Tuesday, September 2, 2014

DIY Wall Art Collage - Clip Frames

Upstairs we have a big open space that we like to call the loft.  When we had Hudson, we gated off the majority of that area to give him a safe place to play.  And as Hudson grew and began coloring, drawing and painting, I wanted a place to display his artwork.  A quick search for inspiration on Pinterest led me to this post on Shanty2Chic.  I fell in love with the fabric and knew it'd be perfect for this project.  Here was my first crack at it...

However, I was never exactly happy with it.  So after sitting on it for months and months, I spent the labor day weekend shopping for a couple more frames and some spray paint to give that wall a little more color!  Before we get to the final reveal, let's walk through how I created each frame.  Here are the materials you'll need.
I went to Lowe's and bought a large sheet of plywood which I had cut down into 4 8x10's and 2 11x14's - one board for each of my frames.  I then cut the fabric to size, leaving about an extra inch all around.   Next up, a little staple gun action.

I then used my hot glue gun to secure each of the boards to the frame.  And finally, I finished it off with a large silver clip.
I repeated the same process for each of the frames.  The only difference was four of them received a quick paint job.  The coverage and finish of the Vaslpar spray paint I got at Lowe's was fantastic!
With all six of my frames ready to hang, I got out the blue tape.  I made a rough tape outline of each of the frames and designed my collage.  The blue tape also helps with knowing exactly where to put each nail.
And there you have it - complete with Hudson's latest masterpiece. :)
I LOVE how colorful the wall is now!  And it ties in perfectly to the colors already in the loft.  Hudson loves pointing out his artwork, saying "I made that!!".  Seeing him so proud makes me one happy mama.



  1. Love this Ash!! So cute! I might actually have to try this...

    1. Thank you! I can't wait to see how it turns out!