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Created By… Plaques

I love to let my kids color, cut, and glue all the time… But I do NOT love to have papers on my fridge. My little boy will bring art projects home from preschool or church and ask me to put them on the fridge. After I cringe a little, I’ll put it on the fridge for a few hours until he isn’t looking and then I’ll remove it.
I know. Mother of the year. Not.
So, since I hate breaking my 3 year old’s heart, and since he wants to show off his art projects, I came up with a spot just for him to hang whatever he wants to show off! And I made one for my baby too. She already scribbles, and who wouldn’t want to show that off!

Wanna make your own? Click “read more” to see how!

I got some wood from the Home Depot. I honestly have no idea what kind it is. Maybe Pine. Maybe not. 
It came in boards 12 inches wide by 6 feet for $9. I just grabbed one of those and cut it 16 inches long.
If you don’t have a saw, ask the Home Depot guy, he’ll cut it for you.
Then I had my dad router it for me. The final dimensions ended up being 11 5/8″ x 16″. {Even though they say it’s 12″ wide, it’s not.}
Then I sanded, I mean should have sanded, and painted the wood.
I cut this vinyl with my cricut, which I love. And just stuck it right on the wood.
If you don’t have access to a Cricut or Sillouette, you could just print this out on paper and mod podge it on. Or find some sticky letters.
Here’s what they look like once I painted them and put my vinyl on.
Then I put a good layer of Mod Podge on. Cause I know my kids are going to try to peel off the vinyl. Maybe this will deter them a little.
Hot glue some ribbon on the back to hang it by. 
I found these “bulldog” clips at Office Max. I couldn’t find any that weren’t magnetic. Doesn’t matter anyway.
Hot glue it right to the front. Or you could screw it in.
And there you have it, my friends. Quick and Easy!
Here are the jpg’s I used for my vinyl. If you have a Cricut or Sillouette, feel free to right click and “save as”. Then you can add your child’s name. Or print it out on your printer.
These are 11.3215 by 16 inches. FYI.
Good Luck!!! Let me know if you actually do this, I would love to see pictures!
The entire project took about 20 minutes, plus drying time.
Total cost: $12.50 for BOTH!!!
$9 for wood {Plus I have extra for later!}
$3.50 for Bulldog clips
Had the vinyl and ribbon
If you really want to do this project, and want some vinyl, I will customize it with your child’s name and send you the vinyl for $10 each.


Blessed Mommy of 2

Saturday 19th of February 2011

What a fantastic idea!

Auntie Lolo

Saturday 19th of February 2011

Love this! I'm a new follower from Tatertots and Jello.


Saturday 19th of February 2011

Adorable!!! How cute! And I am sure they love having a place for their own work!

Angie @ The Country Chic Cottage

Tuesday 15th of February 2011

What a fab idea!! Thanks for auditioning for OMTWI!!

Michelle @ Loving Every Second

Sunday 13th of February 2011

Such a fun idea! I'm a new follower, BTW :)