I don’t remember where I first came across the quote “Please excuse the mess, the children are making memories”, but I knew immediately that I wanted it on a sign in my home somewhere. I decided to create an art wall for my kid’s paintings and drawings and put the quote above it.
For the kid’s art display wall all you need is:
- String, yarn or twine
- Clothes pins
- Push pins
The hardest part of making the display wall, is making sure that the push pins are in line with each other. Once they are lined up, tie the string around each pin, leaving a nice little half moon of extra string between the pins, so that you have room to hang the art! Last, you can use the clothes pins to hang up artwork as your kids create their masterpieces.
Our kids love seeing their artwork on display! I hung ours on the wall behind our dining room table, so we can look at all the latest creations while we eat. My son in particular likes to point out all of his work while we enjoy our meals!
While the “please excuse the mess” sign seems pretty straight forward, it actually took me several tries to get it just right.
You will need the following for this project:
- Finger paints
- Foam letter stickers
- Photo paper – (This is important!)
I originally tried using foam letters on card stock and regular paper but when I pulled the letters off it pulled pieces of the paper off too and you couldn’t read the words anymore, this is why the photo paper is so important!
I also experimented with different types of of foam letters. The target brand letters (used for the words “messy and memories”) stuck to the paper a bit and I couldn’t get the entire letter off, as you can probably see in the picture. I do like how it turned out, but if you don’t want that affect I would suggest buying the letters from Walmart or Hobby lobby. Both of those brands peeled off the paper with no problem.
You simply place the letters on the paper how you want them, and then let the kiddos finger paint over them. You can arrange the letters different ways until you get them exactly how you want them! Then, remove the sticker backing when you have all the letters in place. After the kids paint and it has dried, remove the stickers to leave the white spaces among the paint. We used tiny paint brushes to help get paint in all the crevices of the smaller letters.
I have done several other pieces with photo paper, foam letters and letting my son finger paint over them. It’s pretty fun. Little Man loves getting to use his fingers and brushes over the “bumpy” texture of the letters, and grandparents love receiving little notes and pictures from him.
As for the quote, I love having this in my home as a little reminder. It’s so easy to get stressed because my house is never perfectly clean. But seeing this little sign that I made together with my kids, reminds me to keep things in perspective. My little ones won’t be little forever, and I want to spend as much time living in the moment with them as I can. Even if it means that you have to step over a few toys as you enter my home, or there are goldfish crumbs being sprinkled in the carpet behind me as a vacuum.
My family doesn’t need a perfectly clean home. It needs a happy one, and by God’s grace our home is a happy one. We’re making memories together and loving life!