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DIY Crafts, DIY Home Decor, DIY Kids Activities

9 Favourite Ways to Display and Store Kids’ Artwork

In a feeble attempt to start organizing my home, I started sifting through Little C’s bins of artwork we have stuffed in various places throughout our garage house. I adore every little bit of art she creates, be it a sheep made out of cotton balls or her first ever “people” that looked like potatoes on stilts.

I had no choice but to put many pieces in the recycling bin – one can only keep so much paper! Imagine keeping every piece of art your child makes for their whole lives? You’d have a houseful! I’ve been researching creative ideas on how to store and display children’s art, and there are so many wonderful ideas out there. Here are some of my favourites; I hope you find them inspiring too!

9 Favourite Ways to Store and Display Kids' Artwork - The DIY Mommy

  1. Clipboard Art Display from Clean & Scentisible
  2. Children’s Drawings as Art (Rod & Clip Display) from The Style Files
  3. Mailing Tubes as Art Storage from Martha Stewart
  4. Kid’s Artwork Scrapbook from Glass Half Full
  5. Framed Children’s Art in a Bedroom from Velvet & Linen
  6. Art on a Duvet Cover from A Thousand Words
  7. Art Collage in a Big Frame from Decor8
  8. Kid’s Artwork on Upcycled Cabinet Doors from I Heart Organizing
  9. Artwork and Photo Displays from A Thousand Words

Do you keep your children’s artwork? How do you display or store it?

DIY Crafts, DIY Home Decor, DIY Parties & Holidays, Free Printables

Free Christmas Bible Verse Wall Art Printable (& Our Christmas Tree Story)

Tomorrow is December 1st and I’ve finally had a chance to put up our little Christmas tree. I didn’t think we’d fit it in our 800 square foot house this year with now two children (and so many baby and preschooler toys and crafts in every nook and cranny), but I made it work. We’re in the process of building a new home on our acreage (our current one that we’ve been living in for over 6 years will become a garage) and I’m calling to action every patient bone in my body as I do my best to wait for it to be done!

I was so proud of my little 3 year old. She was incredibly excited to decorate the tree, and she did most of it except for the very top and the garland. She spaced out the ornaments ever so precisely and alternated between the silver, gold, red and turquoise colours so well. She’s an artistic little one, wouldn’t you say?

2012 Christmas Tree by The DIY Mommy

I think it’s country-cute and fun and I’m not going to change it one little bit.

I truly cherish the Christmas season, and it’s fun to start new traditions with our little family (and hang on to the old traditions I loved as a child). We can’t do tons of decorating this year because of limited space, but I’m glad we’ve found room for our tree. I’ve also made some 8×10″ artwork from one of my favourite Bible verses that I’ll put in a frame on our living room side table. If you’d like to use it to, please feel free to print it out from this PDF link: The DIY Mommy Christmas Bible Verse Printable (It’s shabby chic in burlap & red – one of my favourite colour and texture combos for Christmas decor!)

Isaiah 9:6 Christmas Bible Verse Burplap & Red Free Printable by The DIY Mommy

It’s Isaiah 9:6:

“For to us a child is born,
to us a son is given;
and the government shall be upon his shoulder,
and his name shall be called
Wonderful Counselor,
Mighty God,
Everlasting Father,
Prince of Peace.”

I truly hope you have a blessed first week of advent, friends!

DIY Crafts, Free Printables

This home runs on… – Free Printable Artwork

by Christina Dennis

Wow, it’s been one of “those” weeks. Er, couple of weeks. I have a baby that is an angel-girl by day and Frankenbaby by night. There have been some things that have happened to close friends and family recently that have been very heartbreaking to see.

Sometimes a mommy has to slip into “survival mode” and do the best she can amidst lack of sleep and difficult circumstances.

I’ve come to the conclusion that I rely on three things when I have days like these: God’s grace, love for my family, and coffee. Good, strong coffee. If you’re like me, you might enjoy this free printable artwork that I am going to hang in my kitchen.

"This home runs on the grace of God, love, and strong cups of coffee." - Free printable by The DIY Mommy

Download this free printable artwork PDF (for personal use): The DIY Mommy – “This Home Runs On…” Free Printable Artwork

What do you rely on when you’re going through a tough time in mommyhood?

DIY Business & Blogging, DIY Crafts

Make DIY Photo Backdrops with Fabric or Paper

by Christina Dennis

DIY Photo Backdrops by The DIY Mommy

I love taking photos of my two girls! They’re just so darn cute and I want to capture every stage of their little lives with images that I can treasure forever. While I like to take photos with natural backgrounds (like the beautiful outdoors), I also like to experiment with creating interesting backdrops with easy and inexpensive materials that I have in my crafty arsenal. My favourite materials to use as backdrops are simple fabrics and white banner paper – both of which also work really well ask backdrops for product photography if you’re a DIY mommy that sells her creations!

DIY Photo Backrops by The DIY Mommy

For a simple white backdrop for photos, I use banner paper. It comes in very long rolls and you can buy it at most stationery or office supply stores. My favourite setting to take photos in is outside at the middle of the day when it’s cloudy (it’s daylight, but the sun can’t cause shadows). I roll out a long piece of banner paper, and tape it up to the side of my house with packing tape as high as I need it to be. Then, I let it roll gently onto the ground at least 5 feet and secure the bottom with whatever heavy things I can find. In this case, stumps! I then set my subject (here, it’s a bag for my Golly Gee! Baby line) on the paper, about 6″ from the side of the house and I shoot away. I always take many, many pictures so that I have lots to choose from when I’m editing them.

DIY Photo Backrops by The DIY Mommy

If I’m looking for a photo backdrop with a little more pizazz, I use some brightly coloured fabric! Here, I’ve used a bolt of quilter’s cotton in a lovely aqua shade with small polka dots. The dots are cute, but they’re not busy enough to distract from my subjects which are my dear girls for this picture!

And, as the photo above shows you all, here’s my secret to crafting with two children in the house: RARELY CLEAN YOUR HOME. *wink*

Here, I’ve placed the end of the fabric on top of my (messy) kitchen island (iron out the fabric first if it’s wrinkly or has a crease down the middle) and secured it with heavy objects. Let the fabric drape down to the floor, and continue it a few feet on the floor in front of your island, counter, table, desk or whatever high object works! Place your subjects a few inches from the back of the fabric and snap away!

DIY Photo Backrops by The DIY Mommy

In both cases, I open up my favourite shots in Photoshop and edit them a little. First, I’ll crop the image so that I take out any secret things I don’t want in it (like tree stumps or messy kitchens). If there’s only one other edit I do, it’s open up the “curves” window and lighten the image (as shown above). Sometimes I’ll adjust the colour balance and other things, but my Photoshopping skills are minimal so I usually keep it pretty simple.

Here’s the finished product using a fabric backdrop and my darling girls (I took at least 50 shots, cropped the photo and lightened it):

DIY Photo Backdrops by The DIY Mommy

And here is one using banner paper outside with one of my products (I cropped the photo, lightened the background, and then ended up erasing the background completely using the eraser tool):

DIY Photo Backdrops by The DIY Mommy

While they’re no substitute for professional photos, DIY photos of children and DIY products are so much fun to experiment with! Try playing with paper and fabric next time you take some photos and see what you can come up with that’s interesting and unique.

Christina Dennis is the creator and designer behind Golly Gee Baby, a collection of unique and colourful baby clothing and accessories that are ethically manufactured.

DIY Crafts, DIY Home Decor, Free Printables

Free Fruit of the Spirit Wall Art Printable

by Christina Dennis

I have to argue that three-year-old toddlers are more of a challenge to parent than two-year-olds. “The Terrible Threes” – it has a ring to it, no? While I love my children more than words can express, today was one of those days where my toddler was more than a handful and I felt myself spiraling downward near the end of the day.

Last week, I designed myself some artwork to hang on a wall in our home based on these verses from the Bible:

22 But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, forbearance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, 23 gentleness and self-control. Against such things there is no law. (Galatians 5:22-23)

I admit that today was a day where I felt I did not share some of these in my home, but it is these difficult days that remind me that I need to rely on God’s Spirit to parent my girls with these qualities. Tonight, I am thankful for God’s strength and His grace. I am thankful for a loving support system of family and friends that encourage me as a mother.

I am sharing this printable artwork with you with the hope that it will encourage you too!

This free PDF download is a 5 x7 piece of artwork. You can download it here: The DIY Mommy Fruits of the Spirit Printable

Christina Dennis is the creator and designer behind Golly Gee Baby, a collection of unique and colourful baby clothing and accessories that are ethically manufactured.

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