Turn Your Child’s Artwork Into A Custom Bookcase

Turn your child's Artwork into custom a custom bookcaseIf you have little budding artists around your house, then you know how easy it is to accumulate piles of pictures and artwork. The coloring book pages I can part with, but the freestyle drawings that show so much imagination, I can never seem to throw away.

For example, in this picture, I was told that Elsa was going to see Jesus in heaven and her brothers were having a birthday party with cake. Meanwhile, Ariel (from The Little Mermaid) was eating ice cream with sprinkles.

Turn your kid's artwork into a custom bookcase

There really was no way I could get rid of this one.

Since our house looked like this one day, though, I knew something had to be done.

Turn your kid's artwork into a custom bookcase

In order to get my walls back, I wanted to come up with another way to display her artwork.

At one time, I hung them in frames in our living room.

Frames to Display Kids' Artwork

But since I couldn’t keep up with the supply, I needed another way.

The kids’ room has a cheap, white bookcase that I felt comfortable experimenting with.

Turn your kid's artwork into a custom bookcase

I decided to line the back of it with pictures and seal it down.

To begin, I removed the back of the bookcase. For those of you with nice, expensive furniture, you won’t be able to do this 🙂

Turn your kid's artwork into a custom bookcase

I laid the backing on the floor (with the inside facing up) and arranged the pages of artwork on it.

Turn your kid's artwork into a custom bookcase

When I got the art arranged how I wanted, I began removing the pages one at a time and applying glue under them.

Turn your kid's artwork into a custom bookcase

Once they were all glued down, I painted another layer of glue (I used my DIY Mod Podge) on top of them to seal it all down.

Turn your kid's artwork into a custom bookcase

It was hard not to get some of the pages to pucker no matter how much I smoothed them out. Since I’m not a perfectionist (at all!), I was ok with it. Once the panel is put back on behind the shelves again, it’s not noticeable.

The panel folded a little in two places so I nailed the panel back onto the bookcase while it was still a little wet. This allowed it to dry really flat.

Turn your kid's artwork into a custom bookcase

Turn your kid's artwork into a custom bookcase

Then I put the shelves back in and started filling the bookcase back up with toys and books.

Turn your child's Artwork into custom a custom bookcase

Now my daughter’s artwork is a permanent part of our home. If she keeps this hobby up, I may need to make wallpaper out of her artwork next!

Turn your child's Artwork into custom a custom bookcase

Turn your child's Artwork into custom a custom bookcase

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29 thoughts on “Turn Your Child’s Artwork Into A Custom Bookcase

  1. Seriously, where do you come up with this stuff?! I have a few pieces of artwork I am hanging on to as well because I can’t seem to let them go. I made a little Father’s Day gift out of some of them that I was pretty happy with (on the blog soon-haha!), but I still have some more. I would love to do this, it looks so awesome!

  2. This is a great idea! I also really love the picture frames you used to use. My 5 year old is constantly creating masterpieces and we don’t dare to get rid of any of them 🙂

  3. I love this idea! Very unique! I would only worry that other kids (like a playdate) would think it is okay to write on the furniture. I guess then you could cover the outside of the bookcase too! Thanks for sharing!

  4. I did something like this but I used 2 sided tape and put them on another paper that fit the shelf . then I used Velcro dots and made it so I could change it easy. I love this.

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