was functional but I'm not sure there is anything I hate more in the world of lighting  than florecent bulbs.  I even took out the bulbs to make it less noticeable until I could get it totally out of there. 
Have you ever in your life seen a bigger mess!! 

It has since been replaced with track lighting that makes the gallery wall look 100% more awesome!  Made a huge difference in highlighting the photos and adding more light to the room!  Thanks Will for being so handy!  You can look back at the original Play Room Reveal post to see the difference.   

A couple other inexpensive playroom art projects. 

The "i can do HARD things" free printable is from an awesome blog called  Kiki Creates.  She is creative, smart, focused on God, and all around inspiring!  Go check her out! 

And finally, I can't help but smile when my son recites to my daughter when she's whiny... "you get what you get and you don't throw a fit".  Yeah, right!  Print from Children Inspire Design.  They no longer have this one but have great things that are super affordable.

While some of us are enjoying a snow day (Rebekah)... I'm sitting her looking at a sunny day... super jealous!!!!!!  Not even a flurry last night!


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  1. Hmmm. Kid's art work can be a problem. I would suggest you get some sort of portfolio to store their art in when you take it down. Then every month, go through it with them and pick their favorite piece from the month to save. I don't know if that would work for you or not, but it's something to think about.

    My kids are all grown now. It goes by sooo fast. Enjoy!

  2. I love the room! So cute! Wish I had thought of that when my bubbies were little.


  3. love it - we use that don't throw a fit saying here to & it WORKS (for all of us!) :)

  4. I love this room, you have done great things with it! Plus, that gallery wall is Amazing!

  5. Great idea and I love your printables-Stop by for a visit-I'm your newest follower!

  6. Your play room is SO SO gorgeous! And I love your idea for displaying artwork! Thanks for sharing at oopsey daisy!


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