For a while I’ve wanted to come up with a solution to showcase my daughter’s artwork. Not wanting to go the traditional route and put it on the refrigerator, I opted to create something that was unique to her and could be kept in her bedroom. My solution? Create a display center using a cookie sheet, Elmer’s Painters Markers and some magnets. You can see a full a full description of my shop with photos in my Google + album.
For a while I’ve been tossing around using cookie sheets as an artwork display solution so finally, after a week of extremely windy weather and heavy rains, we had a sunny day. I could actually go outside and spray paint without the risk of myself and our house being speckled in paint.
For this project you need the following supplies:
- Cookie sheet – anyone will do. I bought a new one because I didn’t want to mess with scraping off burnt on stuff. Just make sure it has a smooth surface.
- Spray paint – get one that is made for metal. All brands are not created equal. Let’s just say I bought some at a craft store and it did not work. At all. So instead of yellow, my board was pink.
- Elmer’s Painters Markers
- Elmer’s Craft Bond Glue
- Embellishments of your choice
- Command Strips
The first step is to paint your cookie sheet. If you want, take extra fine sandpaper and go over the surface that you’ll be painting. Spray the sides of the tray first, applying 2 coats (allow 20 minutes drying time after each coat). Flip the cookie sheet over and paint the front, also applying two coats. Let the sheet dry for 24 hours to ensure the paint is fully set.
The next step is to unwrap your Elmer’s Painter markers and get them ready to paint. You have to press the point of the marker onto some paper and wait a few seconds for the paint to start flowing.
Because I can’t write in a straight line to save my life, I have to use something a a guide. The packaging on my Elmer’s Craft Bond glue worked perfectly. One of my daughter’s favorite songs to this day is Twinkle Twinkle Little Star so I thought it was only fitting to put Shining Star on her display board. After writing out shining star with the painters markers, I then used the craft bond glue to adhere the stars I also painted with the painters markers. These markers work great for me because I’m not the steadiest with a paint brush AND I don’t like to clean brushes (who does?).
I also found some round magnets at home and painted them with the painters markers. These are a little bumpy so next time I’ll probably use some fabric and modge podge so it’s not as visible.
After you’ve got your board completed, you can use whatever method you like to hang your artwork display board on the wall. Because we rent, I opted to use Commands Strips which will easily come off when needed.
And wallah, you have your finished product! We can easily change my daughter’s artwork whenever her heart desires and she can proudly show her friends her latest masterpieces!
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