Parents with school-age children might be able to make an argument that there is something else that’s inevitable in life – your child will bring home a plethora of artwork! Being the proud parent you are, you want to display your budding Picasso’s work; in fact, the artist might demand it! If your refrigerator runneth over, or you just want a different way to display your child’s artwork, I have some wonderful, creative ideas for you!
Display In a Special Frame
I dislike clutter and messiness and I try to simplify when and where I can, so I love the idea of displaying one piece of artwork at a time in a special frame. I have come across several neat framing ideas:
- I really like a floating or gallery frame as it works great for irregular shapes of art and the clear glass shows the color of the wall on which it hangs, therefore the matting matches your decor! A set of gallery frames like this would also be a great way to create an important display space (not the fridge) to display selected work. You could create this display in their play room, or better yet in an adult room, such as the living room or office, to show the importance of the art.
- Lucite box frames work well, too. They can be displayed on tables or walls and are relatively inexpensive; they can be found in craft stores.
- Check out this art frame: L’il DaVinci Store and Display Art Cabinet You can hold up to 50 pieces of art in one frame! It has hinges and opens like a cabinet. Very neat option!
- Everyday Display, by Creative Memories: The Everyday Display features an 18×18 frame, with a 13.5×13.5 fabric covered magnetic board; matching magnets and clothespins are included. The Everyday Display comes in three colors (white, black, and chocolate) so you should be able to find one to match your room’s decor! Here is a picture of mine; although now it doesn’t hold art; just pictures in my son’s room.
- Keepsake Display, by Creative Memories: Features a magnetized display board and includes matching magnets.
- And to take framing to another level, check out this professionally framed collage of artwork, the Jan Eleni Collage. You send them your child’s art pieces and they arrange them and create this collage. It’s beautiful!
Whichever framing method you choose, be sure to keep the art rotating in and out of the frames and perhaps even toss some of it every now and then. Shocked? I have heard that new bursts of inspiration can come about by clearing out old art.
Make place mats by laminating the artwork. Use some place mats during meals and others for messy arts and crafts. Once you reach your limit of place mats for your household, they make great gifts for relatives!
Create a Clothesline
Screw wooden hooks into opposite sides of a wall in your child’s playroom or bedroom. String a clothesline between the two hooks. Add colorful clothespins along the line and attach artwork with the clothespins.
Make a Border
A neat idea I came across is to make a wall border with your child’s artwork. Paint stripes around the room, either at chair rail height or just below the ceiling. Use tape to make the stripes straight. Fill in the space between the stripes with your child’s artwork.
Put several favorite art pieces on a bulletin board; either in your child’s room, the hallway, or their playroom.
And a neat spin on the bulletin board idea is to use cork squares, magnetic squares, and pegboard squares such as these at Pottery Barn Kids. Alternate cork and magnetic squares, in colors matching the room, to create a hip and colorful display for your child’s art! Here is a great picture of a fabric covered pinboard, also from Pottery Barn Kids.
My friend decorated bulletin boards for her kids’ artwork. She purchased some wooden letters to spell each child’s name and painted them white and then put them down the side of each bulletin board. Here is one of them:
Make A Scrapbook
Create a scrapbook that’s dedicated entirely to your child’s artwork. It is easily displayed and takes up a relatively small space. Your child will love showing to to visitors; what a great way to boost their self esteem!
When it comes time to take the art down from its display area, you will need to decide what to do with it. Here are some ideas to help you with the next steps:
- You may want to keep several pieces of art that are important; either to you or your child. (For example, a friend of mine always keeps artwork that has her children’s hand prints on them.) Sit down with your child and have them look through the year’s art and choose a few they want to keep. You can store the art in an art portfolio, in a flat box under the bed, or in a scrapbook.
- You can save all your child’s artwork by taking a picture of each piece. Put all the pictures in a scrapbook; it takes up a lot less space and they can see every piece of art!
- Have your child choose a few pieces of art to send to friends and family. Have them write their name and a message on the back. It will brighten their day!
And yes, the art that does not get stored in a portfolio or scrapbook gets put in the trash. *gasp* Don’t worry; remember, you are just creating room for more bursts of inspiration from your budding artist!
Wendy – Parenting Tips 365