How about an art center for kids to draw to their hearts content and then keep their artwork framed until the next art picture comes along? I decided to make a wall-mounted kids’ art center and display frame complete with art paper on a roll. As you can see, below the art paper is a picture frame. The paper slides behind the picture frame and can be rolled out and torn when done and then on to draw the next picture! Michaels asked me to be a part of the RE-Love Blogger Challenge. I was asked to take something from around my home that could be a little worn or sitting in the garage and turn it into something useful! Breath new life into an old picture frame with my DIY kids’ art center and display frame project.
I’ve been visualizing this project for a couple of years. This baby was purchased at a thrift store and has been collecting dust sitting in my garage.
Corbels and thin wood for shelf top.
Leg tips were used on the end of the dowel rod so the dowel cannot be accidently pulled out. These tips are easy to remove and only cost a couple of dollars.
- picture frame (purchased from a thrift store)
- 2 – corbels (purchased at Home Depot)
- Leg tips – Home Depot
- 2 – Metal d-ring with clips – Home Depot
- Thin birch wood purchased at Michaels
- 5/8 wood dowel – Michaels
- Primer – Michaels
- Spray Paint – Michaels
- Banner Paper – Michaels
- wood glue
- scrap wood
- 5/8 spade bit
- drill and drill bits
1. Spray primer on picture frame, corbels and wood shelf – let dry. Spray two coats of spray paint on same items.
2. Using the spade bit, drill one hole in each of the corbels. Make sure to center the holes well enough so when the art paper gets placed on the dowel it won’t hit the wall.
2. Attache corbels (there are brackets on the back) to the wall. Glue wood shelf on top of brackets (make sure to paint underneath the wood shelf). I noticed too late! Place art paper on the dowel and through the holes. Add the leg tips to each end of the dowel.
3. Cut four pieces of scrap wood (approximately 1/2 inch thick x 1 x 4). Paint these the same color as the frame. This was another OOPSY on my part. Glue and nail onto the four separate corners of the frame. This helps so the frame sits off of the wall allowing the paper to be pulled through easily. I wanted to make sure it would be easy to “cut” the paper from the frame. I found a piece of wood (1/2″ thick) with a sharp 90 degree angle. It was the length of the frame. Glue this small strip to the back bottom of the frame.
4. Attach metal d-ring with clips to the wood pieces (top only) the bottom doesn’t need these. Hang on the wall directly below the art paper. Pull the art paper behind and through the frame.
5. Important::: If you want to protect your walls from ink going through the art paper, you might want to add a think piece of luan to the wall before you hang the picture frame. It would need to be approximately the size of the picture frame opening.
Our adorable little friend Jacqueline getting serious about her art!
All done with the masterpiece!
Yesterday – I shared how to make this simple artist apron for kids.
Kids’ art center and art display frame all-in-one spot!
Check out Michaels Lookbook to find inspiration so maybe you can RE-Create, RE-Purpose and RE-Love something in your home, too!