Turn Your Living Room into the Louvre

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Turn Your Living Room into the Louvre

I've never been to Paris. I came close once, but things didn't work out as planned. One day our family will get there. Until then, we can take a pretend trip by transforming our living room into the legendary Musée du Louvre.

We started by watching a video about the museum to get us inspired. We noted the golden frames around the art work. Then, we broke out the foamcore, gold spray paint and hot glue and set to work making "gilded" frames to display our masterpieces.

If the living room is too bold a statement or impractical, you can try the same thing in a hallway or bedroom or wherever there's a blank wall.

What you'll need

  • foam core or cardboard
  • craft knife
  • gold spray paint
  • thin ribbon
  • glue gun + sticks
  • masking tape
  • removeable hooks
  • your child's artwork
  • permanent marker (optional)

How to make it

  1. Cut foam core or cardboard to desired size. Remember to make the opening smaller than the artwork itself. I do this by placing the art work facedown and tracing around forming a box. Then I measure no less than a 1/4 inch in from the lines to make my cut.

  2. Once frame is cut, spray paint it gold. Let dry completely.

    optional: Use a black permanent marker to add details to the frames.

  3. Place artwork face down on the back of the frame and tape in place.

  4. Cut a length of ribbon narrower than the width of your frame. Measure 2 inches down and apply ribbon using hot glue.

  5. Follow manufacturer's instructions to affix removeable hooks to wall.

  6. Hang art. Now mill about discussing the work. Make a serious, pondering face while asking artsy questions like, "What was the artist trying to say with this piece? Is this representative of the artist's blue period? What influenced this artist's work?"

    You can find more of Jennifer's playful ideas on her site Classic Play. You can also follow her on facebook and twitter.

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