A mini masterpiece


On my last visit to Ikea I bought a really lovely, square frame. Buying frames in Ikea always seems like such a good idea – until you get them home and realise that literally nothing is the right shape to fit in them. I love Ikea, but why does everything have to be so awkward and non-standard?

After failing to either find anything to go in it, or bother to cut a piece of mount board to a more suitable shape, it’s been gathering dust on our landing for the last six months. Finally, though, an idea popped into my head – why not get the boys to make something to go inside it?


So, last weekend I bought a piece of watercolour paper and let the boys loose with some paints. We all love the north Pembrokeshire coast, and the boys took this as their inspiration (with a little bit of guidance from us!).


They used sponges and big brushes to paint the rocks, sea and sky that we love so much. There were a few tense moments of disagreement between them (mainly about rock sizes) but they worked together really well.




So there you have it – a lovely little masterpiece for less than the cost of the frame.

And that’s my word of the week – masterpiece.

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  1. June 13, 2015 / 10:05 pm

    What a great idea, such a personal piece of art hanging on your wall, and will mean so much more to you than some random picture.

  2. June 14, 2015 / 1:13 am

    Oohhh love the concentration on their faces! The end product of this activity is a real masterpiece =) #wotw

    • June 14, 2015 / 7:09 pm

      Thanks Merlinda! They enjoyed it so much x

  3. June 14, 2015 / 7:35 am

    Oh, that is lovely! Looks perfect above the bed, and I do like the concentration you can see on your son’s face there, too. Great idea, thanks for sharing with #WotW x

    • June 14, 2015 / 7:10 pm

      I love how well it matches my colour scheme! X

  4. June 14, 2015 / 11:14 am

    That is beautiful! And I know what you mean about Ikea frames. I’ve had frames left unused too because of their weird sizing 😉 #wotw.

  5. August 5, 2015 / 2:53 pm

    It’s beautiful and so personal too! Your mini artists are brilliant! Might try this with mine this Summer and get them to do some art for their playroom 🙂 Thanks so much for linking up with #HomeEtc

    Jess xx

  6. August 5, 2015 / 8:25 pm

    Ha! You are so right about Ikea, it is so non standard and buying frames always seems like a good idea. This is a great idea though and it looks lovely in that room x

  7. August 7, 2015 / 9:30 am

    How fab! And I bet they had fun creating it too – and you’ll get to treasure it and show it to their girlfriends when they’re older!! 🙂 #homeetc

    • marmaladepie
      August 7, 2015 / 6:52 pm

      Ha, Ha – yes! 🙂

  8. August 8, 2015 / 6:27 pm

    Gosh they did SUCH a good job!! It looks SO lovely insitu!! You must be pleased as punch with it 🙂 Clever boys! And clever mama for thinking of it in the first place! Thanks so much for linking up with #HomeEtc Lizzie — hope to see you again next week! x

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