Do you, like me, have a million bazillion pieces of children's artwork? What is the answer to the age old question, "What do I do with it all?"
Honest answer--toss most of it when no one is looking. ;) I do keep the special ones dated with a small explanation of what it is and tuck them away in a special box (a box that just might have to grow over time ;).
But I was thinking that between the time of masterpiece completion and the decision to toss/keep--maybe I could use that huge wall upstairs where we used to keep our referral countdown as an "art wall."
I love the idea of framing their work--but that costs money. And turning that wall into a huge cork wall is also a fun idea--but tacks and small children who eat things off the floor don't mix well. :)
And just as I was getting more confused about what to do, I found Pinterest and this idea(go here for the tutorial).
In case I've never said this before--I love to do "projects" because they are a tangible way to show that you've "accomplished" something--but I never take these accomplishments very seriously. I definitely am no expert in anything crafty. I just love to find inexpensive (and even better--free) ways to make our house a fun place to create and inspire memories. :)
Okay, so the "Art Wall."
The inspiration one was made with fabric. Because I didn't think that I had enough fabric and/or patience to do all of that sewing :), I dug through the craft closet and found fun coordinating scrapbook paper.
And just because the camera was sitting on the desk while I was working--don't you know, I took some photos to share the whole process--aren't you lucky? ;)
1. I cut out 22 triangles and flags from the scrapbook paper.
2. I cut two pieces of ribbon ($2 for two spools) for each "flag."
3. I laid it all out on the bed to create just the "right" pattern. :)
4. Using a guide, I stapled each ribbon onto the flags so that they would each hang down the same amount from the rope (4 yards for $1.20).
5. I added some flair with some paper and button flowers that I made eons ago and that were just looking for something fun to do.
6. I meticulously strung each flag unto my rope.
7. I attached it to the wall with nails.
8. I added a few pieces of artwork with clothespins with lots of "room to grow." :)
And this is one of my favorite pieces by T (it's in my "keep" file). I call it the "Accidental Bluebird." He was just doodling/scribbling and it unwittingly looks just like a bluebird (eating a blue worm/smelling a blue flower?).
And there you have it--the Art Wall--a fun decorative place (even when there is no artwork) for all of their creations...for now. :)
Tomorrow is the special guest post from my mom about my youngest sister--bring a tissue. :)