A while ago, the glass in one of the frames hanging in our living room broke, and although I absolutely LOVE the photos, I decided it was time for a change. Instead of tossing the old glass-less frame, I figured that I could use it to showcase some of Ethan's Lego creations.
You see, Ethan has an obsession with Legos. It's the one thing in life that can hold his attention for hours. Whenever he gets a new set, he first builds whatever the kit was designed for, but after a week or so on display, the model always gets re-purposed as an array of little robotic vehicles and fighter planes. The problem is that he wants to keep all these little Lego fleets displayed around the house and I like them all put back in the bins that they came from.
A few weeks ago it occured to me that I could display his Lego sculptures in a sort of revolving modern art piece using the broken frame in my living room (because as much as Ethan loves Legos, I love children's art work). I simply took out the photos and covered the photo spaces with plain, white mat board which I taped to the back of the existing mat. Then I used my hot glue gun and glued one flat Lego piece to the center of each photo space. This way, I can simply attach his creations to the glued piece, and change them out when new Lego vehicles are constructed. I took five of his little sculptures, snapped them into place, and re-hung the frame. Ethan was thrilled to see his "planes" on display and I was glad to have come up with a way to keep his Lego-mobiles organized. Within 10 minutes of being up, he already wanted to switch one of the pieces out. LOL. Who knew a broken frame could satisfy my love of children's art, tidy up some of our household Lego mess, and give Ethan a way to show the world his imagination.