how to create a kids' art gallery wall

June 13, 2012

After a lot of work and some help from Ben, I finally got my art gallery wall going this weekend. The balloon art that we made earlier this week looks great in the frames! (See this post to see how we made this project.) 

I thought I'd share a few thoughts about the whole kids art gallery process--in case you are looking to do the same thing in your home. 

1. Frames

Frames instantly add a special touch to kids art. It elevates it and makes it feel extra special. And kids LOVE seeing their art in a frame. 

You can use any kind of frame, I just went to goodwill (my favorite store) and bought some old wooden ones that I spray painted an antique copper. I think the larger frames cost something like $1.91 a piece and the smaller one was maybe .75 cents. 

2. Colors

You can frame any artwork that is special to you, but I tried to make sure I chose pieces that worked well together. I used color to make my choices--meaning I looked for pieces that all had the same bright, saturated colors going on in them. 

3. Other art

I like mixing in other art with my kids' art. The two smaller horizontal frames are actually some art work I found at goodwill that I bought just because I liked it. They've been sitting in our garage for almost a year now. I am glad I finally found a place to display them. 

Displaying them together with my kids' art shows that my kids art is just as important and just as beautiful to me as professional artwork. 

4. Room for more

You can see that one frame is still empty. It's waiting for  Lucia to fill it with her next masterpiece. Since I know that I need a smaller piece of art, I'll probably cut a piece of paper that size and have her paint me a picture on it. I'll be sure to choose bright colors for her to work with so it will go well with the rest of the pieces already on display. 

If I had more space, I'd leave several more empty frames so that we could fill it over the summer. But since I don't, I'll just have to start making a new gallery wall someplace else! 

5. Hanging the frames

This is the trickiest part for me. I like to lay them out on the floor to see what shape and arrangement I like. Then I take a photo of it. 

Next, I cut out shapes of all the frames (from paper) and try to recreate my arrangement on the wall using the paper templates and tape. This takes me a lot of time and feels extremely maddening while I'm doing it, but in the end, I'm glad I took the time because it saves me from making too many nail holes in the walls. 

That's pretty much it! How do you display your children's art in your home? 

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