Monday, March 7, 2011

DIY Art Drying Rack

Mardi who?  Normally, I'm all over expressions of my Cajun culture; however, I just can't get into Mardi Gras.  For one, the hubby's off doing his musician thing, so the girls and I are left here to drive each other crazy enjoy some quality girl bonding time.  So, instead of mixing it up with the crowds and the noise, it's spring cleaning week here in the Lagniappe House!  We're already behind (big shocker there, right?), but we're cutting through the clutter and giving everything a good wash and wipe (yep, even behind and underneath the big stuff in all those gross places).  With the heat the last few weeks, I've seen an awful lot of buggies.  And spring buggies means buggie eggs and buggie babies, so time to wash all the curtains, cushions, and crevices.

While we're having . . . um . . . fun, I figured I'd leave you with this quick little tip for drying artwork.  I heard this idea a long time ago and never had the chance to use it, and now that I have the time I really wish I could remember where I first read about doing this.  Anyway, we've been painting every week, and we needed a place for our artwork to dry until it was ready to hang or get stored.  Enter homemade drying racks . . .



Easy as three stones between your painting boards.  You don't even have to move the wet papers themselves.  Just place three stones in a sort of triangle along the edges of the bottom board.  If you use three stones instead of four in the corners, you don't have to worry about your stones being different sizes, since a three-point structure is much more stable than a four-point one (think, wobbly bar stool).  You could also use shells, small plastic containers, or anything else you can find around the house if you don't have enough stones.  Place the second painting board on top, and continue like this until you have them all stacked on top of one another.  Voila!  A compact, portable art drying rack.  Happy painting!  :)

5 comments:

  1. I googled "diy art drying rack" and found this post. Lucky me to meet another homeschooling vegan family!!! I currently un-homeschool (lol) my 7 and 4 year old boys. I love wood classroom furniture so this rack is perfect. Thanks for the post, I look forward to reading more of your blog.

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  2. Hey, Mistie, thanks for commenting. I hope you enjoy your drying rack! :)

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  3. I am a homeschooler to 3(soon to be four) kids and I LOVE this idea! Thanks for sharing.

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  4. I am a homeschooler to 3(soon to be four) kids and I LOVE this idea! Thanks for sharing.

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