Friday, August 17, 2012

Displaying Kids Art and Promoting Independence

 A few weeks ago I showed you this hallway in our home tour and when I showed how we painted the stripes. But I didn't really talk about the "Fine Art Gallery". 

 I wanted a place to display all my little ones' masterpieces that they create and bring home from school as well as a spot to hang jackets and backpacks. So I thought this would be a perfect spot to do all of that. It is right off of or garage and close to our entry but sort of tucked away so it isn't the first thing you see as you walk in the door. The coat hooks are from Hobby Lobby. They come unfinished so I gave them a quick coat of white spray paint. The frames were all different frames that I found at Goodwill. I don't think any of them were white originally--until my best friend spray paint got a hold of them as well. I just took out the glass and cut some cork (you can find at Walmart, Hobby Lobby, etc.) to fit the frame and covered it with a natural colored burlap. The back of the frames isn't  very pretty because it is all just sort of shoved in there---but who sees the back anyway, right? I'm not even going to show you. :) I will say burlap is messy so beware. 

The vinyl I ordered (I can't remember where but there are plenty of sites out there) and wa la---The Waterman Fine Art Gallery was born.



Well, seeing that this week is back to school week and I am trying to promote a little more independence with my kiddos, I came up with a new project to add to  that little space.
 It all kind of started when I spotted these 11 x 17" bulletin boards at Hobby Lobby.

 ...and a few other materials.
First step, was to give the frames a coat or two of oil-rubbed bronze spray paint. (I knew I was covering the boards so I didn't bother taping them.)

 I found these cool Self-Sealing Laminating Pouches at Walmart and snagged a couple of each size (the larger size is 4 x 6" and the smaller is about 3 x 4").
 While my paint was drying I made some school-related graphics on my computer and printed them out on card stock. Then, following the directions, I laminated them with my self-sealing pouches. (Word to the wise: don't trim them too much or they won't have anything to stick to.)
 Here is the front of one of my cards.
 And here is the back.
 I punched holes at the top of each 
 and made a few goodies out of vinyl with my Silhouette. 
 By then, my paint was dry so it was time to cover the boards. I took my scrapbook paper and ran some scissors along the frame to create a crease to show me where to cut my paper.
 Once they were all cut, I just stuck them down with spray adhesive.


 Then I started placing and arranging things the way I liked them.

 My hooks were easy to put in because, remember, they're bulletin boards! Somebody was thinkin' eh?

 So here's my final project. The top shows what the kids have scheduled each day of the week while the bottom reminds them of what they need to bring to school when they go. (They're in preschool so they don't go every day quite yet...next year, sniff.)

 And the perfect spot? Right above their backpacks of course.
 Now, every morning when I ask, "Do you have everything you need?" , they have a visual to keep them in check.
They can then turn around each card to see if they forgot anything before walking out the door. If every card has a smiley face, we are ready to go. I'm hoping this helps them to accept some more responsibility so that mom isn't constantly running back in for things we forgot. I know my four year old will love this. She loves feeling like she's in charge. :)





 Okay, finally feeling like we're ready for the school year to begin.





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31 comments:

  1. I love your gallery wall & the idea of the kids visually seeing the reminders is a great idea! Thanks for sharing. I found your post from the Weekend Wrap Up Linky Party!

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  2. This wall is awesome!! So many wonderful ideas to use with my own kids here!Great job and youve got yourself a new follower:) Deidre~ http://simplysimplisticated4.blogspot.com

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    1. Thanks Deidre! I'll make sure and check your blog out as well!
      Have a great week!

      Susan

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  3. Hi Susan - Stopping by from the blog hop. Love this! So neat and organized! Have a great school year!

    makingitfeellikehome.blogspot.com

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    1. Thanks Tricia!
      I'll make sure I stop by yours as well! Love the name. :)
      Susan

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  4. Susan!! I just LOVE this!!! WOW!! I wish I had space in my home for one too!!

    Thanks so much for sharing this at The DIY Dreamer.. From Dream To Reality!

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    1. Thanks Christine! I'll make sure I try and share something each week!

      Susan

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  5. I love this!! I am your newest follower! :)

    Katlyn
    thedreamymeadow.com

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    1. Thanks girl! I'll come check you out as well! :)
      Susan

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  6. I really love this! It's exactly the sort of thing I would try and create if my hallway wasn't roughly the size of a shoebox.

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  7. Really good idea! I like how cute you made it and how it goes well in the hallway. :)

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  8. Susan this is awesome! I love all the different cards you created for reminders! Awesome! I love it! Thanks for sharing last week on Saturday Show & Tell at Cheerios and Lattes. You are a featured favorite this week! Can’t wait to see what you share this week!
    Mackenzie :)

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    1. Thanks so much! I'm so excited to be a feature too! I'll put a little something on my blog about it tomorrow! Looking forward to linking up again! Thanks again!

      Susan

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  9. This is awesome!! So organized but so cute too! Thanks so much for coming out to the party at Clean and Scentsible. I have enjoyed all of your link ups and am following along now. I'll be featuring this on Sunday. Have a great weekend!
    Jenn :)

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    1. Thanks so much Jenn! I have been a fan of your blog for quite some time so you really just made my day! :) Thanks for the feature! I'll continue to stop by and share on the Creative Spark.

      Susan

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  10. Popping over from ABFOL. Your gallery is a great idea and all DIY. The visuals are such a help for teaching kids to be organised. Well done.

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    1. Thanks Fiona! I try what I can to help my kids stay organized. Just checked out your blog as well! Oh how I wish I could sew... very cool. :) Have a great weekend!

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  11. Wow so many great ideas!! Looks great.
    http://inspiretoorganize.blogspot.com/2012/11/get-inspired-link-party-111212.html

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  12. what a great space. I love the flashcards for the days of the week too.

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    1. Thank you Colleen! It has definitely helped my kiddos know what to expect each day. :)

      Susan

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  13. Hi Susan...I am from Rivercliff Cottage (www.rivercliffcottage). I saw your post on Hometalk. Very clever and colorful.

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  14. Stumbled across your blogpost via Google, looking for Family Organizing Board ideas. Absolutely brilliant idea with the "Did you forget anything?"-board! Love it! This is so gonna be implemented in our hallway! Thanks a mil for the great inspiration :)

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  15. Hi Susan, I really like your idea of organizing the entry way. We just moved into a new home and I am planning to organize my entry way the same way you did. Can you please let me know where did you buy/find the shelf/rod you used to hang the jackets and school bags?

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