Today I received an email question about this art so I decided to just do a post about it.
Heather G., this posts for you!
Like FREE was what I was thinking.
With six kids the one thing I have is kids art. They wonder why I saved the stuff, but I see not only their memories, but my memories when I look at the crayon drawings, tissue paper butterflies, and self portraits.
13 years later I can't bear to take them down, although I need to add a sixth board somewhere since the youngest couple of kids don't have any art on the walls.
|Stairway Wall Art|
No rocket science involved, and nothing drastically creative, we had to be quick, remember?.....company was coming!
As the years went on these paper mache masks started to appear. My kids all had the same elementary school art teacher and she never deviated from what she had them make.
I think the green one must be a mouse, but I have no idea what the one below is. A purple pig? A purple bald clown pig? With white furry eyebrows?
One by one I started adding the masks to the wall.
|Deep, Dark Hallway between kids rooms|
Look at the bottom left of the photo above, that is a dog butt! This photo bombing of Mo's is really starting to be distasteful. You can also see towels folded in the distance which is an improvement over the photo I used for Kristins post - she got a sheet hanging up to dry!
You all know I am such a princess I never do laundry right? HA.... wrong.
#3 kid, (#2 son) made a self portrait in 2nd grade.
Rather disturbing that he was an armless jail bird.
The hall way between rooms is long and dark and I've never even considered taking their art down to hang something else. I guess I should thank our company for planning a trip when they did. If they wouldn't have been coming to vacation with us, the walls might still be empty, or worse yet, not have my memories hung to admire every day.
The frames below are made from inexpensive cove molding around the sheetrock. The cove was mitered and attached right on the wall after the sheet rock was hung.
I see there is one paper mask among the others - must of been a substitute teacher or low funds at school for that kid.
The paper mache masks have all fallen off the wall a time or two. Not because my kids ran willy nilly down the hall wielding swords or throwing balls or anything like that of course.
All the frames have a piece of plexiglass over them to preserve the artwork and that is what makes them look like a giant frame. We used plexiglass instead of real glass for the same reason the masks may have fallen off the wall a time or two! We had to protect the whole thing from any Superman, Spiderman, or Hulk that might pass by.
Yes my kids were allowed to run and play and at least the glass in these frames could never break!
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