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My name is Erika. I'm in love with making art, collecting old things & chasing after my two kiddos. This blog is a peek into my happy accidents & plots of total world domination.

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DIY Glitter Clothes Pins and Easy Art Display

My little Nora is officially growing up and we went to her first art class. yay! I was actually surprised at how much I or we loved it.  We are just going down to the local community rec center that offers a toddler painting class.  I wasn't sure what to expect- I mean I knew they would be making art but hey I wasn't sure if it was just a few tables with crayons.  It was actually pretty great. There were several stations set up, a play doh, painting, craft, and of course I can't leave out the best one of all the macaroni station.  Nora came home with all of her art that she made.  She is hands down the messiest toddler in the room. It's crazy how much paint, macaroni and play doh wind up in her mouth.  We are both covered in paint and art supplies from head to toe before leaving class but she loved it. Her brush strokes are determined and she not afraid of color.   I think what I love most is the freedom of watching little kids paint. So now since I am coming home with her paintings- I really want to put them on display because I am so proud and she should be proud of what she makes. Here is my extremely easy 20 minute project to hang art or even some polaroids.
Supplies:
Clothes Pins- I used the mini ones
Acrylic Paint- I used Red and Gold
Glitter
Glue
Bakers Twine
Push Pins
Start out by painting the clothes pins- I did it in two rounds and it took about a minute to dry. Then apply a thin layer of glue on one side and apply glitter. I put a little pile of glitter on a piece of paper and then pressed firmly into the cloths pin. Then let dry.  Cut your bakers twine to the desired length and place push pins into wall. Tie the bakers twine and repeat on the other end.  Once your clothes pins dry- hang your art.

So easy and I think the longest part of the job is waiting for the glue to dry. Nora can see her art every day and appreciate it. This was a pretty fun and easy art display and it also looks fancy.. but really who doesn't love glitter?

25 comments

Diana Mieczan said...

How brilliant. I am so pleased that she had a blast and those glitter clothes pins are so sassy:) Kisses

Molly {Dreams in HD} said...

this is crazy cute! i use clothes pins for everything, and can imagine how much happier they would make me if they were glittery :)

Erin said...

This might have been her first "structured" art class, but having an artist for a mama means this was by no means her first art class! It's in her blood. And by the sound of it, her hair and mouth, too ;) xo

Christine Dinsmore said...

so sweet. it's so fun to see your kids in a different element isn't it? i've hoarded m+l so this fall will be their first year of school beyond classes like these. this reminds me i need to sign them up for a couple spring classes. the community centers here really do such a good job.

i love your glitter clothes pins! and i have that exact same bakers twine :)

Akshara Vivekananthan said...

Super adorable! I love that your hanging up her artwork, it must make her feel like a real artist! That is an additional boost of confidence to the creative mind! :)

Sara Strauss {Sincerely, Sara} said...

This is so cute! I love this idea!
~Sara

Juju at Tales of Whimsy.com said...

Mega smart! I must try this when my kiddo is a bit older.

Rach @ This Italian Family said...

This is absolutely precious! I love the little clothes pins!

Lauren said...

This is a great project. I've been meaning to grab one of those Ikea clip and wire thingys, but this is way more fun! And what a great time at the art class. Happy Mama, Happy Nora!

Teffy Perk said...

Ha so sweet and brilliant! I'm not the best at DIY, but this I reckon I could definitely pull off!

{Teffy's Perks} X

Jenni said...

Super cute! We haven't displayed much of the little guy's artwork. Though, he loves seeing his stuff on the fridge! I'll have to try this!

Emma Kate said...

This is such a cute diy- I love the touch of glitter! And I think that's fabulous that your little one is taking an art class. It's great to get them started young on creative things like that and it sounds like she had a blast!

Jessica (Coco/Mingo) said...

I've been seeing the glitter clothes pins around and was like, hey, I should just make it myself! Such a great DIY, Erika!

Jennifer Prod said...

i can't imagine more things i'd enjoy than going to an art class with my daughter - what a wonderful way to be creative and spend time together :) and those clothespins are great -- i've seen similar ones at paper-source!

Indy said...

What a cute idea to paint the clothes pins! I've been a fan of displaying art like this for a while, I just never thought to make the holders part of the art! :)

Chrissy@SimpleJoysBlog said...

That is awesome! I would love to find an art class like that for my 22 month old!

Courtney said...

Nothing makes me happier than when my little one comes home with artwork. I love what she creates! Such a super cute way to display it. Can't go wrong with glitter :)

rooth said...

Awww, you've got a budding artist on your hands. Why am I not surprised?

Krugthethinker said...

Nothing better than getting all covered in paint! That is an adorable project--Glitter makes everything more fun!

Krugthethinker said...

Nothing better than getting all covered in paint! This is an adorable project--glitter makes everything more fun!

Krystal // Village said...

thats a great idea!! now wesley just needs to be interested in coloring.

Katrina Sophia said...

that is a lovely idea! I got those cute lady bird pegs and am probably using them :)

Katrina Sophia Blog

A Belle Abroad said...

Ohhh, I love this. We have something very similar up for the kiddos' art work and seasonal things, but the glitter clothes pins make it so much more fun!

Eva said...

It's girly idea :)

Courtney Sweet said...

Oh! I just saw glitter clothes pins at the craft store and fell in love. But, I figured it was way too expensive for like 6 pins when it should be an easy enough DIY. Then bam here is the DIY =) Saving this for later for certain. Way to have excellent timing!

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