Creating a Kids Art Gallery Wall

March 16, 2011

Over the past month, I’ve been sharing the various steps of my basement transformation. It has taken on a life of it’s own, BUT I can gladly say it is slowly, but surely, nearing the point of completion.  It’s not a perfectly designed masterpiece, but a space that is fun and enjoyable for the kids to hang out and play.  Along with my craft area / mom cave and built-in chalkboard wall for the kids, I recently transformed the scary ugly end feature wall in the room, to create an art gallery to display the kids beautiful creations.

The horrific basement space ‘before’ was like a dungeon, but with a little TLC and 2 gallons of paint (Kilz Cottage Stone – H57), it’s taken a step in the right direction!  I’m a bit embarrassed to even show this ‘before’ picture, but you have to see where we started just a few weeks ago……………

I went back and forth on what to do with this feature wall in the room.  We considering removing the pine paneling, but because we didn’t know what was behind the wall, we decided to leave it and paint it.  One day it just hit me (like a ton of bricks)….let’s display the kids artwork.  I have bins and bins of every craft ever made, so on to the storage room I went (and AC Moore for some frames)!  I wasn’t kidding… I have kept every craft my son has made from the last 4 years ~ crazy, right?  And this isn’t even all the bins…

I went through all the art work and chose pieces that would work best in picture frames (No 3-D pics here).  In some frames, I used one piece of art and in others, I made a collage using pictures and crafts.  It was fun and my son helped.  This is a great way to get the kids involved and they can choose their favorite pieces to display.

Then it was time to start arranging.  After measuring the wall, I layed the tape measure on the floor to that same dimension, so I knew the width that I had to work within. Ok…here it is ~

Once the pictures were complete, they were ready to hang.  Creating a montage wall of pictures can be challenging.  For some tips on how to begin your picture wall, take a look at this previous post {here}.

And here is the Kids Art Gallery Wall ~

Underneath the art work, I put up an old mirror with hooks that I had sitting in the garage for ages.  It looked like this before ~With some black paint, it looks brand new.  It’s set at the perfect height for my daughter to see herself and smile!  I actually plan on adding more hooks to the wall to create a “dress up” area.   My son has lots of action hero costumes, and with a little girl, I know she’ll have plenty of princess dresses in a few years.

What a fun spot to showcase my most valued pieces of art!

I hope you enjoyed my latest DIY project.  This wall of art created by my kids brings me so much enjoyment.  I love that it can be ever changing as new creations are made!  How do you display your child’s artwork?

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I’m adding this post to The Inspired Room’s Gallery Wall Party!

 


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Comments

  1. love this! and i think you read my mind….one of my “mental posts” is the kid’s artwork we have hanging in our toy room!

    ps – i really love the rug the frames are sitting on in the one picture!!

  2. That’s a WOW project! You really do come up w/ the best ideas!
    xo
    Robin
    Robin~All Things Heart and Home recently posted..All Things InspiredWeek 19

  3. What a great way to make the little ones feel special!

    I’d love to have you share at my For the Kids Friday Link Party! I’m sure you’ll find some fun ideas while you are there! Come join the fun!

    http://sunscholars.blogspot.com/2011/03/for-kids-friday-3.html
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  4. This is such a great idea! I am a new follower and I would love if you linked this up to my Made by Little Hands linky party tomorrow! Thanks so much!
    Michelle
    http://www.delicateconstruction.blogspot.com
    Michelle recently posted..Sunday Family Photo Album

  5. Wow! That is truly beautiful!!
    Sarah E. recently posted..Cheesy Crockpot Chicken

  6. Thanks for sharing this at For the Kids Friday at SunScholars! I will be posting the next party tonight. I hope to have you linking up again this week!

    :)rachel @ SunScholars.blogspot.com

  7. Had to giggle when I saw your bins full of kid’s artwork, snap! Mine are the same! Thanks for the inspiration, must get my treasures out of the plastic bins and onto the walls. Visiting from the Inspired Room’s Gallery Wall Party, I’m number 117.

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  2. [...] SAS Interiors – This gallery is similar to the other art display, however it has a bit of a modern edge to it. The frames with black edges that put the focus more on the artwork than the frame, would be perfect if you are into a more simple modern look. [...]

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