3 Easy Ways to Rotate the Art in Your Child’s Bedroom

February 26, 2012

Kids Corner

What could be a more pleasing to your child than using some of their own artwork as a decorative accessory for their room?

Bunting with the name 'Anne' spelled out.

Spelling out your child’s name on bunting is a festive way to decorate the room

Here are 3 ideas that can readily incorporate art created by your child.  They’re all simple to do — and easy to update, whenever your child is ready for something new!

Information on a few of the supplies you’ll need is below at the end.

Method #1: 

Decorative Bunting

The perfect way to display your child’s small drawings, their illustrations of  the ABC’s —  or to spell out your child’s name.

Along with the basic shapes of squares, circles, triangles or diamonds, you can make them even more decorative by creating shapes such as flowers, trains, butterflies or fish, for example.

There are two basic methods to attach the art to the cord of the bunting:

Thread each piece of the bunting through the cord:  While the ribbon threaded through the hearts in the picture above looks very stylish, it makes it a little more difficult to change out the art.

Use binder clips or cloths pins to attach the art to the bunting cord:  This method makes it very easy to change out one or all of the elements on the cord.  In many cases, you won’t even have to take the bunting down.

In either case, you can secure each end of the bunting cord to the wall or ceiling with the type of hooks used to hang plants from the ceiling.

If you hang the bunting from the ceiling, these 3 areas are generally good places to display it:  across the wall above the bed, across a window, or across the corner of a room.

Other effective places to string the bunting are :  between the posts on the headboard of a bed with posts (if the posts are tall) or across the posts at the foot of the bed, across the top of a bookcase or along the wall above closets and doors.

Method #2:

Matte Board or Stenciled Art Frames

Create frames with a stenciled border directly on the wall, or attach matte art frames with museum putty  — either will allow you to easily change the art displayed

Using stencils to paint frames on the walls:

Using matte frames is more versatile than stenciling a virtual frame, as the frames themselves can easily be displayed in different places.

But stencils can be a fun option, as you can create more elaborate or whimsical frames.

There are two tricks to make displaying art in matte frames easy to change as often as you’d like.

First:  Mount the frames to the wall with either Con-Tact adhesive paper or with museum putty (sometimes referred to as ‘earthquake’ putty).  Either method works well to attach lightweight matte frames to the wall without damaging either the wall or the frame.

And unlike painter’s tape, which should not be left on the walls indefinitely, there is no time limit after which your walls will become damaged with these methods.

Second:  The art that will be displayed is also attached to the wall (or to matte frame, if it has a backing) with the museum putty or Con-Tact paper.  This makes it very easy to change out the art, again without causing damage to anything.

Tip:  If you decide to use the Con-Tact adhesive paper method, save the backing that peels off.  Then, if you want to take a piece of art down to store it safely, you can re-apply the backing to the sticky back side of that art.

Method #3:

Magnetic Paint & Magnets

If you treat just a small area in your child’s room, such as a door or a part of  a painted piece of furniture (such as a door, the foot board of a bed or the side of an armoire), this is a quick and easy project.

There are pre-mixed magnetic paints available, but you can also buy a can of magnetic primer and paint any color over it.  You may also need extra strong magnets for larger works of art.  Magnets sold especially for this use are available.

The magnetic surface created can also be used as a bulletin board of sorts, as your child grows older.

Note:  If your child is very young, you may want to keep the use of the magnetic paint above the point where their hands reach.  Although this paint is supposed to be safe, it’s still a case of ‘better safe than sorry.’

Supplies You’ll Need

The picture below shows some of the supplies you will need.  The Earthquake Hold museum putty, the Con-Tact adhesive paper and the Krylon Magnetic Paint primer are usually available at hardware stores:

I found them all of these items at the Ace Hardware store on Grand Avenue in Oakland.

Although I haven’t run across any extra strong magnets locally, I did see some available during a recent search online.

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About DeAnna

DeAnna is an interior designer in Oakland, CA. "My favorite projects are those incorporating patterned fabrics. While growing up, I was fascinated by printed fabric designs & colors. Now, after more than 25 years in the field, finding the right fabrics is still my favorite part of the process."

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