Tuesday, April 8, 2014

BOY'S GALLERY WALL AND SOUVENIR PATCH ARTWORK


We are entering the home stretch in finishing up Caleb's room, finally!  It's only been over a year since I first started piecing some new things together.  After today, I have one more project to share with you for the room and then I'll be ready for the complete room reveal.

With the arrangement of his room, we only have one full wall for hanging artwork, so it was the perfect candidate for a gallery wall.  I gathered some frames and favorite photos and started putting it all together.


Caleb and I really liked the idea from Boxy Colonial to photograph some of his favorite things for artwork.  So, we used a favorite Nascar, his personalized Louisville Slugger, and a Halo set-up for a few pieces on the wall.  I photographed them with a white background and had enlargements printed off for a few dollars each.


I also added in some favorite photos and the washi tape accented mats that I made a few weeks ago.  The hammer is a sentimental gift from a friend of our family that reminds him to work hard.


This is my very favorite thing...


Several years ago he went to a Men's Retreat away from home with my husband.  When he got home this had been in his pocket, just incase he got lost.  And unconscious apparently, unable to tell anyone who he belonged to.  :)

His favorite thing on the wall is this Souvenir Patch Display that we made.  Souvenir penny presses have become our favorite means of picking up mementos on trips, but Caleb is beginning to collect patches here and there as well and we wanted to be able to display them.


I started with a thrifted frame.  Anyone else remember this one?  We actually had one that I think we received as a wedding gift that hung in our home for years.  It's long gone, though, and I came across this one with the perfect measurements while looking for a frame.


I removed the glass, painted the frame, and actually just covered the matboard and artwork with fabric and hot glue, then used a few more drops of hot glue to secure it back in the frame.  Then he got to work arranging them how he wanted them.  We left some empty spaces so we could add to the collection over time.


With most of the patches, I used a tiny drop of hot glue on the back of the patch to attach it to the fabric.  It's enough to hold it in place but if we ever want to remove them it should peel off easily.

Caleb is crazy about anything to do with the military, and his soldier uncle and cousin made his day by picking up a few military patches for him.  They had velcro on the back, so I glued the mate onto the fabric so he can take those off and put them back on.


With one more project crossed off the list for this room, we're getting really close to being finished!


**Edited...  I updated the arrangement of the gallery wall a little as I completed the room.  You can see the finished room here!



 
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27 comments:

  1. Very nice, Jennifer! And yes, we had that same Love Is art that I made-over a few years back! How funny :) Love the patches, too!

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  2. Love the hammer! Are you giong to SBC convention this year in DC? Wanted to see if you are going to the pastor's wife luncheon and if we could meet there? woodyardadoption@blogspot.com

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  3. I love it! Photographing kid's treasured possessions is a fantastic idea for making the room really theirs!

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  4. So awesome and I love that he was involved! So fun and perfect

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  5. that is so sweet and meaningful :) xo Kristin

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  6. Love how meaningful this art is...so cute!

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  7. I love gallery walls and this one is super special. What a fabulous idea. I would love for you to link up to my ongoing Inspire Me party at http://www.astrollthrulife.net/2014/04/211th-inspire-me-tuesday.html. Hope to see you there. Hugs, Marty

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  8. I love it Jennifer! the black frames truly tie it all together and I love that it's filled with sentimental items!!!!

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  9. I love a good gallery wall...and love the hammer. Mixing objects in with art makes it so much more interesting!

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  10. this is such a great idea, jennifer! and you can see the pride he takes in it!

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  11. Jennifer the combination looks so great together. I love the idea of the souvenir patch frame that Caleb can add to over time, and the incorporation of some family photos in there as well. That note is so cute!!!

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  12. It looks fabulous! That note is the most precious thing ever and I love the patch display!

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  13. Great ideas, I love how it all has special meaning. That little note with his name on it is too cute!

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  14. This is so sweet. That note he had in his pocket - oh my goodness - so adorable!

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  15. Love this gallery wall, Jennifer and the special meaning many of the pieces hold.

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  16. So cute and sweet! Thanks for sharing!
    Leslie
    House on the Way

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  17. Love it Jennifer! Love mostly that it's personalized just to him. I love the note - "I belong to Ray Griffin" - precious :) Can't wait to see the whole thing!!

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  18. Very cute! I love involving the kiddos in their decorating. My son loves it! Your son is so handsome!

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  19. This turned out great, Jennifer! I especially love the souvenir patch display. Awesome gallery wall!

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  20. Yay, you're almost there! Love how it's coming together and that sweet note, too funny!

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  21. love the look of all these souvenirs, artwork and pictures put together!

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  22. Jennifer! It all looks so good!

    XO,
    Krista

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  23. THat little note is the cutest thing ever. What a wonderful keepsake!

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  25. I love the gallery wall! As crazy as it sounds, I never thought about putting one in the kids room. The things you chose to use are perfect, too. My brain is working on ideas for our own gallery walls in my two boys' rooms! Thanks for the wonderful inspiration!

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  26. Love his patch display. We are currently stationed at Ft. Riley "Home of the Big Red One" so my eye went straight to the 1st infantry patch. Beautiful room!

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