Children experience a creative explosion during the early years of school and a large amount of artwork is sent home. As a mother, I was thrilled to see my children’s creations, but then what do I do with all the bales of paper I’m accumulating? The first place each masterpiece was displayed was the almighty refrigerator. I don’t know too many homes where the fridge isn’t the art gallery, so to speak. The kitchen is usually the gathering place for most families – a great place to view and discuss your child’s accomplishments. So now what? I want to keep the very best drawings and collages from each school year to savor the memories. Here are a few great ideas to implement in your home.
Designate a hall of fame in your home. Transform a hall, walkway or entrance area as your “art hall of fame.” Display your children’s work at the child’s eye level for all the family to see and praise their efforts. I used our bedroom hallway for this task and changed the artwork monthly. Make sure to name and date each drawing before attaching it to the wall. There is a variety of no-mess, no-residue adhesives that will not mark the walls when you take down each month’s art.
Frame special pieces in picture frames. I made sure to choose my favorite piece of artwork from each grade level and frame it. Our family room is showered from very famous artists in history – our kids and now our grandkids. Pick up fashionable frames (that fit your décor) when they go on sale at your favorite stores and save them for special projects from the kids.
Make an old-fashioned banner display. I took a favorite quilted wall hanging and sewed loops of fabric along the top edge. Next, insert a curtain rod and hang this on the wall. It’s easy to tape or pin your children’s weekly or monthly artwork to the fabric and display their artwork in a cozy spot in your home. This display banner makes it easy to change pictures easily and often.
Set your dining table with familiar art. Take your precious drawings and laminate them between two sheets of clear adhesive paper. These make unique placemats for the table and they can be easily cleaned with a damp sponge. Such an easy project to make and they can be changed often, saving the old ones in a large box or plastic bin for storage. Think about using holiday drawings to bring in the spirit to your dining area.
Today with the use of technology, you can easily scan your child’s drawings to your computer. Or take digital photos of each piece. Burn each year’s artwork on CDs. This is a great way to save a lot of artwork in a small space. Not only can you view these disks on your computer, but hook it up to your television and have an end-of-the-year art review via a slideshow for the entire family to enjoy.
These are only a few ways I like to display my children’s artwork to enjoy now and even later when they are saved on disks. Other methods for storage are plastic bins and even clean pizza boxes. Make one for each child with his/her name on an outside label. It’s amazing how much you’ll treasure these “blasts from the past.”
Source: Personal experience
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