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What to do with kids’ art?

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.

So far, I have a large box of my favorites (stored in a closet, ugh, but at least my favorites are ready to be repurposed!)

Here’s what I’m doing currently:

I’m maintaining a framed gallery wall in the hallway. For consistency, I’ve decided to use only black frames, but they can be different sizes and materials and some have mats and others 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!

I display their masterpieces using sticky putty on their 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’ve photographed and used pieces as the graphics in Christmas cards and emailed photos of their artwork as digital thank-you cards. I also share photos of our favorites in our family photo stream.

Whenever I look online, I’m finding a couple very common ideas:

1. Photo books

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

You could make your own with any online printing company that offers photobooks (Think Shutterfly, Snapfish, etc)

Did you know there are even a few companies that specialize in just creating and printing your kids art work 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

There are soooo many ideas and photos showing you how to make these sorts of display options.

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 these ways, too, but today I was looking for additional inspiration and here’s what I found. Enjoy!

Inspiration & 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

No need to worry about your child’s artwork fading, wrinkling or getting destroyed while being displayed. This option turns your favorite artwork into movable wall decals that you can use to decorate kids’ rooms and playrooms or intersperse with your other artwork display options. Custom kids artwork wall decals are available by 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. Very neat! Here’s a list of shops that do 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 print outs, 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! 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. The 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

This how-to post by Childhood 101 is great if you have abstract pretty art that you’d like to repurpose. Think finger paintings or full pages thickly spread with colorful paint.

Photo Credit: Childhood 101

Do you have other ideas?

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