What to do with kids’ art?

What to do with kids artwork - Creative Ideas

Children are so creative and if your kids are like mine, they produce A LOT of artwork. I especially love the colors, textures and details that get included as my children progress in their artistic skills.

As a designer, I’ve been trying to figure out what to do with everything they create…and I’ve had lots of ideas.

I’m still pretty early into “decorating with kids artwork,” so for now, I have a large box of my favorite pieces stored in a closet (UGH!), but at least my favorites are safe and ready to be repurposed!

Here’s how I currently display kids artwork:

I’m maintaining a framed gallery wall in the hallway

I’ve decided to use only black frames for consistency, but I’ve decided that each frame can be a different size and black material (wood, plastic, or metal), and some frames have mats, and some do not.

Sticky putty (or wall putty) is a Mother’s Best Friend. Safe on paint, it allows us to cycle through displaying new artwork!

We keep multiple art gallery walls using sticky putty to display kid artwork at home

I display my children’s masterpieces using sticky putty on the bedroom walls, doors, and around our kitchen.

I especially love that in the kitchen entryway we have a combination of “sculptural” artwork and drawings/paintings hung with putty AND one of my favorite Mondrian bird drawings turned into a wall decal. The variation in textures, materials, colors, and sizes brightens the entire room and makes our kids feel really special. They get excited to choose what to add to the collection. Cool!

I Share Kid’s Artwork Digitally

I’ve photographed and used my children’s artwork as the graphics in Christmas cards and emailed photos of their artwork as digital thank-you cards. I also share photos of our favorite creations in our family’s digital photostream.

I’ve been on the search for additional ideas. These are are a few of the common ideas I’ve found online.

1. Photo books for Kids’ artwork

Bound photo books are a great idea; however, they are a lot of work to create yourself and often are pretty pricy to have done for you, but I do TRULY love the idea.

You can make your own Kids Artwork Photobook with any online printing company that offers photobooks (think Shutterfly, Snapfish, etc)

Did you know there are even a few companies that specialize in creating and printing your kid’s artwork as keepsake books?

Plum Print > https://www.plumprint.com
ArtKive (an app) > https://www.artkiveapp.com
Artimus Art > http://www.artimusart.com

2. Gallery Walls + Framing Techniques + Canvas Prints for Displaying Kids’ Artwork

There are soooo many ideas and photos showing you how to make gallery walls and canvas prints for displaying kids’ artwork.

Hallway featuring kid artwork - kid artwork gallery wall.
Inspiration for displaying kid’s artwork – hang on walls and doors with putty and select your favorites for a framed gallery wall #kidartwall

Of course, I display my kids’ artwork in galleries and art walls, too, but today I was looking for additional inspiration, and here’s what I found. Enjoy!

Inspiration & Unique Ideas to display Kids’ Art

1. MY FAVORITE NEW IDEA: Wear your child’s artwork by turning it into jewelry and keychains

I’m so excited about Formia Design by Mia, an artist, and mother with a Virginia-based studio. She uses solid precious metals and genuine gemstones in her pieces to hand-make totally custom, high-quality pieces replicating your children’s artwork. WOW! I’m very impressed!

Learn more about jewelry designs by kids.

2. COOL: CREATE WALL STICKERS FROM YOUR KIDS ARTWORK

There’s no need to worry about your child’s artwork fading, wrinkling, or getting destroyed with this option because it turns your favorite children-created artwork into movable wall decals or clings. Use these adorable keepsakes to decorate kids’ rooms and playrooms or intersperse them with your other displayed artwork on gallery walls.

Personalized kids artwork wall decals are available from Arts and Bricks, and there’s even a 6-month subscription option — perfect for slowly building a wall collage of “keepers!”

Make wall stickers out of your kids art work
Turn your child’s artwork into wall stickers – perfect for kid’s room decorations.

3. INTERESTING: CREATE A PLUSH TOY (STUFFED ANIMAL)

I’d never really thought of this idea before, but there are many, many vendors who will take your kids’ artwork and sew a custom plush toy inspired by your child’s artwork. Very neat! Here’s a list of shops that provide this on ETSY. I really liked this talented artist’s Etsy store GrannyLuShop.

4. CUTE, ESPECIALLY FOR HOLIDAYS: MAKE A POSTAGE STAMP OUT OF KIDS’ ART

PhotoStamps allows you to upload photos – which could be your child’s artwork – to their stamp-making system. This could be a cute addition to sending holiday cards in the mail. 

Get stamps printed (that you can really use!) featuring your child’s artwork at PhotoStamps

Inspiration & Ideas to display Kids’ Art from other Bloggers

Blog: AN AWESOME COLLAGE TO DISPLAY KID’S ARTWORK

This blog details how to create your very own framed kids’ art collage with a frame, matboard, mat cutter, color printouts of your child’s artwork, scissors, and tape.

Follow Merrypad on Instagram. This is a beautiful example of the framed collage she details how to make, DIY style, on her blog.

Store: ITSY ART

This shop is for the non-DIY’ers. Simply take pictures of your favorite artwork and their team does the rest. You’re sent a professionally made framed kids’ art collage. Bonus! The store sells cute abstract fingerprint art prints and abstract name art, too.

Blog: 21 WAYS TO DISPLAY KIDS ARTWORK

This blog by The Artful Parent is a wonderful round-up of ideas for how to display your child’s artwork. The most unexpected suggestion was having a kids’ art show at your local coffee shop, bakery or gallery. My kids would be over the moon if their work was on display in a public place like this!

Other interesting suggestions were around what to hold or to use to hang the artwork, for instance hanging art with painted hangers, floating wall shelves, wall wires and magnet frames for the refrigerator.

Read more on The Artful Parent. Credits: Image belongs to The Artful Parent.

Blog: 6 DESIGN-FRIENDLY WAYS TO DISPLAY KIDS’ ARTWORK

This gallery shows 6 beautiful ways to display kids’ artwork…nothing mind-blowing but the choice of images and how they are displayed create really drool-worthy interior design photographs and spaces.

The highlighted interior design looks include: using a metal grid hung on the wall, wood slat display boards, framed gallery wall, printed framed collage (again!), clipboards, and a picture ledge.

See the full gallery on HGTV

BLOG: HOW TO MAKE PAPER PINWHEELS and COLLAGES

This Paper Pinwheel post by Childhood 101 is great if you have abstract pretty art that you’d like to repurpose. Especially if you have lots of finger paintings or full pages of thickly spread colorful paint, you could easily use that artwork to make paper pinwheels or as a basis for a collage.

The blog article, Collage Ideas for Kids, often combines paint and cut paper ideas to create beautiful mixed-media artwork.

Photo Credit: Childhood 101
What to do with kids' artwork? Use random painted paper as the backdrop for cut paper magazine collages.
What to do with kids’ artwork? Use random painted paper as the backdrop for cut paper magazine collages.

BLOG: Trace Kids’ Artwork with Sharpie on a Tea Towel

Displaying your child’s artwork in the kitchen is an honored space that will delight any creative child. Heather’s simple DIY idea for Turning Your Child’s Artwork into a Tea Towel is simple and delightful! Take a look.

Displaying your child's artwork in the kitchen is an honored space that will delight any creative child. Heather's simple DIY idea for Turning Your Child's Artwork into a Tea Towel is simple and delightful! Take a look at this and MANY other ways to repurpose and display your child's artwork.
Image copyright: settingforfour.com

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