So I’m in the final stages of editing a really fun crochet hat pattern, but in the meantime, I thought I’d show you all what I managed to check off my to-do list this past week: a gallery wall. I love saving my kiddos’ artwork, and I wanted to be able to display it. So with a little DIY gumption, I made their scribbles into something special.
The first thing I should mention, is that I often buy the bulk packages of small canvases on sale. When the boys ask to color, I give them each one and let them go to town. Sometimes the canvases last for a couple sessions, sometimes they don’t. I also let my boys use watercolors (with supervision, of course), but those need watercolor paper and therefore a frame.
First off, I decided that I wanted my base color to be gold. You could definitely do this with silver or a wood tone or even multicolored would be fun. But I wanted all my frames and extra pieces, like letters or figures, to be gold.
I bought a frame for my favorite watercolor that my son did, but it was $18 just for that frame and it didn’t even have a matte.
Since, I didn’t want to spend a ton of money on the “Wall of Scribbles” as my husband fondly refers to it, I did my best to keep my budget nice and tight. I went to Ross and got a couple of cheap wood frames. I brushed over them with some acrylic gold paint from the craft store.
Next, I used the same acrylic paint to go over the outside edges of all of the canvases.This took a couple coats. Once everything was dry, I just arranged it on the floor, then hung them all on the wall in our entryway.
I think it really livens up a somewhat abandoned area of our house. I’m excited to add to it as we go. Eventually, our gallery will probably get moved into a playroom and I may add some of my own pieces too. I think a gold letter ‘W’ (for Weeks) will make the wall soon, and maybe some fun gold pieces from Hobby Lobby.
I got my gallery wall done just in time to get ready to move in a couple months. But at least, we’ll be able to enjoy it for a little awhile, plus its all ready to go up at our next place. Until next time, Happy Crafting!