apple Our Fifth House: Framing Children's Artwork

Friday, March 2, 2012

Framing Children's Artwork

I was sifting through a pile of my children's artwork, looking for something to frame in my daughter's room, when I found a painting my son made for me when he was three.  As soon as I found it I gasped.  I thought I had lost this piece in our last move, so I was thrilled to come across it again.  I knew it needed to be framed and hung immediately.  I found the perfect spot in our family room.

Although, obviously I had already put the Christmas decor away months ago.  Anyhow, I decided to replace the horse photograph (it will surely reappear in another room) with my son's masterpiece.  The only problem was the painting was smaller than the opening in the matte.  To make up for that I used a piece of fabric as a backdrop.


I love the graphic punch the fabric adds.


This whole display with the ornate gold frame framing the black frame feels very "artsy" to me.  I love the fresh new look but mainly I just love seeing my son's three year old masterpiece framed in a place where I  can enjoy it every day (especially because he's almost 8 now - tear).



Just to freshen up the entire look, I also added a little ribbon trim to the lampshades with some double-sided tape.


My mornings blogging from the couch just got a little brighter.  It's hard to not feel inspired when you're looking at the creativity of a child.


Truly wonderful the mind of a child is - Yoda was right!

What do you like to hang on your walls?  For all you parents out there- what do you do with your children's artwork?

The winners of the Fish Foam Giveaway:  GretchenSuzi, & Jane@Cottage at the Crossroads.  Congrats ladies!  Please contact me at Carmelraye@yahoo.com to claim your prize.

Happy Weekend!  What are your plans?




*Linking up at Home Stories A to Z

23 comments:

  1. love the color it adds! btw i saw a post that made me think of you yesterday....
    http://vinnord.blogspot.com/2012/03/equestrian-flair.html
    and monday i have a post that you will appreciate coming. :) there's a little star wars in it.

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  2. Aw, I absolutely agree. Kids artwork is one of my favorite things to showcase, hands down. And this piece looks so great here- great pop of color with a fun modern touch because of the fabric backing. Love it!

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  3. Great idea! Love the pop of color from the artwork and the fabric backing is genius! Looks like you've got your MOJO back. Have a great weekend.

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  4. i love your son's artwork! it reminds me of the map of the northeast...long island, ny in gold and rhode island in red...provincetown, ma in red near the top. FANTASTIC!!

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  5. love the double frame. we have many "masterpieces" framed and the older my kids get (12 &15) the more I appreciate them.

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  6. I think this artwork is stunning! I keep all my kids' work and love to go back every so often and sift through it all. Against the black-and-white fabric the eye is immediately drawn to it. It is perfect that you get to enjoy it more now. Btw, I am impressed with your pics/vignettes. I really have to get myself a new camera :)

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  7. It definitely looks like a masterpiece to me.

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  8. Aww, it's perfect, Carmel! I bet he's so proud having it on display! Their artwork grows more valuable the older they get!

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  9. I love how you have hung your son's art in a place of honor! The colors really work with the decor and the frames and matting give a lovely layered look. Sadly my kids are is in several shopping bags in the craft room. I want to display it but I haven't figured out the best way to do that in our house yet!
    Sarah

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  10. Oh, girl that is great. Really pretty. You have inspired me. And check out your pretty photography skills!

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  11. I need to do something similar -- there are SO many pictures that my kids bring home. I was thinking about doing a kind of clothes pin line hanging project so we could switch them out, but framing them looks great, too.

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  12. I absolutely adore that painting! Children really are gifted little artists...and now she will have the pride of telling everyone that she did that piece of art everyone is admiring (c;

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  13. Oh, I just love it Carmel! It looks like it belongs in a gallery. ;-) Obviously that creative talent runs in the family!
    Vanessa

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  14. You seriously couldn't find a piece of prettier artwork or more perfect for your house.....love the colors and the way you matted and double framed it!! You have a little Picasso over there!

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  15. I love my kids artwork! I just framed some artwork my daughter painted in a huge ikea frame! I love it! Thanks for sharing!
    www.moddybee.blogspot.com

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  16. Seriously great art!!! It looks great, and of course I noticed the greek key right away!

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  17. Oh wow. That is seriously awesome. It looks very expensive--and even better it is so sentimental! Great idea.

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  18. Beautiful! The painting itself is amazing, but I love it paired with that fabric! And I'm thinking I need to add that gold greek key trim on my new lampshade!

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  19. I love the way it makes your son's painting pop. For a 3 year old he really had a great eye for combining colors!

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  20. This looks great Carmel! I love all of the layers, all the way out to the gold frame. By the way, I'm itching to paint something gold. Do you know what color you used on your gold entry chair? It seems so warm. Thanks!

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  21. Rustoleum Metallic Gold - best gold spray paint ever!

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  22. OK...whoa...he did that when he was 3???? You need to put some canvas in front of him and let him go to it! So pretty....you had me at black and white!

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Be nice or I'll tell your mom! xoxo -C

 
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