The kids are back in school and you know what that means…little original masterpieces of paintings, sketches, or collages to exhibit around your house. While putting the artwork on the fridge is a great way to show off your little Picasso’s talent, how about honoring his or her efforts with a museum-worthy frame on the wall.
When it comes to frames, there are so many options out there. But you can make your own gallery-inspired frames using prefinished moulding that you can find at Lowe’s and Home Depot. I love the prefinished moulding because it’s so easy to wipe clean and dust, and it’s already stained or painted. Here’s all you need to make these frames:
You can use this same plan to make a shadow box frame just by using a wider piece of wood stock, so you can show off trophies and awards with a 3-D effect.
What’s cool about this idea is that you just hang the moulding frame right on the wall – forget about adding the glass. I love being able to switch out the kid’s artwork as they create something new, so this option makes it so easy to just insert a new piece of art in front of the old artwork without having to take down the frame each time (it doubles as a storage place for those priceless drawings!).
I also love going to flea markets to find vintage frames. They’re so ornate and full of character and charm. There’s something distinctive about marrying the old with a modern photo or piece of artwork. Here are some frames I’ve collected from flea markets and yard sales throughout the year. Recently, I decided to give them all the same splash of teal, a fun opportunity to let the kids help paint.
If you really want to make grand statement, DIY with style and make your own vintage-inspired frame by layering crown moulding and baseboard trim that again, you can find at Lowe’s and Home Depot. Just use the same plans as above.
OK fellow DIYers, inspire us with your ideas! I would love to see how you showcase your budding artist’s masterpieces. And don’t just think about decorating your own home with your kid’s art. The holidays are coming up, and what better present for grandma than a one-of-kind original in a beautiful frame!