School is back in session, and that means our children will be bringing home works of art, spelling tests, math sheets, and other projects that they are proud of and want to display.
Personally, my regular magnets don’t always do a great job of holding these beautiful creations and “Superstar” school sheets up on my fridge and my husband has the same problem on his file cabinet at work. The papers end up sliding down or falling off all together.
I started to brainstorm on a way that I could show off their prize assignments and also praise them at the same time.
After looking at the crafting supplies, utilizing magnet strips, using an empty cereal box, I have found a solution for this school paper dilemma along with creating a fun craft for my kids. We put together “Superstar” frames!
If you would like to recreate this craft with your own children, you will need:
-An Empty Cereal Box (preferably 12 inches high or more) -Ruler -Scissors -Pencil -Glue -Magnet Stripping (Can be found at craft store like Michaels or Hobby Lobby) -Stickers, markers, or other items to decorate the frame with like dried macaroni, strips of colored paper, or buttons
To get started, you will first need to cut apart a cereal box, and on the non-decorated side measure out 2 – 12 inches long, 1 1/2 inch wide strips of cardboard. Then, cut these out. Next, measure 2 -10 inches long, 1 1/2 inch wide strips and cut these out.
Glue all four corners together to make a rectangle shape. This should overlap a standard 8X10 piece of paper.
Tip: Depending upon your child’s maturity they may be able to do this, however I went ahead and cut the form out in advance and glued it.
Once the glue dries hand the frame over to your child to decorate it anyway they like.
When they finish, cut strips of the magnet to go along the patterned side of the cardboard.
After this, lay it over the top of your child’s paper and put it on a fridge or metal file cabinet.
It is that easy, and your children will have a great place to display their AWESOME papers from school!
Looking for others ways to keep your children’s artwork and school papers?
Check out these 3 additional ways:
– Pick up a frame at a craft store and have your child sign their art work. Put it in the frame and find a place in your home to display the creation.
– Take a notebook and add plastic sheet protectors inside. Use each sheet to display 2 pieces of school work front and back and label the notebook with your child’s name and school year. Hand it over to be decorated. They now have a book that is all about them, and their papers are neat, organized, and preserved.
– If you don’t have a notebook and still want to create some type of school book for your child, simply get 2 large pieces of construction paper and put all of the school papers you want to keep between the 2 sheets. Line it up and staple it 3 times along the edge. You now have a book of school work that can be labeled with the school year and the kids can decorate this as well.
Have you made a similar craft before? How do you display your child’s school work.
If you make this with your family, enjoy displaying your child’s accomplishments!