Ahhh! What to do with all those beautiful works of art your kids bring home? I get asked this question all the time. For many people, this is a daunting task! Our kids’ creativity comes in all shapes, sizes and even materials. Here are some great ideas for getting started on organizing all the artwork.
- Purge! We all know we can’t keep every single piece. Have each child choose their best pieces to store in a folder for a designated amount of time (for example, one month). At the end of the month, go through the folder to make room for new pieces, keeping only the favorites. Toss the rest. At the end of the school year, store any favorites in a box designated for storage.
- Frame it! Purchase frames that are designed for easily interchanging. The frames stay in place on the wall, making it super easy to change out your child’s artwork on a regular basis.
- Scan it! Take advantage of our digital times and scan in the artwork to be stored electronically. Again, choose only your favorites. You can also take a picture of your child with his or her artwork, which can be really cool.
- Start a Scrapbook. Scan or take photos of your child’s artwork and use them in a scrapbook. Better yet, get your child involved in this creative task.
- Go Vertical to Display. Use a ribbon to hang pictures using a metal clip or clothespins. You could also use the country style ladder by attaching silver office rings around the rungs of the ladder (this also works great for displaying and storage magazines – just lay them over the rungs directly).
What creative solutions for your kids' artwork have you used successfully?