October 07, 2010

Displaying Your Child's Art

I got an e-mail request from my cousin a while back.  She mentioned that her son brings home lots of artwork and she wants to display it.  She doesn't want to ruin it by tacking it up on a bulletin board.  So, today I've compiled a few different options to solve this problem that many of us face.

1) Create a curtain wire gallery.  This idea comes from the fabulous blog, Ohdeedoh.  Kalleen from At Second Street also did a great version of this HERE.  It's nice because you can just clip in the art work without making any holes in it.  Kalleen bought the Dignitet set at Ikea.


2) Check out this Dynamic Frame site.  It's really cool because their frames open like a door so you can easily change out the artwork anytime and your child feels pretty cool, having a prominent place to display his or her artwork in your home.  They have a lot of frame options as well.


3) A few of you have mentioned that you take pictures of your children's art work so you don't have to keep it all.  I thought that was ingenius.  You could then take those images and put them into a photo book or you could load them onto a digital frame. 

4) Here's a pocket display you can purchase, which would also avoid injuring the walls and the artwork.


5) I LOVE this idea by Jen from A Thousand Words.  She took pictures of their artwork and made it into a collage.  I think this is fantastic and so cute, too.


6) Etsy seller SimplyCreate will make your child's artwork into a custom collage.


7) Lastly, I don't have a picture since I haven't made one yet.  I saw these giant unfinished clothespins at JoAnn's.  I thought it would be fun to mount 4-5 of them to a long strip of wood.  You could modge podge them with cute scrapbook paper and create your own little gallery.

I was surprised by how many great ideas there were to display children's art work as I surfed all over the net.  I love the concept of displaying the art work to make your child feel important.  Now I'm trying to decide which idea I want to use myself. 

Thanks for reading.  Tomorrow I'm excited to be guest posting at A Lemon Squeezy Home, where Purse Week has been going on.  If you've recently (since August) made a cute purse you should enter her fun contest.  See you tomorrow!

22 comments:

  1. All great ideas! I am going to go with option 1 for my hallway. My 4 year old just started preschool last month and already, I am buried under a sea of construction paper and finger paint treasures!

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  2. I have a decorative curtain rod mounted to the wall in my laundry room and use drapery ring clips to hang the artwork from. Similar idea to the Dignitet from Ikea, but looks more at home in my country-style house. :o)

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  3. Great ideas. I love to use the kids artwork around the house. They're always so colorful. I actually have the Dignitet set from IKEA but currently, I use vintage clothes hangers to display the ones I want to showcase. There's a picture on my blog if you want to see.
    Love your site.

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  4. Cute, I've seen someone embroider a copy of their kid's drawings in fun colors and display them in frames. That looked fun too- but more time consuming!

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  5. I love the mix of showcasing a few (my current mode is fridge w/magnets!) but then photographing them to keep them forever...

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  6. I like the curtain wire gallery--can easily hold artwork big and small.
    My little one is just getting into doing things, and as much as I would love to keep things (I keep them around for awhile) I make sure I get a good pic (or scan it) and eventually I'll have a photo book made with the pics of her masterpieces.

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  7. Our artwork display is my post today! I like your idea with the giant clothespins. Sounds cute. Here's mine: http://hipposanddinosaurs.blogspot.com/

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  8. I love the artwork display!! You should link up to my Craftify It Thursday post which is also where you were featured (don't forget to get the featured button).

    http://lebedafamily.blogspot.com/2010/10/craftify-it-thursday.html

    Jennifer @ Life with the Lebedas

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  9. Another great idea (although it does leave holes in the art) is to buy a few medium to large size canvases, paint them a bright color, put cardboard in the back between the wooden strecteners and hang them on the wall. Then you can use cute push pins to hang the art on the canvas and change it out whenever you'd like. If you want to do this without the pins, you could always back it with metal and use magnets, or maybe frame a painted metal sheet and hang it, using magnets to hold the art.

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  10. Wow what a surprise, thanks for the link back to me. This is still one my favorite things in our home. It also get a lot of oohs and aahs when people visit.

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  11. I like option one. Option 2 is cool too, but what if their stuff is big and doesn't fit into the frames :(

    Just Better Together

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  12. I luv all these ideas!

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  13. super ideas! i have a setup similar to #1 although I like the clean industrial look of that option I used simple string strung up with clothespins. Love so many of the ideas here!!!

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  14. Such wonderful ideas...thanks for sharing!

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  15. What great ideas! I found you from Kssnnikkel's blog- she mentioned you actually do things for BOYS! Which is pretty much impossible to find- as a mama of 3 boys, I appreciate not everything being geared toward girls!

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  16. I love these ideas, especially the collage with the little squares. I have a few posts on my blog that show what I have done with my daughter's art:

    http://toaprettylife.blogspot.com/2010/10/unexpected-art.html

    http://toaprettylife.blogspot.com/2010/09/use-angles-to-your-advantage.html

    http://toaprettylife.blogspot.com/2009/10/view-from-my-sofa.html

    I've also used some of her non-keeper paintings to wrap gifts.

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  17. What great ideas!

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  18. i was just talking about this at work and a coworker put them across her garage walls in rows cause she could bear to part with it (and they send home a lot in preschool)

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  19. We've used several of these ideas at different times, but my favorite is definitely the collage poster. I had a coupon code at Shutterfly, where they have simple collage templates, so I uploaded 9 photos (3 works from each child) and had posters printed for dad and both grandfathers for Father's Day. I might do another in a few years and hang them side by side--it will be fun to see how their techniques have changed!

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  20. I love all the ideas!

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  21. For the not so crafty, we hang art in the stairway down to the basement. Lots of space, little clutter on the fridge. =)

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  22. Thanks a ton, Cheri!! I love the collage idea. Perfect way to display the art. I am thinking of adding Tyler's picture from that age to it so I can see him grow along with his art.

    BTW, your post for this was done on Myles' birthday. I just got a chance to catch up on the blog while he is snoozing next to me.

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