DIY frame wallpaper

From the excellent Artful Parent Blog. All image and text are copyright Jean Van't Hul

DIY Frame Wallpaper for Children's Art

I made some quick and easy frame wallpaper for my kids and their art yesterday by taping up some wide white butcher paper and drawing an assortment of frames on it. Maia, Daphne, and our friend Marlise all had lots of fun drawing pictures inside the frames, decorating the frames themselves, and, in some cases (mostly involving the toddler) drawing all around the frames. It was a hit! And all I needed was paper, tape, and drawing tools.

We've done this before on the chalkboard, but I thought I'd try an even larger version with paper this time. I was inspired by this wallpaper (found via Pinterest) but wanted something easy, inexpensive, and not quite so permanent.

I love how it looks, though, and plan to leave it up for a while...

Here's How I Made the Frame Wallpaper

DIY Frame Wallpaper for Kids Art

First I hung the butcher paper on the wall with masking tape and some moral support from Daphne. I trimmed the paper off near the baseboard and taped the bottom to the wall as well.

DIY Frame Wallpaper for Kids Art

Then I drew a variety of shapes and sizes of frames with a black sharpie. This was Daphne's nap time but she took a shorter-than-usual nap yesterday then directed my frame drawing, telling me to "draw a little, little frame here, Mama."

DIY Frame Wallpaper for Kids Art

When Maia and Marlise came home from school, they started right in with their drawings...

DIY Frame Wallpaper for Kids Art

They collaborated on some of the drawings and also worked on their own pictures.

DIY Frame Wallpaper for Kids Art

The girls had a new box of oil pastels to use. I thought they'd be a good choice for this project because they go on so smoothly and vibrantly. Also, you can use the side of the pastel for filling in larger areas. While I demonstrated using the side, though, they stuck to drawing with the tip.


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