Those of you who have been reading this blog for awhile know that I am not crafty–I don’t like messes, multistep projects stress me out, I loathe construction paper, and I don’t own markers.
That said, I do have an Art Wall.
Now I had to have an Art Wall because my children draw, and just where was I to put all their lovely art work? On the table? On the kitchen counter? On the floor? In the trash? Nope. On the Art Wall.
Do It Yourself Art Wall
Of course I couldn’t make the Art Wall. (Remember, multistep projects stress me out.) So, I enlisted the help of my husband. “Dearest,” quoth I, “If I buy a chunk of wood and some clothespins, would you kindly glue the things on and screw the whole thing to the dining room wall?”
“As you wish, darling.”
Ah, what a great man I’ve married. He even took the time to accurately measure equal distances between my ten clothespins. (I’d have eye-balled it, if forced to do such tedious work.)
In any case, for those of you interested, here are the steps for making your own Art Wall.
11 Step Art Wall
- Decide how long you want your board to be. I had about a 5 foot space of wall for this project, so I wanted a board about 4 feet long.
- Look around your garage for spare hunks of wood. Grab a hand saw and cut it to your preferred length.
- No spare wood in your garage? No problem. Drive to Menards–if they’re open–and check their scrap pile. That’s where I got mine. I paid about $1.30 for it.
- Check your junk drawer for old clothespins.
- None there? Ask Grandma to check her clothesline for any spare ones.
- Grandma on lock down?
- Order some from Hobby Lobby online. They’re super cheap; it’s where I got mine. I went for the mini-ones.
- Decide how many you want on your board.
- Beg your husband to measure and glue those clothespins on so that they’ll be straight.
- Make your husband his favorite drink and beg of him to screw the whole thing to the wall.
- Make yourself a drink. You are done. Cheers.
Art Walls Are Necessary
During this time of Mandatory Lock Down, we’ve been forced to be a bit more structured in the afternoons, as the children were becoming bored and restless. My solution? I instituted an hour of drawing, cursive-writing, and audio books.
Therefore, this increased time of creativity naturally resulted in more art work. Of course we do send pictures to Grandma and Grandpa and Auntie and whomever else we can think of, but in the meantime, it certainly gives me peace of mind just knowing where to put all those papers.
Lastly, if you’re following Coronavirus and the plight of the Church, I strongly recommend Bishop Athanasius Schneider’s latest interview with The Remnant Newspaper HERE. I wish more bishops and priests would follow suit.
And one more thing…lastly, lastly, the governor of Wisconsin waived all state park fees. So, we’ve been trudging through the rain and the muck and greatly enjoying the wilderness.
Here are some of the children at Parrot State Park. Have you been venturing more outdoors lately?