Ten Ways to Display Kids’ Artwork
Parents often face the dilemma of what to do with their kids’ art. From the tracings of their little hands to the stick figure drawings of their families, kids want to see their work displayed. But the reality is, we can’t keep it all of it, much less showcase it. When it comes to displaying kids’ art, try simplifying the process with three rules: 1. Keep their favorites. 2. Display it in a way that it becomes part of your family’s home decor. 3. Choose a method that allows you to change out the art often. Here are some clever ways to feature your favorite artists’ masterpieces.
For an affordable and easy solution, try picking up a yardstick and a bag of clothespins and sticking them on a wall. As explained in the blog, My Domestic Daybook, you can also paint the yard stick and the clothespins. This blogger chose a neutral white but painting each clothespin a different color could add some punch to your playroom wall. She adhered the clothespins to the yardstick with tacky glue and the yardstick to the wall with velcro (but Command Strips are another good option). With this method, kids can feature up to nine pieces; it is so simple to change out the artwork, they can even do it themselves.
IKEA sells this to hang curtains but parents have discovered it is a genius way to display artwork. The silver cable wire and matching hooks give walls a shiny, industrial look. The Dignitet curtain wire comes with all the pieces necessary for mounting it to the wall and the price is usually under $10.
3. Turn it into something useful
This method breaks rule number three (since you can’t change out the pieces) but still, it is a great option for people who prefer not to hang kids’ artwork. Instead, take photos of your children’s pieces and upload them to a site like Shutterfly or Snapfish and turn them into household items like a mug, a photo book, a pillow, a reusable shopping bag or even a puzzle. These also make perfect gifts for grandparents.
4. Cork Boards
Old-fashioned cork boards are versatile and super easy to use. But for a prettier and more customized way to feature artwork on a cork board, pick up the kind with a frame like this one from Hobby Lobby and stick the child’s initial on the board. In fact, you can get a cork board and initial per child so each one has their own little gallery.
5. DIY Art Gallery
All art looks best framed but framing children’s creations is both costly and time-consuming. With a few open frames and clothespins, you can create your own art gallery. There are several ways to accomplish this. One blogger bought six frames, painted them yellow and attached fishing wire. Then she and her child hung pictures with a clothespin. Another simpler approach is to mount a clothespin to the middle of the frame.
This idea is exactly like it sounds–a wall of clipboards. Parents will love that this method is cheap and makes for super simple art change-outs. They may not love that they have to nail them into the wall. Still, 15 or so clipboards with colorful artwork can spark some cultured conversation.
7. Hinged Storage Frames
The hinged storage frame may not be the cheapest option, but it is certainly easy to use and aesthetically pleasing. The frame makes it really simple for parents to feature their children’s artwork and store other pieces. Hang the frame on the wall and open it every time you want to showcase a different masterpiece.
8. Curtain Rod with Hooks
Similar to the Ikea cable wire solution, this option gives parents a little more flexibility in style. Buy a curtain rod that goes with your decor and ring hooks to attach to it. The hooks should have clips on the end like the ones pictured above. Then mount the curtain rod to an empty wall and boom–instant art display area.
9. Magnetic Frames
For parents who are content to keep their children’s artwork on the fridge, but prefer the less cluttered look, magnetic frames work wonderfully. Most magnetic frames are made for photos and are too small for a child’s typical 8.5 x 11 piece of paper. Try magnetic document holders like these or, for an even cooler look, make your own magnetic frames.
10. Frame Tape
When parents can’t bear the thought of hanging anything else but want to frame their children’s art, there is frame tape. Yes, this actually exists and it comes in all types of colors and styles. Simply unroll the tape and stick it on the wall in the size of your choice. Hang the artwork using mounting putty or push pins. This easy solution will brighten up any space, and is best suited for a kids’ room or playroom.