Friday, January 27, 2012

Window Frame Cork Board

There is no danger in this turning into a craft blog. I completely lack creative ideas, but occasionally I actually have a successful idea.

I was looking for a way to display the children's art work. Frequently, the children make drawing that they want to hang. Magnets on the fridge and tape on the walls was losing it's appeal. I needed something easy to change to a new picture but in some way look a little planned and less haphazard.

A friend gave me an old six pane window. I knocked out the glass (carefully) and all the old putty around the glass. I chose not to change the frame at all, just cleaned it up a little. I liked the look of the old chipped paint on the frame.

I bought a roll of thin cork and Ed glued the cork to foam board and cut it to size. He used glazing points to fasten the cork into the window frame. He added a wire and screws for hanging.

A simple project but I love the result. The cork isn't terribly secure and could pop out if handled roughtly, so I ask the children to let me push the tacks in. I think it looks great empty, or filled with the children's masterpieces.

Not fine art, but perfect for our home.

How do you display your children's artwork?


  1. I think this is a wonderful idea! Thank you for sharing it with us!

  2. Love this idea!! I might borrow it for the grandchildren's art, currently it is displayed on the side of an upright freezer, in our mudroom, not very appealing...

    have a lovely weekend,

  3. Really like this! My sister recently gifted me with an old window almost identical to yours that she turned into a mirror.

  4. Great idea Gina! I love the chipped paint look too.
    Have a wonderful weekend!

  5. That looks wonderful! I have a cork board in the kitchen that I use to display artwork and the weekly Bible verse. Your board is much more attactive. :)

  6. I love this idea! I will be watching for windows this spring at garage sales.

  7. What a great idea! I display our girls' artwork on the fridge. Let me rephrase that-they kindly display it on the fridge for me, lol! After awhile, we do run out of room. So, even though it's extremely hard to part with some of it,(if I kept each piece, I'd run out of room!) I keep some and put it in a binder with page protectors. I love looking through it at times and so do the girls :)

  8. Since we don't have children (yet) I rely on other parents to share their wonderful ideas. One such idea came from one of the parents at preschool. The childrens' playroom was downstairs so she stenciled the alphabet around the room near the ceiling and put vertical lines between them to the floor. Whenever her children brought home artwork, they would find a spot for it in the correct alphabet column. I am sure her children were much younger, so it worked for them, but I ak sure there are other ways of dividing the spaces up. Seasons, Plant/Animal/Mineral, Feelings, or even just letting each child have their column, to name a few. I really like the window idea though..very classic and simple.

    Thanks for sharing!

  9. I love this idea! Linda W

  10. It turned out very cute, Gina! I bet it looks great in your lovely new great room. :-)

  11. Very cute and great idea! Just a thought, can you spray paint cork board? I was thinkin if you could spray paint it a color, it would look like part of the frame, or at least keep the cork board from being as noticeable.

  12. Lovely idea. I display my son's artwork in picture frames, on the frig and then in page protectors in a binder. He enjoys looking through the pages of his artwork. This past Christmas I used Modpodge glue to preserved his drawings on papermache ornaments.

  13. We're going to give the kids a big bulletin board one of these days. My husband is a little worried about tacks and little feet, but I told him I thought it would be experiential learning :)

    Your repurposed frame is very cool.

  14. Your cork board turned out very cute! I hope your family enjoys it. For our artwork, we purchased large, inexpensive black photo frames (some with mats, some without). None match in style, but all are black. We created a display wall in our kitchen in our little eat-in area. It is much less expensive than purchasing "fine art" -- although much more precious -- and we have a rotating display all the time.


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