Mention ‘kids artwork’ to most parents and their response will be a mixture of sentimental pride and despair over how or where to keep it all.
As a public service to paper laden parents everywhere, we have scouted around to find our favourite (and ever so simple) ideas to keep those masterpieces both contained AND enjoyed.
Clockwise from top left:
Wires – these are actually curtain wires from our good friends at IKEA * with artworks pegged on with metal curtain clips (image courtesy of loveofinteriors.blogspot.com)
Yellow frames – these are painted onto the wall however I have also seen a similar effect created with removable tape. Love a bit of whimsy.
Blackboard wall – with frames drawn to suit shape and size of the latest artwork. Easy to update with a bit of imagination!
Good ‘ole white frames – simple, fresh, easy and affordable to add to as your collection grows (and, boy, does it grow!). The colours of the artworks really pop against the white too.
*Although it may appear so, we are NOT sponsored by IKEA. They just have lots of clever and affordable ideas (Mr IKEA, if you are reading this, we are happy to receive a generous sponsorship proposal from you – just sayin’!)
Here is another terribly original idea if you want to take your displays one step further than the wall! Baking or tracing paper artwork wrapped around existing lamps (be sure to check fire safety of paper)
Lastly, if you just can’t bear it any longer and need to hide some of it away, these drawers from (gulp) IKEA*, are the perfect solution and can slide under most standard kids desks.
We have plenty more storage ideas for artwork so stay tuned for those in the weeks to come.
Great ideas! I love the lampshades and drawers. Did you read the survey about parents feeling guilty about throwing their kids’ drawings away? Here are some more ideas for storing, displaying and making keepsakes from kids’ art. http://www.happydoodles.com/blogs/news/6041344-63-of-parents-feel-guilty-about-ditching-kids-artwork
Thanks Heather! I didnt see the survey?
Hi Rudy – I just posted the press release about the survey results. Interesting – and also guilt reducing for those of us who like to hear that we’re not the only ones! Here’s the new post: http://www.happydoodles.com/blogs/news/6180998-survey-parents-feeling-guilty-about-ditching-childrens-artwork
We’ve only just started this year with the presentation of artwork/craft from the library and Sunday School. Our bay window window sill is covered in our son’s “collection” as he calls it. No piece can be thrown out, he would notice in a heartbeat!!! We are fast running out of room!
you’ll have to include the gorgeous softies made from kids drawings. Cant do it for all of them obviously but great for those extra special ones