As the weather gets colder and we start getting less and less daylight I like to focus on smaller projects that I can complete on the porch in just a few minutes. I’m not crazy about being outdoors trying to build something when it’s chilly and dark. Tonight we spent a few minutes putting together this DIY Art Center! It took just a few minutes, we had all the materials at home and we upcycled quite a few old things to make this great display center that I’m not using to save my refrigerator from death by magnets! If you are looking for an easy project for a gift or for your home this is perfect for kids and adults alike.
Here’s a materials list to make shopping easy, or you can grab these things from home like we did!
- Medium / Large Cookie Sheet (test that it’s magnetic before you drill holes in it)
- Spray Paint (we used red because it was leftover from another project)
- Small Wood Strips: You will need about 96 inches total, 1 or 2 inch width will be perfect
- Short Screws: Use the smallest you have, or if you are patient some gorilla glue will do the trick!
- Twine or String
- Corner Brackets: We improvised with some tin strips and an old door latch piece
The first thing I always do is paint pieces that will need time to dry! Give the cookie sheet a couple of thing coats of spray paint and allow it time to dry while you cut and assemble the other parts. If you are using a new cookie sheet feel free to leave it as is, we painted ours because it was old and grungy looking! Spray paint is the king of upcycling in our home! This DIY Art Center was all about easy and reusing things we had lying around.
Next, cut your wood pieces. Again, we used the stakes we had holding up our fence around the garden. They were weathered and looked just rustic enough for me to love them for a wall piece! I lay everything out first to make sure it will look okay. Make sure your pieces fit around whatever size cookie sheet you use! Four cuts later and you are ready to go! With a thin wood it’s possible to cut these by hand but we had the saw handy so we used it to speed up the process. Grab the cookie sheet and make sure it’s dry (if you use thin coats it should be ready) and lay it in place with the wooden strips. Short screws go in on all three sides touching the wood to keep it in place.
Next it’s time to brace the corners. We used tin strips and the old door knob piece because there is not a lot of weight to hold up with coloring sheets and to do lists. These are more for keeping the shape than anything else. After those are screwed together you are ready to add the twine. We used the staple gun to zip this twine into place and create a zig zag pattern. This gives us lots of room for clipping up pictures and notes.
You may notice we went over the cookie sheet side as well. It’s just easier than cutting the twine and starting a new string. You won’t be able to see it so just have at it! If you only have a short amount of twine feel free to do individual strips to create the pattern you like!
You can use mounting brackets to hang this on the wall but I like the twine look so we ran twine around the sides and out the top to create the hanging loop, you can do whatever works best for you! Last but certainly not least we hung up our creative new DIY Art Center and cleaned off the refrigerator door! Magnets hold items up on the cookie sheet side for quick removal. Small clothes pins (found these at walmart for around $1) are great for holding up photos, pictures, and crafts on the twine side!