Simple Frames for Your Child’s Artwork

by , posted on April 17th, 2012 in Arts & Crafts, home, Ideas and Inspiration

Every child is an artist. The problem is how to remain an artist once we grow up.
—Pablo Picasso

The refrigerator is a great place to display your children’s artwork. But for really special pieces, try framing them. Here’s a super simple and inexpensive way to showcase your child’s art in your home.



You’ll need:

A piece of foam board
Cutting surface (a quilters mat works great for this)
Xacto knife with fresh blade
Masking tape
Paint pen

Step 1

Trim foam board to fit your child’s art work with a 2 to 4 inch border. You can adjust however you like.

Step 2

Lay art work face down in the middle of the frame and outline it with a pencil.

Step 3

Use the xacto knife and ruler to trim 1/4 inch in from the outline. It’s important to have a fresh blade on there or else you’ll end up tearing the foam board. And once it starts to tear, it’s kind of a pain to fix.

Step 5

Lay artwork in frame. Tape it in place.

Step 6

Take your paint pen and draw a frame around the work. Keep it simple or go crazy with it. You could even have the kids decorate the frames themselves. Just mount their work after they decorate the frames so they don’t accidentally get paint pen on their masterpiece.

You can leave the frame as is and prop it up on a shelf. But if you’re planning on hanging it, here’s what to do next…


You’ll need:

Glue gun
String, twine or yarn

Simply add two dots of glue about a quarter of the way down the backside of the frame and affix a piece of string. That’s it.

I’ll leave finding the perfect spot to hang it up to you. Have fun with it!

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One Response to “Simple Frames for Your Child’s Artwork”

  1. Caroline Says:

    April 18th, 2012 at 9:12 pm

    SUPER idea! Love, love love.

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