If you’ve visited my blog before–or perhaps have been following for a while–you might have picked up on the fact that I am not a big fan of complicated.
Most of my recipes are quick and easy and any DIY project I tackle tends to be as basic as one can get. I keep my house clean by following a one thing a day rule. I am obsessed with freezer cooking because there’s no way I could make dinner every night.
Here are reasons #1, #2, #3, and #4 for why all of this is the case.
They’re cute but they’re a lot of work! Honestly, I just don’t have time for complicated. And I’m sure I’m not the only mom who feels like this.
So in the spirit of a recent post I wrote about how sometimes doing-it-yourself is just too much, I give you:
The oh-so-simple DIY Kids Art Wall
(Meaning if I could do it, anyone can do it!)
This was on my to-do list ever since we moved into our new home in May. It drives me crazy having a million (or so) “masterpieces” all over the house or all over the fridge. It feels cluttered and I really can’t handle clutter.
Some might throw them away–I’ve tried and my kids will have none of that (heartbroken, teary-eyed faces staring up at me…oh the guilt!). So I wanted a space to not only display them, but also save them. As I rotate them off the wall, I’ll save the super special ones and put them in a folder I have for each kid.
When I thought about tackling the “art issue”, naturally I turned to Pinterest but all the art displays I found were all too complicated for me. Anything that required going out and buying supplies was not going to work for me. (I still have yet to take my four children to the store by myself and my youngest is 10 weeks old). What I ended up with was very simple. It’s just a few items that you’d probably have on hand already.
Our art wall is in our dining-room-turned-playroom. This could work in any room–bedroom, hallway, kitchen, etc.
What you’ll need:
Several works of art
The length of twine and length space between rows depends on the size of your display space and your own preference. I went with two rows for each kid–each long enough for about two large landscape papers (about 25″). You want to have it sag in the middle just a bit so that you have some room to hang the clothespins.
I staggered the rows so that they were not right on top of each other (less measurements I had to get exactly right). The top row is about 3″ to the left of the bottom row. The bottom row is about 15″ below the top row.
I also topped each kid’s display with their 1-year photo in a 10×13 frame. That seemed like the best use of those photos. The boys’ were done at a portrait studio and Brenna’s was done in our backyard. 🙂
Once you have the spacing you desire, make a loop at the end of each side of twine. Pencil mark the walls with where you want your nails and then hammer them halfway in. Once they’re halfway in, place the loop around the nail and pull the end until it’s tight. Then hammer it the rest of the way into the wall–nail and twine. The twine should feel very secure around the nail. Trim off the excess twine.
You’re creating a very colorful, busy space so don’t worry if your measurements and spacing aren’t exactly perfect. No one will notice!
Use clothespins to display those masterpieces.
Super simple, very forgiving, and a nice way to save all those papers that mean the world to them (and us).