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5 Clever Ways to Display Your Child's Artwork

Unless you have a museum in your home, it’s nearly impossible to save every drawing and painting that your child will bring home.  The good news is that there are creative alternatives to display and keep your Picasso’s artwork without the guilt of discarding the majority of it when your child is not looking. Here's how.

By
Cheryl Butler,
February 25, 2014

Whether you have one child or 8 like I do, the moment they start attending day care, nursery school, and beyond, the flood gates will open and they will come home with loads of artwork and other creative projects.

While parents relish these one-of-a-kind masterpieces, let’s face it—we only have so much room to save dozens of brown and purple finger paintings and nature collages. 

Unless you have a museum in your home, it’s nearly impossible to save every drawing and painting that your child will bring home.  The good news is that there are creative alternatives to display and keep your Picasso’s pieces without the guilt of throwing them away when your child isn't looking:

  1. Create a “Favorite Projects” online memory book.   I used to scan and make copies of my kids' favorite art projects and store them on a disc so that they would always have a reminder of their hard work.  Then online scrapbooking came about and now I scan their projects and turn them into a digital keepsake memory book instead.  I have a separate memory book for each of my 8 kids spanning the nursery school years right up through high school.  

  2. Turn art projects into decoupage pieces.   If you love the look of decoupage, turning your kids' projects into a permanent piece of art can add whimsy and love to a coffee or end table, trunk, wooden storage box, or even a hallway. 

  3. Create a Photoshop collage.   If you’re looking to showcase a dozen or more pieces of artwork all at once, then you’ll love creating a collage using Photoshop or other computer software program. Make a template that will allow you to insert color photo copies of your child’s showstoppers.  Just photograph the paintings and drawings of your choice, save as a .jpeg and then you can individually insert them into a collage template.  For a guided tutorial, check out Clickin Moms step-by-step easy instructions on creating a collage template.

  4. Use picture frames to create a wall display.   Many picture frames are artful in themselves, so when you add your child’s striking collection of paintings, you’ve got an even more eye-catching vignette for your family room, kitchen, or other favorite room in your home.  Take it one step further by making some signage that states who the beloved artist is and place near the hanging framed pieces.

  5. Transfer your childrens' art onto fabric.  It's super easy nowadays to transfer a photo of a piece of art onto anything from pillowcases and sheets to tablecloths, t-shirts, and even a duvet cover.  Thanks to Pinterest, there's never a lack of ideas pinned for all of us to browse, share, and then enjoy making.  Here’s a link to one mom's very clever blog post about how she transferred her son's art project onto a duvet cover.

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