January 30, 2011

Cool Ideas for Displaying Your Kid’s Artwork


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I am an art mom.  I am very definitely not a crafty mom, but art?  Art, I can do. 

What, exactly, is the distinction? In my mind, crafting makes a finished product and often requires some amount of skill (sewing, stitching, cutting in straight lines – all things I am incapable of), while art…well, art is messy.  And making a huge mess is something I have no problem with.  And something my husband (bless him) has learned to live with.

So it follows that we have tons and tons of artwork, in various phases of "finished" floating about our small apartment.  And since Jackson Pollock is one of my very favorite artists….I obviously don't need a recognizable shape to love the art.  But, given the size of our space, we did need a cool way to display! My old method of scotch-taping-to-the-wall (see it in my previous post on easy Montessori-style shelves) just wasn't cutting it.  After much research, we decided on Ikea's Dignitet Curtain Wire System ($14.99) plus hooks ($4.99). 

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NOTE:  Denver didn't have an Ikea, but we found the entire Dignitet system on Ebay for $30, including shipping.  Done and done.

Depending on your space (or the type of artwork to display)…you might want to check out some of these other cool methods for displaying your kiddo's work: 

 

Magnetic Paint

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Use magnetic chalkboard paint or (just magnetic primer) on your walls, the affix your child's artwork to the wall with cool magnets.  The pic above shows HGTV's take, using magnetic chalkboard paint to display old photos, but I think kid's art would also be cool.

 

Storage Frames

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I like the idea of storage art frames.  We tend to create so much art in any given week that a traditional frame would take more patience than I have (taking down the frames, unscrewing the backs, inserting new pictures, etc, etc.)  Storage frames are a no-brainer.  Open it up, throw in the new pic.  The other artwork just gets stored behind the newer ones.

I love the Lil Davinci storage art frames at Hearth Song.  They come in two standard sizes, the smaller for $25, the larger for $35.

If you are looking for a DIY option, OhDeeDoh has instructions for making this storage art frame, pictured below, from an old cereal box.

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Quick Frames

OhDeeDoh also had a couple of fun quick frame ideas.  One of their ideas (pictured below) involves mounting Wexel Art frames to the wall, then affixing your kiddo's art with magnets.

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Another idea (pictured below) simply tapes your kiddos art to the wall, framing it with inexpensive colored mats.  

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Personally, I think black mattes would be more sophisticated…but any color would look better than the scotch tape I was using!

Any other ideas, readers?  What have you done to display your kiddo's artwork?

xo,

S

 

 

 

6 Comments
  • picture framing
    January 31, 2011

    Storage frames are a no-brainier. Open it up, throw in the new pic. The other artwork just gets stored behind the newer ones.

  • nell
    January 31, 2011

    Love the hanging artwork, I had one of those rigged up with family photos from our first year living across the pond. Denver doesn’t have an Ikea?!?! -one demerit for Denver.

  • Kristen M.
    January 31, 2011

    We use a total bootleg version of the cute ikea wire…yarn and sparkly pushpins. But it works.
    My favorite idea, however, is taking pictures throughout the year of my son and daughter’s creations (before recycling them AFTER bedtime….) I save the pics on in a folder on my desktop and at the end of the year, I make them a little book on shutterfly of their artwork. They love it.

  • cjoy
    January 31, 2011

    I use Ikea’s cheaper version – the string with small ladybug “clothespins”. Right now, it’s even doubling as a spot to hold a happy birthday banner. :D

  • S
    February 1, 2011

    Nell – It’s coming. This fall, I believe. :)
    Kristen & Cjoy – Nice ideas! And Kristen…I’m LOVING the art book idea. Wow. That’s perfect!! What a cool coffee table book idea…yes. I’m totally going to copy it.

  • Olivia
    May 2, 2011

    I feel so much happier now I uendrstnad all this. Thanks!

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