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Saturday, October 8, 2011

My In-Home Art Gallery {DIY}

My son is in pre-school and that means we see A LOT of art projects coming home all the time. I had one, cluttered fridge and even started taping pictures to the wall so we could showcase Alex's fine work.  When it came time for us to repaint our home, I wanted to purpose to come up with a neat way to show off Alex's art projects in a non-permanent way. In other words, I wanted to create a rotating art gallery of sorts.

Here's my end result.

Since I'm in a small home, I chose to put this together in our dining area. Who wouldn't want an art gallery to view while they eat their dinner? It's very sophisticated. ;) *giggle* 

I thought I would share with you how I created my art gallery.

I first bought the frames. Most of these were found at a garage sale for $.50 a piece! What was perfect about my garage sale finds was that none of them had any glass or backings to dispose of. I bought just the frames and that's all I needed. A few additional frames were found at my local thrift store for $2.00 a piece.

I just love thrifty finds!

I then went to my local craft store and purchased some spray paint. I loved the "Tiffany" blue color to go against my pale, gray walls. 

I took my frames outside, placed them on a large plastic sheet, and got ready to paint them. It took about 2 coats of paint for the wood color to be hidden and I chose to only paint the fronts and sides of the frames since that's all anyone is going to see. 

After bringing them inside, I placed them on the floor the way I wanted them to be hung on the wall and prepared for my next step. 

I grabbed my staple gun and some sheer, organdy ribbon I bought at the craft store. This ribbon is what will be used to hang the art from. 

 Here's the idea I came up with. I tied one end of the ribbon {just in case it was loose and tried to escape it's staple}. Then, after stapling down the ribbon on one end of the frame {low enough to hang art from it}, I pulled it taut and stapled it down on the other side. This is pretty simple to do but I found I needed to lightly hammer down some of the staples that didn't want to sink all the way into the wood frames.

Here's how the frames look with their ribbons attached.

And here's how they look hanging on the wall, pre-art attached.

For now, I'm using paper clips to attach projects to the ribbons.


I'll update this post with a tutorial for the Mod Podge letters I made to spell the word "ART" soon. Stay tuned!

P.S. Alex LOVES seeing his art in frames and likes to decide what projects come down to make room for the new ones that come home. {We save the really special ones to be laminated and put in a book}.



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