Up-cycled Picture Frames- A New Way to Display Kids Artwork

My husband and I made a pact when we bought our first house that we would never clutter up our refrigerator with piles of kids artwork.  We lived happily with our shiny polished fridge up until my daughter turned 3. Then it happened. The first day of Preschool. She leaves the house in the morning with a (hopefully) clean shirt and a grin and returns home with a stained shirt and a bag of art projects that she wants to display on the fridge.

I simply cannot deny my 3-year-old the proud honor of having her artwork displayed on the fridge. So now every time I open the fridge, which totals about 187 times a day, paintings of rainbows and butterflies fly across the kitchen. Not one square inch of refrigerator remains visible. Only by sheer memory am I able to locate the door handle to open it.

A few weeks ago, my mom passed down a pile of old wooden picture frames that were stacked in the attic. Now, they are a functional alternative to display the kids artwork. And now I can open and close the fridge 187 times a day without rainbow paintings fluttering across the room.

Here’s what you’ll need:

Large wooden picture frame (Base of frame must be made out of wood)

Eye hook screws (at least 4)

Paint & paintbrush

Clothespins or paper clips

Kitchen twine or mason string


Step 1. Prep frame. Remove glass and picture. If there are staples along the inside of the frame, remove them with pliers.

Step 2. Paint frame. Be sure to turn the frame over and paint the inside edge, where the staples were removed. This piece will be visible when completed.

Step 3. Screw eye-hooks on both sides of the frame. Depending on the size of your frame, you can make several rows.

Step 4. String your twine through the eye hook and tie at the opposite end.







Once completed, hang artwork, birthday cards, holiday cards or invitations up with clothespins or paperclips.

 Now open your fridge. Isn’t that better?







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