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5 Ways to Organize and Display Your Child’s Artwork

When your child’s artwork starts overtaking the refrigerator, it’s time for a better display system to display your child’s artwork. Here are 5 ways to get organized!

Kids-Artwork-Framed

With so much artwork coming in every day, figuring out where to put it all can get overwhelming. The first thing you need to do is create a “zone” for the artwork. Decide on one place where you will set up your display that is devoted to nothing but art. It might be a wall in the kitchen or someplace in each child’s room. Creating a “zone” will keep everything from looking cluttered and messy.

Organize and Display Artwork

1. Frame it:

Framing the artwork gives it a feeling of importance and also looks very neat.  Let your child choose only his favorite pieces to frame and then swap them out each month.  One of my favorite frames also doubles as storage.  The Dynamic Artwork Frame opens to store up to 50 other pieces of art. When you are ready for a change in artwork, just open it up and put the new one on top.  Clear acrylic frames are also great because you can easily slip artwork in and out without having to take the frame down.

Kid's Art Framed2. Hang it:

Set up curtain rods and hang the artwork using the clips.  You could set up one long one or multiple rows if your space is more narrow.  An even cheaper option is to use a clothesline and clothespins to hang everything.  Just use a screw-in hook to attach the clothesline to each side of the wall.

Kids Art Displayed on a Curtain Rod

3. Magnetic Paint:

Create a special art zone by painting a large square on the wall using magnetic paint.  Make sure you use some good heavy-duty magnets to make sure everything stays in place.

Kids art displayed on Magnetic paint

4. Cut it out:

Use the artwork to create something new. Cut pictures into different animals using these templates and frame for a more permanent art piece. Here’s an example from Sarah Jane Studios.

Kids Art Cut out and Framed

5. Make a Digital Book:

It is hard to save everything your kids bring home. Save the best ones and try not to be sad as you throw everything else away. Scan the artwork into your computer or take a digital picture of each one. Load the images onto a photo site such as Snapfish of Shutterfly and create book to preserve all the memories.

What are some of the ways you organize and display your child’s artwork?

Guest post by Heidi – Heidi is a mom of 2 and has a budget wise home! She’s the owner of Budge Wise Home, a blog dedicated to saving you money as you decorate your home. There is a new budget decorating tip M-F as well as highly discounted home décor every day. Jewelry Art is another shop featured here where you will find beautiful and unique art pieces to display and organize your jewelry.

42 comments

  1. One more fabulous idea – to help you SAVE TIME…let us do all the work! SouvenarteBooks will scan and photograph all of your child’s art work and design a beautiful book for your family to enjoy! Don’t stash your kid’s art in the basement or under the bed! Call us at 917-740-2789, email or visit our website asap! A new school year is starting soon and before you know it, you’ll have another wonderful collection of your kid’s art that you will want to save.

  2. This is full of wonderful ideas!! We have the display hangers–but used picture wire strung from 2 floating picture posts. It is a really clean, modern look. Another great display option is the Masterpiece Montage by Simply Create–this is a gallery style poster of many of your child’s artworks. Little artists are SO proud to see their work hanging in your home. A Masterpiece Montage is a beautiful & tasteful way to do it!
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  3. A few more thoughts on long-term storage: Try just a binder and clear sheet protectors, or maybe a keepsake box for each child that they can keep in their room. This may help to set a limit on how much stuff they can save. Once it’s full, that’s it type of thing.

  4. I’m so glad you have all loved the ideas and hope you’ll be able to keep things more organized. As for long term storage, I’m a big fan of the digital books. I know it’s not the same as having the real piece to hold on to, but it takes up a lot less space and in a few years, the memory will be what matters most to you anyway. If that’s not something you want to do, then just save the very best pieces and set a limit- like no more than 10 per year. As for the magnetic paint, you do need to use a few coats for it to work well. You also need to use stronger magnets-and it should work just fine.

  5. These are great ideas! We have a magnetic chalkboard that I should use for display (maybe there are cute magnets on Etsy?) (always looking for an excuse to buy stuff on Etsy)…love the cut-outs too. I would love ideas on what to do with the art after the display is done. I have a huge art portfolio for the best-of-the-best art for each kid, but they are, frankly, a mess. Is there a better long-term storage option?

  6. Great post! I love how you have included different options! It’s hard to always find the right option…and sometimes you need to bit a bit of each. Thanks for the link, and great to see you at ALT last weekend:)

  7. What great ideas. I have been looking for a way to display my girls’ artwork. I love the curtain rod idea the and have the perfect place to put it. Where do you get the little clippy things?

  8. I love your article of kids art… my little girl has just started drawing (tons of pictures!), and it’s inspired me to start digitalising kids art and embroidering it http://www.2greenmonkeys.co.uk/kids_art.htm.

    But you can do it by hand too … I think it’s a great way of treasuring kids drawings forever.

    If you like my stuff, it would be great if you could feature me in an article. I’ve only just started out and the extra publicity would be great!

    Kind regards, Sarah

  9. One way to display your child’s artwork is online at RefrigeratorArtist.com! You can upload photos of the artwork into online galleries for free and share with friends and family online. Once you’ve uploaded art, you then have the option to create keepsakes from the art, since keeping it all forever just may not be possible. :)

  10. Excellent! The shower rod is one I’ve been wanting to do. Now I just have to find where I’ve stored all the artwork. I’ve heard magnetic paint is rather weak. Any tips on that?

  11. Well now, cutting up artwork into animal shapes is a wonderful idea! I never thought of that… I do have plenty of toddler paintings that are a bit ho-hum. This is a great way to do something creative with them, giving them a little zing. Love it. Thanks!!

  12. Great ideas!
    I’ve been taking photos of my daughter’s artwork, with the hope of one day creating a photo album of her artwork. It takes up much less space than keeping everything!

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