Last year Holden came home with a beautiful portfolio(really, that's what his art teacher called it), full of colorful and fun projects that I just couldn't wait to display. I had eyed the art work frames at Target, but just couldn't stomach the 25$ price tag. Becca had reminded me of a Martha Stewart project that would be great for kids art work as well.
Martha used these plastic frames(straight out of the 70's-you know you had them) as almost shadow boxes. They come in several sizes and cost no more that 4 dollars at the craft store.
Martha covered the sides of the cardboard insert with craft paper. That would be fun, but for this I sprayed them.
I used chalkboard paint because that's what I had and there was no reason to buy more black spray paint.
I like the flat finish as well.
I can't wait to get them hung in the boy's craft room. They will be easy to change out as I didn't even need to tape/glue down the art work. The only down side to these frames is the plastic seems to scratch easily and in weird places, I think that just might be the nature of this stuff. Inspect them carefully before you buy.