September 04, 2013

DIY Kid's Art Display

Our new house is slowly but surely coming together.  A few days ago,  I did a quick little kid's art display project in the upstairs hallway outside of the kid's rooms.  Our new appliances are stainless and non-magnetic, so I needed a place to put all of their masterpieces.  When I got finished, I posted a photo of the finished product on the Millions of Miles Facebook Page.  I love how it turned out!

(paint color: Revere Pewter, Benjamin Moore)

I got a few emails asking how and what I used to make this.  It was SO EASY!  I am not crafty or creative or handy at all and the whole thing only took me 20 minutes and was only about $20 to do the whole thing.

To do this project, you'll need:
vinyl lettering *
4 eye hooks
1 large roll of picture hanging wire

*A word about the vinyl lettering.  When I first started thinking about doing this project, I wanted to use the Pablo Picasso quote "Every child is an artist".  However, I didn't have the foresight to order it ahead of time. There are tons of Etsy shops that have that quote available. The quote that I used is one that I found at Hobby Lobby.  I think it works just as well.  It was $27.99- but I have the Hobby Lobby app on my phone and there is always a show and save 40% off coupon on there that you can use at checkout, making it less than $20.

First I screwed one eyebolt into the wall.  If you are really handy, you could probably use an anchor, but since the wire isn't heavy, I didn't worry about using and anchor and just screwed the eyebolt right into the wall.  Then I used a laser level to shoot a level line across the wall and screwed another eye bolt about 6 feet down the wall.  You could make this longer or shorter depending on your wall.

Next, I used a length of picture wire and stretched it the length of the eyebolt, added a few inches to each side and cut it.  To attach it to the eyebolts, you can simply thread it through and wrap it around a few times.

Now, you have your first line.  You could absolutely stop here, but I wanted to add a second line under the first simply to have more display space.  I did the same thing with the second line.  It is approximately 20 inches below the first line.

Once both lines are up, put the vinyl letting on the wall.  I wanted to put this on last so that I could make sure and center it just perfectly above the lines. 

Next attach your children's masterpieces with decorative clothespins or clips and voila!  DIY project complete!

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