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What to Do With All That Art!


What to Do With All That Art!

When your child proudly presents you with his latest art masterpiece, where do you put it, aside from your already overly decorated refrigerator? The dilemma of what to do with kids’ countless creations is a common one for moms, so to help we’ve rounded up seven great ideas for displaying, storing, and reusing your child’s artwork.

1. Rotate Projects

“I have hung four clip boards ($1 each) in a line along one of my kitchen walls [and] I painted them with chalk board paint. I clip artwork for the week on each clipboard, and rotate them when new art work is done. Sometimes it's just the chalkboard art they did right on the clip board! Easy and affordable :)" -Emily Murphy of Phero Photos & Poetry

“The DIGNITET wire curtain rods from IKEA are a wonderful way to create a rotating display of artwork ... and children love to see their art on display!” -Traci Zeller of Traci Zeller Designs: The Blog

 

2. Frame an Art Collage

“I have a huge poster-size frame (with the plastic face instead of glass) and I just made a collage of all of my son's kindergarten artwork and hung it on his wall in his room. This kind of frame is interchangeable every year. Choose the favorite pieces and create a fun collage and enjoy it all year. My son loves it and I'm [going to] do one for my daughter also.” -Melissa R., Circle of Moms member

3. Dedicate an Entire Wall to Art

“I have a cork wall in my sewing room and it is covered with drawings I have tacked up. It's the happiest wall in the house! I also tape our weekly coloring pages to our refrigerator door (magnets don't work) and have a ‘gallery wall’ in the living room for seasonal things — leaf rubbings or decorated construction paper Christmas trees, or, currently, wildlife drawings.” –Anneliese of Aesthetic Nest

 “I dedicated our ENTIRE laundry room [to] their art!” Randee of Randee's Organized Chaos

4. Create Photo Books or Albums

“Try taking a snapshot and — at the end of each school year — compiling it into a photo book using Kodak Gallery, Shutterfly or one of the other photo sites. It's a great way to preserve the memories — and space in your home.” -Traci Zeller of Traci Zeller Designs: The Blog

“I take pictures of the larger crafts and scan the ‘keepers’ that are smaller. I incorporate these images into their photo albums so I can see how old they were when they did the project. Takes a little extra time, but it saves a lot of space in my drawers because I can recycle the projects guilt-free. ;)” -Jennifer Chaney of Jennifer Chaney: The Family Life Photographer

 

5. Annual Art Binders

“For long-term storage we created an art binder. I have the habit of purging [and] my kids want to keep everything, so ... this as a great option. I basically have a binder that has clear, plastic sheet protectors. I put a certain amount of sheet protectors in the binder. The deal is that they can keep whatever they can fit into that binder. I do one binder per year. After their binder is full, they need to start making some choices. They can throw or give away their art at that point. We did some fun art with cupcake liners to decorate the front. It has been working fabulously for us.” –Jodi of Meaningfulmama

“Each child has a plastic storage tote and a binder with page protectors. We keep their large drawings and crafts in the totes and we put their pictures in the binders (after proudly displaying them on the fridge, of course). At the end of every school year, I sit down with them and we go through all their artwork and projects. They decide which ones are their favorites and those are the ones we keep. I like this system because we keep everything during the year (the kids are ALWAYS proud of what they bring home), but then we purge and only keep their very favorites." Crystal Wilkerson of CrystalWilkerson.com

6. Buy Hardbound Sketch Books

“A good HARDBOUND sketch book is key. Many parents, myself included, run into the issue of having hundreds of individual works of art lying around. I encourage my children to create in their sketchbooks and if a special work of art is on a separate piece of paper, I will glue it into the book. As the books fill we label them [with] the year(s) they cover and catalogue them by volume 1, 2, 3, etc. My daughter is on Art Book Volume 5 currently and my son is on Volume 1. They are easier to look at and store and also travel well!” –Sage Raval of smallSHOP

7. Gift Extras to Others

“Extras get sent to relatives.” -Melissa Taylor of Imagination Soup

“I also save [my son’s] drawings and paintings to use as wrapping paper.” –Carla of Small & Friendly

Do you have another way of displaying, storing, or re-using your child's art? Share your tip in the comments!

Image Source: makelessnoise via Flickr/Creative Commons

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