As parents, we are always looking for ways to display kids artwork — that mountain of creativity they draw, paint, collage at home and at school. Their artwork deserves a special display, but more often than not it ends up in a pile along with some good intentions. Um, speaking for myself here, but from what I hear, I’m not the only one.
HOW TO GET FROM A STACK OF ORIGINAL KID CREATIONS TO A DISPLAY THAT BOTH HONORS THEIR ARTWORK, LOOKS GOOD IN YOUR HOME, AND IS EASY TO SWITCH OUT ART PIECES AS YOUR CHILDREN MAKE NEWER AND GREATER ARTWORKS AND AS THEIR ART STYLES DEVELOP AND CHANGE?
In this post I’ll share lots of ways to display kids artwork—some are ways we use or have used, some are ways I’ve admired, all fit as many of the above criteria as possible, especially the bit about being easy to switch out artwork as your children continue to create and to grow.
HERE ARE 21 WAYS TO DISPLAY KIDS ARTWORK
1. This first one is our own kids art display wall, made out of thrifted frames with the glass and backing removed.
2. Instead of removing the backs, you could simply replace the glass in a set of frames with cork from a roll of cork board.
3. You can use inexpensive frames that allow you to pop out the artwork easily to change what is displayed
4. You can also display kids art along a wire. Use an IKEA wire curtain rod system to display the art. So easy!
5. Use ledges or floating wall shelves for a kids art display area. It’s easy to change out the artwork that is displayed and you can simply prop up painted canvases, framed art pieces, and 3-dimensional art, layering and moving them around as much as you like without putting any extra unsightly holes in the walls.
6. Give your fridge art display a makeover with DIY magnetic picture frames
7. Have Simply Create Kids turn your favorite kids art pieces into a poster.
8. Use pants hangers to display kids artwork. Let the kids decorate and personalize them first.
9. Create a photo book of your kids art alongside pics of the artist.
10. Use the ArtKive app to photograph your children’s artwork from your smartphone and tag it with names, dates, and descriptions. You can even have them print a book of selected artworks with practically just the push of a button! Sounds like the busy mom’s solution to that book we all intend to create but don’t get around to doing.
11. Group clipboards together as an art display area on the wall.
12. Make some DiY frame wallpaper where you want your children’s art display, and let your kids draw, paint, and collage their art directly onto the wallpaper.
13. Paint fun and colorful frames directly on the wall as Christie from Childhood 101 did.
14. Or use removable wall decals if you want something less permanent.
15. Have a kids art-only display area OR mix their art in with the other artwork you have hanging around the house.
16. Use a Lil DaVinci frame to combine a professional-looking frame with easy storage for up to 50 additional pieces of your children’s artwork. The front flips open to make changing out the displayed artwork easy.
17. Or, how about a digital frame with a changing display of your children’s artworks? I wouldn’t have thought of this one myself, but a reader says she does and loves it.
18. Transfer your child’s artwork to canvas.
19. Do you belong to a kids play group, children’s art group, or preschool? Consider having an art show at a local coffeeshop, bakery, or ice cream shop for a period. When you approach the owner/manager with your idea, make sure to mention that you can have a low-key reception for the young artists and their families (lots of people buying their muffins or ice cream cones) and that the kids and their families will likely continue to visit throughout the month to see their art on display and share it with their friends and neighbors.
20. Turn a chalkboard wall into a kids art gallery.
21. Or, do as the folks at The Artful Kids blog did next and create a space-saving vertical display with hanging wires.
Which idea is your favorite?