The wall of awesome

25 Jul

Everywhere the kids go, they seem to bring some sort of art or craft home.   They go to Sunday school, they bring home some art they made.  Playgroup: more art/craft.  Creche at the gym: paper with colouring on it. Preschool/daycare: art upon craft upon art times a million.

I love the kids’ art, but what are we supposed to do with all of it?  In our last place, the dodgy apartment, I found a solution: the wall of awesome.

And here is where I wanted to add a photo of the wall of awesome, but I can’t seem to find it. Sigh.  I know I took some.  The wall around Hannah’s craft table in our apartment was exposed brick, so one day I had the bright idea to blu-tac their artworks right onto the bricks.  It was a 2 for 1, the art brightened up the dull corner, and their works of art didn’t find themselves in the recycling bin.

When we moved, I wanted a new wall of awesome.  We do have exposed brick on one entire side of the house (on the other side of said brick is the other half of the duplex), but the layout doesn’t quite work with blu-tacing artwork.  The dining table is against the brick in the room where we keep the kids’ toys, so a wall full of their amazing works of art would look rather silly above the dining table.  On the other side of the room sits the kids’ shelves full of all their toys.  That wall, however, is a proper wall.  I know they say blu-tac doesn’t leave marks and all that, but they lie.  Every time I use it, I always seem to ruin the paint.

Instead, I got two cork boards and hung them with those removable hook things that aren’t supposed to leave marks.  I trust them slightly more than the blu-tac, plus we are talking about 4 spots in total, rather than 4 per picture.

I got the kind that is supposed to hold up to a kilo, just to be on the safe side, and put them up.  Ok, fine, I tried to put them up, got them incredibly slanted and not in line with each other, and had to get Aaron to do it instead.

They look ok, but not nearly as good as the wall of awesome in the old place.

Half of the wall of awesome.  More like the board of awesome....

Half of the wall of awesome. More like the board of awesome….

Until the other day when I heard a mighty bang and discovered one of the boards had fallen down.  The silly hook detached from it’s own sticker thing.  I could understand if it was the wall side, but the hook side? Ridiculous.

All that's left of the second board

All that’s left of the second board

I think I need something like this from A S Hanging Systems instead:

Screen shot 2013-07-25 at 2.08.35 PM

There are no pushpins, so no little feet will accidentally trod on one and send the entire house deaf from screams.  The pictures/photos/artworks/craft can be changed and moved around since it’s a pocket system, and best of all, it won’t fall down.  Plus, how cool would this look when filled entirely with kid drawings, paintings, and patch works?

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3 Responses to “The wall of awesome”

  1. LBcruiseshipblogger July 26, 2013 at 3:18 am #

    You and your blue sticky tacky. You should have tried cleaning the walls in your old room in our old house…..yeah. Easier to spackle the push-pin holes before repainting.

    I thought the wall of awesome in your apartment ages ago in your pre-kid days was where you stored all your board games. Guess it has a new meaning now. How kids change things.

    • Mommy Adventures July 26, 2013 at 5:16 am #

      Yeah, it used to be the board games wall. Still is. We have two walls of awesome now 🙂

  2. Tesoro Mio August 8, 2013 at 3:05 pm #

    This certainly is the wall of awesome. This is a good way to keep their artworks and memorabilia. And it really looks good on the wall. By the time they grow up this would bring back lots of memories.

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