Monday, November 1, 2010

DIY: {Kids} Art Display

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I showed you here what my new {kids} art display looks like!












Here are 10 easy steps to a new art display!

(it really is easy....I promise!)


Supplies needed:

1x8 pine boards
Spray paint
Sandpaper
Large paper clips (found mine @ Walmart; $1.88 for 2)
Wood glue
Picture hangers

1.  Measure your wall space, and decide how long you want your boards to be.




2.  Go to your local hardware store, pick out your boards, and have them cut to
     size.
     (this will save you so much work-they usually will cut your boards for free!)


3.  Spray paint your boards (several light coats)




4.  Sand down the edges (if you liked the distressed look)



I really like my 3M sanding block.  It has lasted me a long time.  It's way easier to hold than a piece of sandpaper.


5. Evenly space your clips across the board, and mark when you want them.






6.  Use wood glue (or gorilla glue, etc) to glue your large clips on.


7.  Install the picture hangers to each end of your board.


8.  Hang on wall. (and attach art of course!)




9.  If you want vinyl lettering, you can cut it yourself using a Cricut (that's what I did), or find a vinyl shop online-there are tons! I used the font "Freeze" and it can be found for free here




10.  Done!



90 comments:

  1. What a great idea...this is going in my "file". Stop over to enter a giveaway!

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  2. Cute! I'm always looking for new ways to display my kids artwork.
    http://embellishinglifeeveryday.blogspot.com/

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  3. So clever....so simple and so fun! I really like that!

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  4. This is great! I always have too many great masterpieces, but not enough space on my fridge to display them. This will be perfect! Thanks for sharing. I will be featuring you on our blog ziggycrafts.blogspot.com Thanks!

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  5. What a great way to display some gorgeous and priceless artwork :)

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  6. Very cute! I have been looking for an idea to hang all the new artwork we have been getting from preschool.

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  7. So cute i love this. if you ever would like to be featured or would like to share a recipe or a find (re-do furniture) please come become a follower and email us...Great site

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  8. We are logging this away for our future homeschool room. Wish I had a place to hang something like this now. We need it! Thanks for a great idea!

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  9. Lovely & thank you for sharing it with us on FineCraftGuild at our DIY CRAFT TUTORIALS linky party. It's a very good tutorial!!

    A new party opened today, and we welcome all creative tutorials to join in this time
    :0) = http://www.finecraftguild.com/diy-linky-party-19/

    Have a creative day!

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  10. Great idea!

    Melissa
    http://www.burstsofcreativity.blogspot.com/

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  11. This is perfect for all of the preschool art that my son has been bringing home. Thank you!!

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  12. I have been searching everywhere for a way to highlight my kids art work. This would be perfect, thanks for sharing the how-to.
    I have enjoyed reading about your latest project, and owuld love your thoughts on mine, if you have a moment.
    www.homeismore.blogspot.com

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  13. I love these. My favorite part is the masterpieces above it. so cute! Come link up for a chance to win my Get Organized Giveaway!

    http://wildflowersandwhimsy.blogspot.com/2010/11/get-organized-giveaway.html

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  14. That is so clever! Now, I don't have little kids at home any more (my 'baby' is 20) but I can see using this idea to display old scrapbook pages during the holidays. Wouldn't it be fun to have some Christmas layouts from 'back in the day' where everyone can see them? Or Easter or Birthdays or any holidays?
    Hey, you should make these up and sell them on Etsy!

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  15. Thank you! Was wondering how I could attach these without drilling right through the wood! DUH! I'm so glad you figured it out for me!!! Awesome font too by the way!!

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  16. This is fantastic. I love how much it can hold. Super cute.

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  17. Love this project.Maybe I will do this to display my daughters art.

    Have a look at this article
    http://houseonashwelllane.blogspot.com/2010/11/bedding-to-suit-your-little-girls.html

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  18. Oooh! Thanks for the how to on this! I jumped up to see what things I will need to get to do this! Thanks for the inspiration!
    Thanks for linking up to Making It With Allie! I can't wait to see what you have for next week!
    AllieMakes.Blogspot.com

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  19. This is great! Thanks for sharing this. I've been looking for some ways to display all the art my daughter is bringing home from preschool.

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  20. What a fantastic idea! I love it! I have no idea what to do with the endless supply of artwork I get from my two little girls. Usually I sneak them into the rubbish :(
    Looking forward to seeing what else you've got!
    Megan :)

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  21. It is just a clever idea! I think I'm going to make one for my little boy's artwork. Thanks for sharing!

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  22. Hey Sarah, THANK YOU so much for linking up to **Amaze me August** I saw your post when you wrote about your problem, and you found a wonderful solution. Your art display turned out awesome, and I need one too. Also just letting you know I FEATURED you today, so please come grab some bling girl!! Thanks again, Bella :)

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  23. This is adorable. I'm going to feature it on my Friday Features tomorrow, linking back to you. Have a great day!
    Katie

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  24. I love this, and plan on trying to make this for my kids. Can you tell me the size you used for your letters? I downloaded the font but I wasn't sure how big to make everything.

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  25. This is such a clever idea and my husband and I are going to give it a shot. Was wondering approximately how tall your letters are? Thanks so much!

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  26. ChrisLints,
    Thanks for stopping by! My letters are about 9 inches tall. Good luck!

    Sarah

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  27. I absolutely love this idea and your blog!! Thanks for sharing all your wonderful ideas!

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  28. Love love love this! How long were your boards?

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  29. this is awesome!
    what size did you cut the letters in? I have a cricut and i'm going to try it!
    thanks!

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  30. Susan,
    Thanks for stopping by! I think the letters were 7 or 8 inches tall. Good Luck!

    Sarah

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  31. Hi! I would like to link a picture of your idea for children's art on my blog. I am writing a post about what to do with all of your kid's masterpieces. I will be posting it for the parents at my school (K-6) to see. I would of course, link back to your blog.

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  32. Hi! I would like to link a picture of your idea for children's art on my blog. I am writing a post about what to do with all of your kid's masterpieces. I will be posting it for the parents at my school (K-6) to see. I would of course, link back to your blog.

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  33. Marcia,
    I would be happy to be included on your post! Thank you so much! Have a great day!

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  34. How did you get that font? I don't think Cricut has a freeze font!

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  35. So clever! What a great idea.

    Warm blessings,
    Spencer

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  36. @katie,
    The font is from http://www.kevinandamanda.com/fonts/. I used the program Sure Cuts a Lot to cut it out using my cricut. If you want/need more info, email me!

    alittleofthis.alittleofthat.blog@gmail.com

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  37. New Follower, I am not crafty by any means, but I think I can do this! As soon as my daughter is old enough I will be making one of these, thanks for sharing. Looking forward to seeing more!!

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  38. What Cricut Font/cartridge did you use? Love this!!! I plan to do three boards - one for each child!

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  39. @anon,

    The font is called Freeze and is from http://www.kevinandamanda.com/fonts/. I used the program Sure Cuts a Lot to cut it out using my cricut. If you want/need more info, email me!

    alittleofthis.alittleofthat.blog@gmail.com

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  40. Love this idea! I used it and blogged about it on my own blog. Hope you can stop by and check it out : )

    http://faithhopeandlearningtolove.blogspot.com/2011/11/day-1-wall-of-fame.html

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  41. Sarah I love this and want yo make this for my bestfriend's daughter. I am having a lot of trouble. I sent you an email.

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  42. how did you get this on your cricut?

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  43. Hi-- I just wanted you to know that I found this link through pinterest and one week later, now have a similar "masterpieces" wall at my house. I LOVE LOVE LOVE it. Have wanted a way to display their art for so long. THANK YOU for sharing, and great instructions that even *I* could follow.

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  44. I love this idea, and would like to know which Cricut machine you used? I am just starting to look into the Cricut, and know very little about them, except that there are three versions.

    Did you die cut each letter individually? Your ideas are absolutely darling! I cannot wait to get started!!! Ty.

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  45. Wow what a great idea. I am soo doing this!!!!

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  46. Making mine right now!

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  47. I really love this idea....good work mama! :)

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  48. How long are your boards cut? I'm trying to figure out how many clips to put on my 5ft boards.

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  49. How long are your boards? Mine are going to be 5ft and I'm trying to figure out how many clips to put on them.

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  50. Scordaro,
    My boards were 5 feet long. It's a great length!

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  51. Thanks. I'm starting it this afternoon. Can't wait to get them hung:)

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  52. Just finished mine and LOVE them! Thank you so much!

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  53. Thanks for the inspiration! I have added your photo/link to my new blog post
    http://todolistmom.blogspot.com/2012/03/kid-art-hoarding.html
    Feel free to spread the word ;)
    Can't wait to make my own "Masterpiece" Display
    Have a great wkend

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  54. So, the actual width of the board is 2 or 3 inches? Did you use an 8 foot piece of 1x2 or 1x4 and then cut it to the size you needed?

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  55. @Megan,
    The width is 3.5 inches. I used 8 foot boards, and had them cut to 5 feet. If you are trying to save money, just have one cut in half. Hope that helps!

    Sarah

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  56. How do you attach the letters to the wall?

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  57. I just bought a Cricut, but have yet to master it. How can I download fonts to it. It downloaded the FREEZE font to my computer. But am not sure of how to get the Cricut to work with it.

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  58. YOU really did a wonderful job of making this look so easy with the step by step pictures & instructions! Very cute!

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  59. Any chance you would consider selling the "masterpieces" vinyl lettering? I do not have a cricut and am not super excited about any of the online vinyl shops I have found.

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  60. Sarah, would you consider selling the "masterpieces" vinyl lettering? I don't have a cricut and am not liking the options I am finding online.

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  61. Love these! I've been looking for an inexpensive, but cute, way to allow my daughter to display all of her masterpieces in her room. I'm thinking about using a magnetic paint on the wood first and then going over it with whatever color I choose (probably white). This way she could use magnetic clips and move them around for smaller or larger pieces.

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  62. how do i get the freeze font on my cricut?alusco@comcast.net

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  63. how do i get the freeze font on my cricut?? alsuco@comcast.net

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  64. How big is the font?

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  65. How far apart did you put the clips on the board? I can't seem to get then all evenly spaced apart.

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  66. How far apart did you put each of the clips? I can't seem to figure out how to evenly space them.

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  67. What size font on the criket? I love this idea and have been wanting to do this for months.

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  68. What is the total dimension of the decal? Or what size did you use?

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  69. I did it and am so happy with how it looks. It looks like I paid someone to make at least my hallway seem put together and the kids are so excited by it!

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  70. Would you be willing to make and sell the letters? Apparently you can no longer get sure cut for the cricut? Amclar02@yahoo.com

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  71. Sarah,
    I have a non-profit organization Designs from the HeART. We just used your idea in a room, I hope you can look at our facebook page below to see how it turned out.
    https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.10150984289324404.439008.71590509403&type=3
    Everyone loved the display and I just posted the link to your directions in response to a where did you get those question!! It looks amazing...thank you so much!
    Robin

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  72. I have also seen yard sticks used for the boards!

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  73. Hi, i found this post on pinterest and just had to give it a try...it was a great solution the the ever growing art work problem we had! And it has been wonderful! check out mine at perfectlyimperfecthome.blogspot.com
    :-)

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  74. I love the "Masterpieces" idea. And I so want to do this for our boys art work.I don't have a Cricut, but one of my friends said I could borrow hers. She has a Cricut Expression. Can you tell me how to get these fonts onto a Cricut. I went to the free font website, but there is no instructions on how to get the font to your cricut machine.
    Thanks for sharing your creativity and blessings,
    Lori

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  75. I've never seen anything like this for kid's art display! love it! thank you! definitely going to share on Facebook @AZNannies

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  76. Hi, I don't know if you'll get this, but I love this idea!!! I had been looking for something just like this and this will be perfect to hang my son's pre-school art projects!!!! I just wanted to know, I have a cricut, but do you have to have the computer software to use the "Freeze" font? I've never done vinyl lettering on it before. Any information would be appreicated, thank you!!

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  77. How do you use your own font on the cricut? Such as the font you used to make this?

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  78. How did you do the symbol at the begining and end?? I can't seem to find that??

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  79. Hello, quick question if I don't have a cricket any other suggestion to make the letters??
    Jacynda

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  80. I am going to try to make this in my home. How far apart did you glue each clip? Thank you! :-)

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  81. Oh, and what color paint did you use?

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  82. Just made my "Masterpieces Wall" over the weekend and I am so happy with it! Thank you for the step by step instructions - even down to the exact clips that I found at Walmart! Mine is a little smaller than yours but still works perfectly for my kids' artwork. Thank you!

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  83. Hi Sarah,

    I LOVE this idea and am making them now. Are the swirls in front and back a part of the font, because I can't find them??

    Thanks!
    Nicole

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  84. I'm so glad I found this idea on Pinterest! I have a wall that goes between my kitchen and living rooms that is bare. I had no ideas how to decorate it. Now I do. Thank you!

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  85. Do you mind sharing where the embellishments come from? I can't seem to find anything like this. Thanks

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