If 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.
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.
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.
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.
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 🙂
I laid the backing on the floor (with the inside facing up) and arranged the pages of artwork on it.
When I got the art arranged how I wanted, I began removing the pages one at a time and applying glue under them.
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.
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.
Then I put the shelves back in and started filling the bookcase back up with toys and books.
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!
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