Kid Tested

How to Display Kid Art

April 14, 2014

Back in September my son brought home a back-to-school supply list that stated the following:

– large backpack (we do BIG art)

Yes. Yes they do. Big art indeed. Heartwarmingly big. But where to put all of this big art? Tired of taping things to walls and windows (or sneaking in the trash), I needed to come up with an alternative.

Here is what I came up…

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How to Display Kid Art in 4 Easy Steps:

1. Go to Jo-Ann Fabrics and buy these open barn wood frames in various sizes. Or order similar ones here:
5×7 Natural Barnwood Open Frame
11×17 Natural Barnwood Open Frame
8×10 Natural Barnwood Open Frame
11×14 Natural Barnwood Open Frame

2. Paint Clothes Pins and hot glue to top of frames.

3. Hang on wall (mix and match with other fun things like mirrors and or letters <—- these are sort of amazing)

4. Clip up kid masterpieces and enjoy!

How to display kid art

It really is as simple as that!

how to display kid art

I added this circular cutting board mirror that I found on clearance at West Elm to break up all the hard edges and these door knobs from Anthropologie to add some fun splashes of color.

How to display kid art

Then when even more BIG artwork comes home, Artkive the old (an app that stores pictures of kid art and can later be printed into a book) and store it where you wish….whether it be in the trash can (bad moms) or scrapbooks (good moms)…. Confession: I am the bad mom version…..and then replace the frames with the new art! I must admit, the Artkive app makes me feel a little less guilty. If you don’t have this app and you have kid-artwork-throwing-away-anxiety then you might want to download this too.

So tell me, how do you display kid art?

  • Katie
    April 14, 2014 at 9:03 pm

    Love your art work display!! You have very talented boys! I need to download that app, sooo many masterpieces to keep up with 😉

  • Erin Kienzle
    April 15, 2014 at 7:53 am

    Love your displays! Do you find Artkive easy to use? Or would it be better just to take pictures of the artwork and make a book in Shutterfly or something similar?

  • Life with Kaishon
    April 15, 2014 at 7:53 am

    I love kid art work! I think the very best of Moms proudly display it. Love your creative ideas for sharing it! : )

  • Stephanie
    April 15, 2014 at 8:04 am

    What a fabulous idea! Our kitchen refrigerator is getting a bit cramped for all the fun projects the kids have brought one from school. I need to do this so we can showcase our big art! Thanks for the idea.

  • Noelle (@singerinkitchen)
    April 15, 2014 at 8:26 am

    This is s great idea! At that moment i just scotch tape monthly crafts in the kitchen. Need somethin like this!

  • kim @ DESIGN + LIFE + KIDS
    April 15, 2014 at 8:44 am

    I love my kid’s art too… but man do they come home with a lot! Super cute idea!

  • Brandi
    April 15, 2014 at 8:46 am

    Love the Artkive app suggestion! Thanks! I just take photos of the artwork before filing it away. However, we frame some of their favorite pieces in dollar store frames and hang them around the house – instant wall art! =)

  • Jessica @EatSleepBe
    April 15, 2014 at 8:51 am

    What a terrific idea for displaying the artwork! I’m ashamed to show how I had done it when my kids were young.

  • Reesa Lewandowski
    April 15, 2014 at 8:54 am

    What a fun way to display their art! Kids just love it when you put it up for all to see!

  • Carrie
    April 15, 2014 at 11:04 am

    I love how flexible the arrangement is, nice job!

  • Gina B
    April 15, 2014 at 5:34 pm

    Oh man, I totally need this post! Never know what to do with all their stuff, but this is very creative.

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