Tuesday, May 10

Making a Watercolor Artwork Frame

This artwork frame was made to hold watercolor paintings that my children create. I wanted something similar to the (very difficult to get and expensive) beautiful traditional Waldorf artwork frames. I purchased the frame unfinished and added a backing so that artwork can be easily slid in and out to rotate each child's paintings.

The unfinished frames were found in the crafts/unfinished wood area of Walmart. First a coat of light stain was added to the wood and after it dried beeswax polish was rubbed over the frame. Hanging hardware was attached for hanging.

For the backing, I cut cardboard and using a staple gun, I stapled the cardboard onto the back of the frame. Depending on the painting's size some required trimming and then easily slid into the back of the frame.

The frames look nice in a play area where we can all admire the watercolor paintings that my children enjoy making so much.

And when we are ready for a change they can be easily changed out and still saved of course for projects and crafts!


Stephanie said...

What a great idea! I have been looking for a good way to get a frame that can be used for the kids work! The ones that you buy that can have the work slide in an out a really expensive, but this is a great solution! Thanks for sharing!

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Mama Goose said...

I love the frame idea. We will be making some soon. And I love the way you hung your silks in one of the other photos. Thanks for sharing the ideas, simple and practical.

meghann said...

Those are lovely! I love working with those frames - so simple and so many things can be done with them. I did ones years ago with tissue paper and Mod Podge for a friend's baby shower. I think I'm going to have to dig the leftover frames out of the attic & try your beautiful idea, though - so simple and natural and perfect! xo

mobile shredding said...

that is a great idea. The wood looks really lovely. there are loads of bits i could frame from my kids but this way they look nice too rather than just put on the fridge!

Anonymous said...


May I ask where you purchased the cubicle storage? We keep trying to find a great and easy way for the boys to get to their toys.

Thank you for the great blog and info!

Amy said...

The cubbies came from www.discountwoodworks.com (w/ free shipping). All their products are unfinished so I put on 3-4 coats of low gloss Tung Oil Finish. The cubbies are under the "storage" heading.