Friday, January 13, 2012

Crafty Friday

Today, I'm going to do something a little different and link up with Vanessa @ The Crafty Nest for Do Something Crafty Friday.

I have thought about blogging about this project before, but I don't think I ever did.  So with the kids back in school, and making all those art projects and papers that they come home with, now seems like a good time to share it.

I had a box to keep some of the things in that Austin brought home from preschool, and now preK, but it was quickly filling up.  At the same time, his room was being turned from a Toddler room into his big boy room.  His room already had a partial wall covered in cork (you can buy it by the roll in JoAnn's or other craft stores), but I hated to just thumb tack everything to the wall and have a wall of jumbled papers and projects.  So I came up with a simple solution that works for us.

What you need:

  • length of small rope (found a bit of green rope at Lowe's for a couple of bucks)
  • various craft shapes for boys or girls (50 cents each at JoAnn's)
  • household clothespins
  • hot glue/gun
  • push pins to hang/support rope

And if you're careful with the hot glue, the kid(s) can help.  Austin loved this project.

Helping me with the rope/You can see where it is stretched across the top of the wall. You wouldn't even need cork on the wall for was just there when we moved here.

various (boy) craft shapes, glue to the clothespins.

 His room had a car/transportation theme..he picked out the dogs, too. :o)

We hung the rope with simple push pins at both ends, and one in the middle for support, and Voila!

He loves to help me pick which pictures to hang and change out, and it looks much less messy and chaotic than having papers just tacked all over his wall. AND the whole project was under $10.  And made for a fun afternoon where he could help me and take some ownership in his new room. :o)

If anyone has any other ideas of how to manage the paper influx that comes our way when kids start school, please let me know!  I will be needing all the help I can get!!
Have a great weekend!!

P.S. Still shamelessly pushing casually mentioning the drama free blog buttons up there in the side bar.  Thanks to all of you who have grabbed one!  Feel free to grab one if you haven't, if it's not your cup of tea, that's okay too.  :o)  It's going to be a peaceful, crafty, quilty 2012!

P.P.S. I was also asked to link up with  Toy's In the Dryer and their Fun Stuff Fridays by Lindsi.  Thanks Lindsi! :o)  If you have kids, head over to their site and check it out.  Looks like some fun things going on!

Fun Stuff Fridays


Such a great idea and this way he gets to keep his favourite things up there for as long as he wants! What are you going to do with them once you take them off the line? Just keep the ones that have a specific memory or milestone attached to them?

Anonymous said...

What a great idea! Thanks for sharing with us. :)

I might just try to make one for myself.

Vickie said...

Great idea, Kelli!!!

Maria said...

What a delightful room your little boy has. Love the idea with the line; very clever :-) Being an ex-teacher I spent a lot of my working life creating displays with treasures of 'my treasures'! lol

Melody said...

Clever you. This is a fabulous idea.

JoAnne said...

That is a really great solution to the problem! As far as other tips go, I know some people who have scanned things. In our family, at the end of the year I would go through papers and keep maybe 5-10. As she got older, I would explain that the fun is in the making--not necessarily the keeping! I do have several keepsake boxes with artwork and papers in them, though, and do treasure them.

Maria said...

What a wonderfuk way for your DS to display all his treasures. His room looks great.

Cute idea for a picture wall!

Wendy said...

That is such a great idea Kelli, useful and it looks good!! I love all your squishy mail from the previous post too.

What a fantastic idea! I don't have kids, but if I did this would be right up my alley. How fun that he got to help!

Lindsi B said...

Wow that is the cutest idea ever! I love the way they turned out! Such a fantastic post! Would you please share this with our readers for Fun Stuff Fridays?

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