Decorating with Cotton balls, Pipe Cleaners and Construction Paper
I have a two year old. She is amazing. It seems most places we go these days, however, she is finding, collecting and bringing random items home. Sticks from the backyard, leaves from our walks, or 10 paint brochures form Home Depot (yes, I allow her to choose a few she is “considering.”) But then there is the actual “art” she creates at church and pre-school. Most of the time it has a pipe cleaner, cut up straw or some type of cotton ball glued to it. I love each “creation” but have been wondering how we might collect these items. As parents do we secrretly throw away 90% of the “art” or what is the best plan? You can see I am very early in this journey!
But then I came up with the idea to display one 3D item at a time. And maybe let the rest hang out in the trash can? Is that terrible? So, heres what I did…
1. I took apart an old frame. Removed the glass, the mat.
2. Used an Almond color spray paint to sray the frame.
3. Before it dried fully I took a piece of plastic and scraped away the paint from all the edges on the frame.
4. Cut up an old curtain and stuck the fabric to the inside of the frame. (Spray adhesive would be best…I used spray paint since I didn’t have the former.) I might switch out the fabric based on the time of year? Maybe? Too ambitious? Maybe.
5. Then put it all together and simply used tape to put the “art” into place.
Here is the finished product with last weeks church take home..
And one from pre-school, that may have hung out in the car for a week, hence the slightly wrinkled look.
And finally both together.
Maybe this is an old trick…like all you moms out there are like, “Yeah, we’ve all tried that trick,” if so, thats okay. Today I like this idea. Caroline even seems to like glancing up at her framed creations and commenting on them. Any other moms have good art displaying techniques?