It's no secret that I'm obsessed with tinkering with my boys' bedrooms. Partly, it's due to their changing tastes and interests but mostly it's because kids' rooms are so much fun. You can pack an extraordinary amount of colour, interest and quirkiness in them which would look a bit strange elsewhere in the home. I always keep any big purchase plain, though, - beds, wardrobes, cupboards, carpets - tending to opt for white or neutral colours so that they serve as the perfect backdrop for the ever-changing accessories.
One of my favourites ways to embrace their latest crazes is via wall art of some description. I pick up little postcards when we're out and about, I print my own (PicMonkey is great for this), I sometimes use wallpaper cuttings, and I stockpile small vinyl stickers when they're on sale (TinyMe ones are my favourite). By swapping and changing little accessories, you can create a whole new look and feel in a room in under and hour ... even using paint.
But there's something that you just can't beat, particularly when you're a child, and that's having a super cool print on your wall with your actual name on it. A few weeks ago, the boys were thrilled to be asked to choose a personalised print each from Wall Circus, the fourth baby of seasoned graphic designer, Edwina Kelly. Edwina's range of personalised prints, wall art and accessories is creative, colourful and sure to be loved by all children for their bedroom walls.
After much deliberation, and inspired by a recent trip to London, my youngest chose a very smart soldier (it's actually my favourite of Edwina's prints, too). And true to his vibrant personality, my eldest couldn't resist a pop art-inspired comic hero print. A couple of days later, both arrived incredibly well packaged and ready to be put up on the wall.
Putting nails in a wall is an absolute last resort for me. Because I'm always moving things around, I don't want to be drilling holes and then filling them back up after a couple of weeks. There's no joy to be found in that. So, for those of you who also live in fear of drills and like your walls to remain as smooth as possible, here are two simple 'no nails' ways to hang children's wall art.
One: A pinch clip and small picture hanging strips
Pinch clips and small picture hanging command strips are a match made in wall art hanging heaven. Pair the two together, throw in your favourite print, and you can have a wall looking fantastic within a couple of minutes.
All you need to do is press two command strips together until they click, peel off one of the liners and position the strips at the midpoint of the clip. Press down firmly for about 30 seconds to make sure they stick.
Then, peel off the second liner and stick the clip to the wall. Again, press firmly for about 30 seconds.
Lastly, clip your print ...
... and stand back and admire it.
Two: A lightweight frame and narrow picture hanging strips
I don't think that you can beat a classic white frame when it comes to hanging wall art. While I have heavier versions elsewhere in the house, I prefer to use lightweight ones in the children's rooms just in case they happen to knock them (this one is my favourite). As an added precaution, I also take the glass/plexiglass out. And from a blogging point of view, it enables me to take photos without getting a reflection/glare (now there's a top tip).
To hang lightweight frames, I use two pairs of narrow picture hanging command strips. Again, all you need to do is press them together until they click, peel off the liners and position the strips on each side of the frame, a couple of centimetres from the top. Press down firmly for about 30 seconds to make sure they stick.
Depending on the width of the frame, there can be a slight overhang but I've never found this to be a problem.
Then, peel off the second liners and stick the frame to the wall (use a spirit level to make sure it's on straight). Press firmly for about 30 seconds.
It's as simple as that. What do you think?
Wall Circus has kindly offered two winners the opportunity to select a print for themselves from their gorgeous range (excluding the Finger Print Family Tree). All you need to do to be in with a chance of winning, is fill in the rafflecopter widget below and leave a comment telling me which print you'd pick. Good luck!
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