Organizing Your Child’s Art Work

A cabinet that is surrounded by sea shell shadow boxes on both sides.

Once your children reach an age in which they can hold a pencil in their hands or color on their own, you’re going to quickly accumulate a variety of pictures they have painted or drawn. Pictures you will find difficult to toss but nearly impossible to store and display! No, you can't display them all (although I guess you COULD wallpaper the home in them!), but you’re going to want to display some.

I keep what art work I can, particularly those pieces that mean something. As much as I’d like to say I keep them all, I simply don’t have the space! However, I have come up with some great ideas for storing and displaying art work as I go through and organize the play room. Here’s what I’ve done, and what I WANT to do, when it comes to my Picasso’s in training!

·            Frame it.  Special pieces, such as those my kids have done in school or for contests, I frame. We use the wall in the hallway leading to the girls’ bedrooms as an ‘art gallery’. Then we can view the pieces daily. I am also starting to frame and hang some of their pieces in the playroom to give that space a fun, kid-friendly feel. The girls love to stop and look at the artwork we display – we have some from when they were little tots – and so do their friends and our guests. Plus, it gives thespace a ‘kid feel.’

·            Scrapbook It. I purchased two scrapbooks, one for each girl, and then went through a variety of their art projects from school (puppets, snowmen heads, paintings) and slipped a variety of pieces from different grades into the scrapbook. This way the pages are protected, which they weren’t when I had them stored in a plastic container, and we can flip through and look at them without ruining them.

·             Hang it. This is a technique I haven’t used but am currently working on! I love the way these hanging artwork displays look, and the way you can decorate the walls and room without taking up shelf space. Here are just a few ideas I love:

  • Twine + Whimsical Wooden Anchors = a visually adorable way to hang artwork.  And I love the idea of using twine.
  • Use a crib spring  to pin up artwork inspiration and more. Once your littles have outgrown their cribs, you can paint that old spring shade you love (this crafty gal chose a vibrant teal) and voila! You have a fantastic wall mount for your child's artwork. Who would have thought?
  • While this whole post is full of ideas for displaying artwork,  scroll down to ‘framed’. I love the idea of using a small shelf and framing their art work. Using a variety of different sizes and colors creates a visually appealing display and easily change out the artwork. Pick up some cheap black frames at the dollar store, sand them down and customize the colors to your liking with spray paint for a DIY version.

How do you display and organize your kids’ artwork?

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Organizing Your Child’s Art Work

Kathy Murdock works as a full time writer and web designer. Recently planted in the middle of the deep south from the busy streets of Los Angeles, when she's not coding Wordpress websites or writing about women in business and thrifty motherhood, Kathy spends time photographing alligators, playing with her family, and running. ... More

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5 comments

  1. Mama says:

    Great idea thanks

  2. annabelle says:

    Too bad I threw some of my eldest work but this time I will keep them 🙂

  3. Janice says:

    This article, is worth it’s weight in gold. I hope everyone takes something from it, to benefit them and their child.

  4. Jeanetta says:

    I can’t wait to get artwork from my daughter…

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