Monday, May 2, 2016

Kid Art Canvas Display

I am really excited to be posting at The Pink Senorita today! My name is Helen and I recently met Danesa at a wedding for a mutual friend. We realized we have a lot in common and she invited me stop by periodically with some ideas and projects.

Let me tell you a little bit about myself. I live in Northern California, and if you're thinking San Fransisco think 5 hours north of that (if California was the world we'd be the North Pole).
I've been married for 13.5 years and I have five kids (2 girls and 3 boys). So you know that saying that goes, "not my monkey, not my circus"? Well usually it is my monkey and my circus and it keeps everyday of my life pretty interesting.

Part of the deal with having so many monkies running around is that they're always drawing pictures and I don't have enough refrigerators to display all their masterpieces. (We try to keep our fridge count to one around here, any more than that and our storage capacity for ice cream would be in the danger zone.)With fridge display space in short supply I came up with a way to show off their drawings without taking up too much wall space.

First I painted a huge canvas one solid color. (The canvas I used was a piece I bought at IKEA, but I wasn't really loving the picture anymore, and the aforementioned circus had dinged it up pretty bad.)

While the canvas dried I went thru the pile of drawings I had and used a mug to trace a circle around the part of the picture I wanted to keep. *Warning: you will be cutting up masterpieces in this project, but my kids love that their pieces are on display and have never cared that I had to cut them up to make it happen.



Once the canvas is dry and all your circles are cut out you simply take some packing tape and tape your circles in rows on the canvas. I tape the circles down because I like to be able to take old circles down and replace them with newer circles from the artwork my kids are constantly creating, but if you wanted the circles to be more permanent you could glue or mod podge them down.

And there you have it, a fun and fresh way to have a rotating display of art from your little artists.




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