It’s not even two months into the school year and I am already collecting artwork that my son brings home from class, not to mention the fact that both he and my daughter love to draw in general. Last year was my son’s first year in school and for the entire school year, we collected many drawings and other creations with no idea where to put them. We ended up either putting them up on the fridge until you couldn’t see the appliance itself or in a big envelope. It was starting to become a nuisance, however, having drawings falling off the fridge all the time or ending up with artwork scattered all over the house (while the big envelope was originally thought of with good intention somehow the art hardly ever made it into the darn thing!)
I needed a solution, so I started trying to come up with ideas of how I could store and display the artwork. The first thing I decided was that I need to start going through all the drawings and selecting what to keep and what to get rid of. Let’s face it, you just can’t save every single scribble your toddler makes for you, and there are only so many versions of the same happy face picture your kindergartener draws that you can keep, right?
Here are my top five ways to display your kid’s artwork:
1. Clothespins: I chose to set this up on a wall in our basement play/family room (I used twine, hooks, and clothespins). What’s great about this idea is that you can easily switch things up by taking older artwork off and putting new ones in place.
2. Picture Frames: Put some of your kid’s masterpieces in frames and create a decorative art wall in one of the rooms in your home!
3. Floating shelves: If you don’t want to set up a wall with framed artwork on it, you could use floating shelves instead. This will allow you to not only display artwork in frames but perhaps pieces your child made out of clay or wood.
4. Corkboard: You can use one, or create an art wall using more than one board, to display the artwork. Just like the clothespins, you can easily swap out drawings.
5. Scrapbook: Place your child’s drawings or paintings in a scrapbook and use it also as a way to document the date and age they made it.