framing kids’ art

I know you have stacks and stacks of artwork that your kids have drawn, painted, stamped, cut and pasted.

I have them too.

The good news is that when framed, these priceless pieces can proudly hang in any room of your home.

How to display children’s art:

1. Find a frame:

floating frame for childrens art work

My favorite frames are floating frames. A floating frame can be purchased at custom frame stores.   In the Dallas area, I find that Aaron Brothers has the best selection.   I have found them at Hobby Lobby and Michael’s, but usually in the smaller sizes.

The prices range from under $10 for two pieces of plastic clenched by metal strips to $30+ for glass surrounded by wood.

They are extremely easy to use. Many people may shy away from the initial contemporary look, but they work in most decors because your wall color will end up to be the artwork “mat” which helps it blend into any style.

2. Emphasize the art’s irregular shape:

framed zebra - childrens art

Part of the brilliance of the floating frame is that kid’s art is usually irregular in size and shape. Children don’t seem to crank out 8x10s, 11x13s or 14x16s. Their medium usually starts with a 8 1/2 x 11 piece of paper and then gets bigger with tape and glue or smaller with scissors. A floating frame will frame the irregular size and shape to visual advantage.

3. Don’t be afraid to alter the art:

childrens art framed weave construction paper

*gasp*

I know this is a little controversial. Most people want to keep the artistic integrity of a work, but often that renders it useless as “framable”. I have found by trimming out an undesirable area or by cutting several pieces of art into smaller pieces and framing them together it works better.

Another option is to scan the artwork into a program like Photoshop. This allows backgrounds to be cleaned up and modified without touching the original.

4. Group similar art:

blue childrens art series framed

Pictured above is a grouping of my son Reid’s “Blue Period”. Grouping similar works together gives each item more impact. Children are often quite prolific. So plan ahead and save some room for new masterpieces. There is space under this grouping pictured above to add 3-6 more paintings since Reid’s blue period was quite lengthy.

6. It doesn’t have to be art to be art:

framed childrens math

I like to watch for things to frame that aren’t traditional children’s art. Pictured above is a paper that Ryan wrote numbers and pretend multiplication tables. Not all his math is perfect, but when matted and framed it takes on a funky artistic vibe.

7. Don’t be afraid to hang the art where you will see it:

series of six childrens art

When children’s art is framed, grouped and hung properly it can go almost anywhere in the house. Don’t hide it in the kids’ rooms or playroom. The grouping pictured above is hung in the kitchen. The zebra pictured above sits on a shelf in my master bedroom.

Your child’s art is important!

My current to-do list includes picking up another floating frame because this recently came home from school:
childrens art snow scene

Actually, I buy floating frames in bulk.

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17 Comments

  1. GREAT ideas! Now I’ll have to go back & dig through my kids’ artwork! 🙂

  2. Fantastic! I really love this idea and am going to put it to use – we do have stacks and stacks. Another idea I have yet to try, but that’s my goal for this spring: to scan each piece and make a coffee table book.

  3. I love the idea of framing it. Right now, my daughter owns the space on the refrigerator and rotates her favorite pieces weekly.

  4. very interesting idea! I’ve been scanning ours. I want to make a giant collage type print at the end of the year of each boys’ art.

  5. Where do you get the frames in bulk? I totally need to do this with the piles of art work we have and all the blank walls in our new house!

  6. I love this… you, my girl, are genius!

  7. I love creative ways to display kids’ art! My daughter just got into coloring and it’s just about the only thing she wants to do right now, so I’m pretty sure a whole ton of art is in my future (she’s only 19 months!).

  8. How fun! I love how their art changes over time. Be sure to frame some of her early works.

  9. Thank you. Thank you very much :).

  10. Twice a year Aaron Brothers has a buy one, get one for a penny. I think it is August and January…I just line up outside the door!

  11. What fun! I like that idea a lot.

  12. Shhh…your secret is safe here. I think it is best for everyone involved.

  13. What a great idea. I am kinda lazy about actually doing any rotation.

  14. fun! I love that.

  15. dig away!

  16. Love this Holly! You’re so right, using your little ones art work is a very affordable way to decorate, especially when you can buy frames on sale or inexpensively.

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