Thursday, September 2, 2010

appreciating the arts

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.


Jenny said...

I love this idea. So cute. I may have to try this, is it ok if I steal? And Asher, way to go getting started at school all sweet and cute. I can't believe he is so grown up already. I love the finished room so pretty. Way to go Sloan! ;)

Lisa said...

This is cheap art, at high value! I would love a piece to put on my art wall! (maybe for Christmas?)


Becca said...

Lookin' good! Can't wait to see the final craft room!

twolittletots said...

what a great idea! i am looking for some cheap frames for art!