My kids, like most kids, love drawing, coloring, cutting, gluing and painting. It is one of their favorite things to do around the house. Especially Big Monkey. He loves drawing and we are always encouraging him to display his art for everyone to appreciate. It also boosts his confidence and it has helped him get out of his shell a little bit, which is lovely.
I wanted for each of the kids to have a board in their rooms to display not only their art, but also to keep their birthday invitations, their school awards and all their other bits and pieces. The difficulty was trying to find the right board for them. There were many things to consider : their personality, their needs…The board had to be able to hold drawings A4 size at least so a handmade one would not be much help. A cork notice board was also ruled out as I wanted to avoid drawing pins in their bedrooms – the idea of something sharp in their room and they walking around barefooted… a big no, no!! I also considered a white board but I was nervous that the drawing would not be restricted to the board and that it would extend around the wall. Another no.
In the end I decided to go with a magnetic board. Magnets are safe enough right? I didn’t want a boring one, or a random one. I wanted one that would suit their bedrooms, fit into their color scheme and that would grow with them.
HOW TO DISPLAY YOUR KIDS ART – A MAGNETIC BOARD
I knew exactly what I wanted so I went out out and bought a simple white magnetic board and some dc fix and got to work.Measure the back of your board and cut the dc fix to that size – it will be a slightly bigger than the front which will give you some room to play with.Peel the back of the dc fix on one side and center it on one side of the board. Keep peeling and sticking, small areas at a time. Make sure to flatten the paper with your fingers as you are sticking the paper to make sure that there are no air bubbles left on it. When you have all the whiteboard covered, get something sharp (I used a knife) and press the paper well towards the frame making sure that the dc fix gets right in the corners. Then just cut the excess and your board is ready.
I added a bit of string with some pretty pegs so the kids would be able to hang more bits and pieces and I placed the boards by their desks in their rooms. I hope that being able to display their art encourages their creativity. I really do.