DIY - Changeable Art Gallery
Like most kids, my oldest loves art! Coloring, painting, tracing...she does it all. This means that we have a LOT of masterpieces being created daily. She's been asking me for awhile to put them in frames on the wall, which makes me so happy! But I also know that she wants to change them every other day, and dealing with changing out frames that regularly leads to broken nails (those tabs always get me) and less enthusiasm. Since she was still set on actual frames, I had to get creative to find a way to make them truly changeable.
I started with some super basic IKEA frames. The plexiglass fronts had been scratched, but that didn't matter since I was taking it out anyway!
First, I attached a string to the back side of the frame, about an inch from the top. I just knotted it and used a thumb tack on both sides, to make it super speedy!
I had planned on painting the frames, but even after sanding, the frames repelled every drop of paint! Since I still wanted some whimsy and color, I thought of washi tape. I left the top third black, because I thought the contrast looked a little more modern and would give good contrast to the art inside.
As I went to hang them up, I kept looking at the girls' (very plain) door and decided that it could use some decor more than the walls did! I used a nail on the top of course, but since it would be swinging open and closed, I added some double-sided tape to the bottom of the frame to keep it secure there, too. And I added to mini binder clips to the string - mini clothespins would work also!
The kiddos adore their new gallery! They love that they can change out the art whenever they want...and I love how quick this project was :).