As we’ve just completed the first half term of school for the kids – with my youngest joining the older one as well my fridge was getting full up of certificates, everything from reading rockets to swimming and scout’s. Taking matters into my own hands I decided to get a little creative and upcycle an old Shadow Box Frame I had laying around into a Celebration Box where the kids could pin up their certificates throughout the year.

DIY Celebration Box - free your fridge and display your kids certificates and achievements for the school year where you can all admire them

We’ve now got this up on our family room wall and every time a certificate comes home I’m encouraged by the kids to add it to the box so that they can see it when they sit down to eat, craft or play in the room.

Materials Needed

16×16 inch Deep Box Frame – Click to see what ours looked like – Deep Box Frame from The Range

Chalky Furniture Paint & Wax Kit (Clotted Cream) [affiliate link to UK Amazon]

Wooden Craft Letters

Gold Spray Paint

Spray Mount Glue

Cork Board

Craft Knife

Map Pins

Step by Step

Start by removing all of the parts of the frame. Our frame came with a glass cover but as I wanted to make it easy to get into the frame I removed this and have put it aside to use in a future project.

DIY Celebration Box - free your fridge and display your kids certificates and achievements for the school year where you can all admire them

With all the parts separate I quickly sanded down the wood making it easy to coat with the paint.

DIY Celebration Box - free your fridge and display your kids certificates and achievements for the school year where you can all admire them

Then I painted the frame inside and out. Although the frame had a side mount as I was adding cork board to the back of the frame, I removed this and kept the wood for other projects in the future.

DIY Celebration Box - free your fridge and display your kids certificates and achievements for the school year where you can all admire them

DIY Celebration Box - free your fridge and display your kids certificates and achievements for the school year where you can all admire them

With the frame left to dry I spray painted the letters. The kids decided that they wanted the board to be called OUR SUCCESS – but you could call it whatever you want.

DIY Celebration Box - free your fridge and display your kids certificates and achievements for the school year where you can all admire them

Whilst it all dried I used the backing to cut out a piece of cork board from an old notice board we had in the garage. Reassembling the frame, I spray mounted the cork board onto the backing to keep it in place and used the same spray mount to add the letters to the side of the frame.

DIY Celebration Box - free your fridge and display your kids certificates and achievements for the school year where you can all admire them

DIY Celebration Box - free your fridge and display your kids certificates and achievements for the school year where you can all admire them

Now whenever the kids come home with a certificate or badge using some map pins I can add them to the board and my fridge is free to display artwork and our weekly spellings and words.

DIY Celebration Box - free your fridge and display your kids certificates and achievements for the school year where you can all admire them

Author
Cerys Parker

Cerys is a marine biologist, environmental educator, high school teacher and mum. Realising that life doesn't have to be put on hold and you don't just have to survive whilst the kids are young she shares ideas to inspire you to LIVE with the kids, with activities to do together, recipes to cook and enjoy and family travel to make memories to last a lifetime.

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