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.
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.
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
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.
With all the parts separate I quickly sanded down the wood making it easy to coat with the paint.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Cerys is a marine biologist, environmental educator, teacher, mum, and home educator from the UK. She loves getting creative, whether it is with simple and easy crafts and ideas, activities to make learning fun, or delicious recipes that you and your kids can cook together you'll find them all shared here on Rainy Day Mum.