Saturday, 12 October 2013

DIY Children's Art Display Frame

A couple of years ago I was asked to review a personalised art display board from Noah's Art. Noah's Art is an online Australian store specializing in custom made canvas children's art display boards. You choose the design and colour scheme; Nichola makes every board to suit you and your preferences. As it was to be for Eli, I chose a dinosaur theme. It has certainly been very useful (and it is so cute!) in helping to declutter the fridge and reduce the amount of art work given to friends and relatives out of sheer necessity (my kids seem to have a you've-put-something-in-the-recycling-bin-while-I-wasn't-looking radar!)!

After a while I noticed that we were also using Eli's board for Lily's artwork. When I saw this frame at an op shop for $5 I decided it was time to provide Lily with her own art display board. The picture was damaged and was painted straight onto board - perfect for what I had in mind!

After a few coats of white paint I cut some heavy duty wrapping paper to size and glued it inside the frame. Note: thinner paper will bubble from the moisture in the glue.

I then attached two screw eyes to each side. I was able to screw these into the inside of the frame using a pair of pliers to hold each screw eye. I then attached some jute twine for some homeliness and a bit of a natural look.
I picked up these cute little ladybug pegs at the $2 store - perfect!
Here are the pegs in action - holding up some fabric letters!

The finished board hanging in Lily's room; this photo was taken just after it was hung on the wall (I used a wire hanging kit to attach some wire - unfortunately the original picture didn't have one on it when I bought it from the op shop. Probably one of the reasons why it was only $5!). It doesn't look like this right now though - every one of those pegs has a responsibility to hold up a treasured piece of art work (from 3D princess crowns to animal masks and drawings of Star Wars characters!).

This is one very easy and very functional DIY craft. I love that it is functional for all ages; art work for younger children and then as a bulletin board for older children/teens. Let me know if you make one of your own!


  1. It's brilliant in every way!! From repurposing a neglected picture, the hint about heavy duty wrapping paper, the little lady bug pegs to the awesome fabric letters, I love it all. An artwork to hold artwork!!

  2. Oh, I wish I'd written what Rachaeldaisy did, as I totally agree! Well done, looks fabulous!!

  3. What a marvellous idea, is your masterpiece!! Lily must be tickled pink at her beautiful bulletin board that her clever mum crafted for her!!

  4. love this idea Jeneta, great way to show Lily's art...


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