A couple years ago, my husband and i had a whacko Christmas Eve where our younger selves hosted a big family get together, cleaned up, got the kids to bed LATE, then made “ready” for Christmas morning. After that, we transformed part of the kids’ playroom in the basement into a little art room. We had pre-assembled a bunch of IKEA furniture that would hold art supplies and finished art. We got a large round table and chairs, tabletop easels and paints. And we painted this back wall with chalkboard paint, then hung the cables with clips (also from IKEA) to display art.
But we never got to chalking up that big ol’ wall. What can i say? We needed sleep. What a coupla Bah-Humbugs.
Anyway, this weekend we made up for lost time. And it was even more fun because the kids got to participate.
i used chalk marker to create the frames and more permanent bits. The kids came in with regular colored chalk to add art.
Lang’s masterpiece is shown above. Many, many layers of love shown here.
My self-portrait. Nailed it.
Grey asked me to draw a kitty kat & a whale so he could color them.
Cooper tagged the wall.
Then he made a self-portrait of himself as king, and a landscape of his kingdom.
We added doodles, and called it a day. It was fun and silly and a great way to spend a Saturday morning. Lang particularly liked jumping off the table repeatedly at the photo-taking part, because he thought i was filming and wanted to show his skillz. Unfortunately, you just get the still shot of that way up top ; )
Watch us putting it all together below.