Kids Artwork

August 27, 2012 by  

Kids Artwork – Great Ideas

What do you do with all that great artwork the kids bring home from school?  They are So proud of it!

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1) Photograph it

If you have a hard time throwing away their artwork, then one solution is to take pictures of it. You can have it on your computer or in a scrapbook and remember it for years to come. You can now do all kinds of neat things with them.

2) Photo Gifts
I just had mugs made for my Dad and sister for their birthdays with special pictures on them from SnapFish

3) Give them as Gifts

You can give one or two a year to a Grandparent or Aunt and Uncle if you can’t stand to throw it away, but you have your paper for the month. (My rule of saving only one paper for the month…but with most of these ideas, you can actually get rid of all the actual artwork but still see it for years to come!)

4) Frame Them

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Frame some of their artwork and hang it. I was just getting a picture framed for a client and there was a woman there with her grandchild’s art work that she was having framed to hang up. She was going to have it hanging in the guest room where her granddaughter stayed when she came to visit. She was using an expensive frame and mat, but the frames above in the picture are only $1.99 at Ikea. There are all kinds of cute colors and they would work great, so you don’t have to spend a lot of money.

5) Art Gallery

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I remember growing up that our upstairs hallway was the art gallery. Both my brother and sister are artist and did wonderful work even in grade and high school. My mother had their pieces displayed in the upstairs hallway. They were her favorite pieces. Then if something new came in she would take one down and put the new one up. We all thought that was great and anytime guests came to our house, mom proudly took them upstairs to show them the “art gallery”.

6) Photo Book

I heard a great idea from watching Peter Walsh on Oprah the other day. He suggested taking pictures of your child’s artwork with your digital camera and then putting them in a digital scrapbook. You can use or, and I also know that Creative Memories(their package for a 20 page book is about $99) does the same thing too.
But I do think his idea was great. You could make one of these each year with their artwork and it would be great fun for them to look at through the years and easy to pass on to them when they are grown.

7) Wall Art

Another thing they had on his segment of the Oprah show was to take carpet squares and use double sided tape and tape them to the wall to make a bulletin board. What they showed was using two different colors with two across and 3 down. Then they used that for a bulletin board and hung one piece of the kids artwork in each square to showcase it. This is one way you can change them often.

Let me know if you have any other ideas of what to do with your child’s artwork!

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6 Responses to “Kids Artwork”
  1. Since I’m an art teacher as well as an organizer, I did a blog about organizing kid’s art work.

  2. Girliemom says:

    i have 3 kids and they come home with a ton of stuff! in my mudrooom i have 3 hanging bins (from pottery barn) and i place all cpmpleted school stuff in there. Once a month, I will go thru it all and discard what i don’t want to keep and place the ones I do want to keep in a storage bin that I leave in my basement. each kid has their own storage bin.

    This is not be confused with paperwork that requires my attention (assignments, field trip forms). Those items are placed in another location!

  3. Sandy says:

    Great method! The key is that once that storage bin gets full for each child, then have them (or you) sort further to keep it to only 1 bin each. Thanks Melissa!

  4. AnEverydayJen says:

    I recently took pics of all of my sons artwork, but am still having troubles letting go of the originals. I like the idea of turning them into artwork. I may do this with our rec room – it would be great to have a wall full of fun art & lots of color!

  5. Sandy says:

    I think that sounds like a great idea. But keep in mind your walls will have limits too. :) I think many of us feel guilt over getting rid of something our children created. Pick out your favorites and use them in your rec room.

  6. Heather says:

    Thank you for the great ideas!

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