Colorful Memory Display

Two years ago when I was working on Sissy’s bedroom, I wanted something that matched her bedding to display her artwork or photos in her bedroom. Of course, I couldn’t find something I liked in matching colors, so I decided to make one. I’m definitely not an artist, so I decided to paint stripes to match her comforter. I had a plan, now all I needed was supplies for my project.

Supplies:

  • 1 Canvas Board
  • Acrylic Paint in varying colors
  • Flat Paint brushes (1/4″, 1/2″, 1″)
  • Painters Tape or Masking Tape
  • Paint Pens in Coordinating Colors
  • Open Back Frame
  • Offset Frame Clips

I went to Hobby Lobby and purchased a 3 pack of 16 X 20 canvas boards and the acrylic paint to match the colors in her room. I chose the canvas boards because they are easier to work with, sturdier, and easier to frame. In order to keep the lines straight, I used painters tape. I started with one color painting the stripes in varying widths and allowed them to dry completely. For the next color, I placed the painters tape on the edge of the previous color so the colors would meet. I continued until the entire board was covered. I have to caution you that the paint does bleed! Solution! I used paint pens and a ruler or yardstick to make the lines where the colors meet cleaner.

*** NOTE: Do not let the paint dry before you remove the tape!***

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Beginning of Curious George Brag Board
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Lines Bled Terrible
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Finished Brag Board after using paint pens

I wanted a finished look, so I bought an open back frame at Hobby Lobby. If you can’t find the color frame you want, you can easily spray paint it to match.  I attached the board to the frame using Ook Metal Offset Clips in 1/8″. I used 8 clips (one in each corner and one in the middle of each side) to make sure it was sturdy.

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Offset Clips to hold board
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Finished Board for Sissy’s bedroom

After I did the first board, I found smooth hardboards sold at Hobby Lobby in varying sizes. They are considerably more expensive for just one board, but worth the result. I bought an 8 X 10 and did the same process without the bleeding. Wish I knew that the first time!

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Hardboard without using paint pens

 

The end result is a cute place to display your child’s artwork or pictures. You can even add their initials in wooden letters painted in a coordinating color. To display artwork, all you have to do is add a ribbon and some small clothespins for hanging.

I’ve made quite of few of these memory display boards for baby shower gifts to match the nursery. Recently, I made a brag board for Sissy’s 6th birthday party matching the Curious George theme. Here are a few pictures!

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Let me know what you think!

XO,

Stacey

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