This summer we did yet another bedroom switcheroo. My college-age daughter decided she was ready for her own Girl Cave in our basement (and her own bathroom!), so of course, the boys decided their current rooms were no longer “working” for them either. Hence, the bedroom switcheroo… the grass is always greener, you know. 🙂
In the midst of the switcheroo, was the revelation of multiple under-the-bed boxes of artwork. Ten plus years of artwork for each of them. Seriously. Fortunately, I didn’t save EVERY piece of artwork they brought home, and fortunately the number of art projects dwindled significantly once they hit middle school. Nonetheless, you can imagine the sheer volume of art from three children over all those years. And I felt badly that after their brief stints in the spotlight of my refrigerator, they were relegated to dust-bunny territory.
As a preschool teacher, I know how proud children are of their art work. And being the handiwork of your little treasures, their art projects deserve a little space to strut their stuff in your home. So how about some inspiration pics of how to do just that?
I love this idea! How simple to grab some frames at the thrift store (discard whatever art they housed), paint in a fresh color, add wire and clips for easy display that is simple to change out. A narrow or awkward wall in your kitchen or breakfast nook is the perfect spot!
This is a similar idea, with one larger frame and multiple projects displayed within it. Great idea if wall space is at a premium. Again, your local thrift store is an excellent source for frames. I can typically find large framed artwork for under $5. Look beyond what’s inside it, because you’ll get rid of that anyway. 🙂 A $3 can of spray paint and you’re in business with a whole new look.
Here is a cute idea from the Land of Nod… easy to recreate with hobby store cutouts adhered to simple clothespins.
This idea shows photographs clipped to a line, but it could easily be adapted to children’s art work. In fact, on a recent trip to Ikea, I found this curtain hanging system, that would work perfectly for a modern simple display of your little treasure’s masterpieces.
Not a bad solution for $12.99.
I love this creative display idea as well.
Old pants hangers and clipboards! Easy to change out the display and full of character. The idea of redeeming and reusing ordinary household things in a new way speaks to me.
If you’re like me and maybe the days of school bags and backpacks laden with art projects are behind you, you might still want to keep some masterpieces for the long term. My friend Bliss, the boss of Bliss Ranch, and mom of six, DIY blogger, and creative soul has the answer for you and me.
She created a series of framed collages of her favorite art projects over the years and they now adorn a hallway in her home. Click on the pin and it will take you to her complete tutorial she guest posted on MyUncommonSliceofSuburbia.com, but I invite you to visit her blog Bliss Ranch for amazing projects galore, too. I was so inspired by her genius (and she is brilliant!), that I scoped out large frames with glass (remember, we want these to last and the art to be protected) on that same trip to Ikea.
Sorry for the blurry iPhone pic! These are very simple frames for $10 each and about 30×24 in size. Not a bad option… then I spotted these.
YES! Even better! A more substantial frame, larger size to accommodate a larger collage, and a mat which will lend a more finished feel to the framed piece.
I snagged four of these, one for each of my children and one to be shared by my stepsons. Alas, my husband was not a believer in saving much art work when his sons were growing up. I’ve salvaged just enough to create one Milton Boys collage. All four will be in our basement game room once completed. I will mine those bulging under-the-bed boxes for my kids’ works of genius and become a collage-making fool.
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