Ideas For Preserving Your Children's Artwork
Every crayon drawing and finger painting created by your budding artist is a treasure. But after a few years, you'll have more than enough precious portraits to wallpaper your house. You can't keep every piece of artwork your tot brings home, so you have to be creative with how you save the ones you want to keep. Here are 6 ideas for preserving and displaying your child's artwork.
If you have a blank wall, create a gallery using fishing wire, binder clips and screw eyes. Anchor the fishing wire on the wall with the screw eyes. Use the binder clips to hang the artwork along the fishing wire like flags or bunting. You can do two or three tiers to fit in as many paintings as you can. The artwork is easily changed out to suit your mood, season or the school year. If you want a more structured display, upcycle 2x4s and mount those to the wall and anchor the screws and fishing wire to the wood. It gives the display a little more depth and texture, and during the holidays, you can add sparkle with solar rope lights.
Artwork That Keeps On Giving
You can never have too much wrapping paper around the holidays, but all the Santas and snowflakes can get a little impersonal. For the older artworks that you're willing to part with, piece them together to create wrapping paper. You likely don't have enough art to wrap all of your holiday gifts, but for grandparents and aunts and uncles, the handcrafted wrapping paper is an extra special way to show them you and your kids care. For smaller pieces of work, make gift bags or gift tags. After the holidays, get creative with your folding and turn the art into thank-you notes.
Light up your kids' art by making selected pieces into luminaries. Upcycle old jars or glasses (if you don't have any, thrift stores are a good source for eclectically mismatched glasses) to mount the art. Take the art you want to use and cut them so they wrap around the jars without overlapping. Apply a thin coating of craft glue on the jar and lay the art on top of it. Illuminate it using a candle or battery-operated tea light.
If having paper art work stuck to your refrigerator is getting in the way of your dinner prep, streamline it by turning the art into magnets. Many copy shops can help you with this. All you have to do is make color copies of the artwork and shrink it down to the size magnet you want. The copy shop mounts it on the magnet for you. It's a simplified version of your child's artwork and it lasts longer than paper.
If you're really crafty, you can turn your child's art into sets of sheets. It is very labor intensive, but it's worth it to turn your treasures into something useful. It involves fabric marker, a lot of tracing and ironing, but the results are stunning. Check out Jen Thousand Words to see how she made her son's artwork into bedding!
If preservation is your top priority, turn your child's artwork into an album. It's no more difficult than scrapbooking, and you'll have it to leaf through long after your kids stop bringing home art to hang.
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