Being a mom and an artist, I was so excited when my first son started preschool and began bringing home art projects. I had the grand idea that I would be able to save all of these projects in a portfolio for each of my children.
When school began, the art projects began rolling in at a rapid rate. I was inundated with finger paintings, alphabet creations and doodles. I quickly learned that unless I rented a storage locker, there was no way that I would be able to save everything that my children’s little hands created throughout their years of art classes.
As my second son began his educational adventure, I realized quickly that I was going to have to get very creative in finding ways to store kids art. We turned to some of our favorite blogs for easy and adorable solutions.
Fun Ways to Display Artwork
Turn your kids’ artwork into cute DIY placemats.
Make a kids art gallery using some colorful frames and wires with clothespins. via The Caterpillar Years
Colorful clothespins are perfect for stringing artwork along a wall. This way, it can be easily changed out! via Design Improvised
Use decoupage to turn artwork into something more permanent — add it to vases or notebooks!
Glue a clip onto a picture frame for a cute (and simple) way to display artwork. via Lolly Jane
Paint funky frames onto the wall for a more permanent solution! via Childhood 101
Scan the artwork and create a huge collage with it! via Clean and Scentsible
This frame is the perfect place for keeping all those pieces of art! Display one and store the others in the inside pocket.
Use a curtain wire from Ikea to hang artwork in a fun way. via Mums Grapevine
Personalize a pallet board with clothespins as a place to hang artwork. via Pallet Furniture DIY
Old clipboards make a great, nonpermanent solution for artwork storage. via Home Is What You Make It
Take a picture of artwork and create a photo book with all the images. via Life Happens
Create baby file boxes to house all the artwork from every grade. via Destination of Domestication
Use this free template to create an easy collage from your digital artwork. via Simple as That Blog
Make a kids’ artwork portfolio from poster board as a slim way to store projects. via Pajama Mama
Store all the artwork and papers in a Memory Binder — you can make one for each year, or combine multiple years! via Reluctant Entertainer
Display artwork in a shadow box, and add some crayons for a fun effect! via Dear Lizzy
How To Store Kids Art
- Go digital! One easy storage idea was right at my fingertips for years, and I kick myself when I realized how long it took me to discover it. It is a solution that allows you to save copies of all of your children’s art with minimal effort. Simply scan them into your computer and keep them on a disk. You can label each picture with the date, project type or special occasion it represents. I now have a disk for each of my children for each year of school. I simply label it with the child’s name and the school year and I am able to save all of their artwork and many of the writing samples, without creating chaos in my home. While it doesn’t allow me to save all the originals, it does allow me to keep everything they bring home for future viewing.
- Creation station! In our house, we have a large desk that has been designated our creation station! It is where we keep our art supplies and where the children can complete projects anytime! I knew it was another perfect area to adorn with artwork, I just need to find a way. Then, one day while walking through the home improvement store, it hit me! I was walking through the plexi-glass aisle and realized that was my solution. After returning home and measuring the desk, I was able to purchase a perfectly fitted piece of plexi-glass at a minimal cost. I simply place the art work between the desk and the plexi-glass, and the plexi-glass also helps to protect the desk top while my kids are doing projects and is easily wiped off when things get messy
Once you begin to look outside the box and get creative with your storage solutions, you’ll find an abundance of options and hopefully have a little fun in the process! And if you choose to use a disposable option like digital storage, don’t trash the art work when you are done! Be sure to toss it into the recycling bin. Some of these ideas are quick and some take an afternoon to complete. Some are neat and clean and some may have you and your child messy as can be. But one thing is assured, you’ll be left with many memories without the headaches of having to rent a storage locker to keep it all!
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