In the past I’ve been told, “Wow! How do make your home look like you don’t have kids?!? It’s like an art gallery in here!” (They wouldn’t say that if they saw the upstairs or the basement on any given day… YIKES!) I know they were paying me a compliment, but the comment actually stung a bit because I didn’t want my house to look “perfect” or look like kids weren’t welcome. I have two active, messy, wildly creative young boys (who happen to LOVE art)! Also, as an artist, my studio is covered in half-finished projects, piles of art supplies, random messes and paint splatters; far from perfect. I decided that if I was going to put my artwork on display throughout the house for guests to enjoy, that it was only fair that I display some of my boys’ artwork as well.
The first floor of my house is wide open. Next to our dinning table is a large horizontal window that is south facing. Since we moved into the house about four and half years ago I have had many different thoughts on what to do with that wall. After realizing that I should own my family’s quirky, creative style I decided to upgrade my kids art from the refrigerator to a main wall in my home and make them feel more loved and appreciated.
When they came home from school they saw all their art scattered on the floor. Gabe (my youngest) said, “Mom you’re making a mess! What are you doing with our art work?” I was so excited to tell them my idea! Gabe had the biggest smile on his face! He was super excited about the idea of seeing his hard work framed and hung on the wall. We looked through his artwork and picked out our favorites together. This idea was more than just putting kids art on a wall, it became a sweet bonding moment. I loved that he spent time picking out his favorite pieces with me and then hung around to watch me frame his work. It really made this project more tender than I had planned on.
When Sam came home (being a tween) he tried very hard not to show too much emotion, but it didn’t take long for his grin to emerge. He was really excited, too!
Below is the bucket holding ALL of my boys’ art work from the last several years…
I wish I had taken a photo of it all spread out, but I forgot.
I had a few frames laying around. I also ran to some thrift stores and grabbed some for dirt cheap. For bigger frames I went to Ikea. This project totaled under $100. I purposely chose to be eclectic with my frames because I love modern, contemporary, retro, victorian and traditional!
After I collected all the frames I wanted to use I painted them white.
Then I decided to paint that section of my house white.
On Sunday’s I like to have a little art class for my kids. I expose them to new artists and teach them about different art media. Can you tell? After Sam (my oldest) learned about Piet Mondrian he came up with his own version.
I know, I know I have more of a connection to this art than you guys (mom goggles) but again I love that my kids feel appreciated.
I just love the color and life this wall has!
I still need to fill my gumball machine with colorful gumballs. My kids remind me all the time! 🙂
I loved doing this so much with my boys. It’s inspired me to do more decor projects with them!
So what do ya think? Does this make you want to do a creative project with your kids? Maybe you’ve already done this. I want to know!