Number one daughter started P1 and No. 2 started nursery this Sept. and the
amount of "art" coming home is staggering. The wee blighters want it up for
all to admire. No.2 is coming home with a least 4 A3 sized sheets every
flaming day. I could paper the entire house in it, but I would like to get
a cork (or other) board about A2 sized so 2 A3 sheets can be displayed at
I want to DIY this as spending £19.99 for a board to display the little
darlings geniuses makes me choke. Any ideas, and where could I purchase
these ideas? B&Q have nowt.
I spent just over £30 on MDF, wood, adhesive and cork tiles making one about
1200mm x 900mm for The Management (SWMBO) and then found I could buy a
lighter, smarter, professionally manufactured one from RS Components for
Arrange the following words into a well known phrase or saying .. as, sick,
parrot, a, as.
I saw a very attractive pinboard a few years ago made from wine-bottle
corks set in a deep frame, and decided I'd like one. Have been
collecting corks ever since and despite our moderate consumption of
the stuff, am still a long way from my goal. Hasn't been helped by
the influx of nasty placky 'corks' either. For an A2-sized board...
Sorry, that wasn't much help to you was it?
Some bloke is selling them on the internet. I saw it when I was Googling
for cork. Maybe a local restaurant would donate. Cottage industry, hmm?
If my 2 don't stop killing one another I'll have a good supply of them
myself. By six o'clock!
I thought that was what fridges were for? Why not get a sheet of steel (side
panel from washing machine, door from old fridge or similar) and use fridge
magnets to hold up the petite picasso's masterpieces.
Reading this to my hubby and he said he thought that was what the bin was
We have 2 fridges and they both have crap already on them. My shopping
list, notes and receipts have been shunted to the side of the microwave. I
could murder the inventor of that kids program "Art Attack", especially when
he does a "big art attack" outside. That led to a v interesting grass
clipping and garden tool arrangement this summer. "No mummy it doesn't have
3 legs - its a daddy one!".
I like the metal and magnet idea. Bit safer than pins too when baby starts
crawling. I take it the local dump is the place for an old fridge door?
| I like the metal and magnet idea. Bit safer than pins too when baby
| starts crawling.
And when they start reading you can get the magnetic letters and words.
| I take it the local dump is the place for an old fridge door?
If you know a supermarket that is refitting (or the shopfitters doing it)
you might be able to scrounge some big enamelled steel shelves. If they're
smooth enamelled they might even be suitable for drawing on with dry-wipe or
We're already covered in those :-)
Haven't got words just numbers and letters. Number 1 learnt and understood
numbers v quickly but had no interest in letters so we got some. Suddenly
it all clicked for her and she was going round the house with a clipboard
copying words off appliances - Panasonic, Samsung, etc. She looked like a
mini inspector of stuff.
Seen those words in a few kids places like www.letterbox.co.uk . Wonder
could I diy some? hmmm.
| > And when they start reading you can get the magnetic letters and words.
| We're already covered in those :-) ...
| Seen those words in a few kids places like www.letterbox.co.uk . Wonder
| could I diy some? hmmm.
There are make your own fridge magnet kits available from the places that
stock 10,000 different varieties of inkject paper, but it would probably be
cheaper to beg some offcuts of magnetic vinyl from a sign maker, they're
used for respositionable vehicle signs, and print your own (maybe on sheets
of sticky labels) and stick to the magnetic vinyl backing. You could also
use the magnetic vinyl in patches to make existing flashcards etc magnetic.
Friend of mine routinely said "Yes, lovely, I'll take it to work and
put it up in the office"
All went well for some months until daughter accompanied the Dad into
the office one weekend. "But where are my paintings?" said the child.
Thinking quickly he said "Oh they are in my other office". Child
left impressed - "my dad has 2 offices!!"
Not sure how long this strategy will work, however the Toth fairy
still visits us, although I don't know if that is because of innocent
belief or an underlying development of avarice....
It'll be interesting to know if you actually save much on the twenty
quid for a ready-made board, once you've priced up what you need.
I often find that by the time I've priced up the bits and bobs for this
sort of project -- "hmmmm....a frame would be nice"; that sort of
thing -- it often winds up costing me at least as much to make my own
than to buy the thing in the first place.
(The mileage of others may vary on this, of course -- a lot depends on
how much scrap stock you've got around that you can use.)
Absolutely. If Gnube was making a notice board, I expect the backing
would be a rather tasteful bit of veneered-and-inlaid board bearing a
passing resemblance to the kickboard of a no-longer-serviceable piano,
for example ;-)
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