There are few artists more prolific than an elementary school kid. Honestly, any professional painter or sculptor might only dream of creating as much work as your little one. While their creative process is a beautiful and positive thing to encourage, you may be wondering what to do with all of your child’s artwork when your kitchen table becomes a sea of papier-mâché and glued-on vines.
“When kids do art, they appreciate it,” said Julie Lawes, co-founder and head of schools at Crescent City Schools in New Orleans, Louisiana, and parenting content creator at The Bossy House. “But they generate so much of it that you need a way to store or display it—even just for a little while—so that it gets the respect it deserves, but you also have a way to manage it.”
As a former school principal and parent, Luz knows firsthand how much art kids bring home. And while she’s about celebrating accomplishments and encouraging your little one to express themselves through art (or any kind of project), she’s also realistic about how their masterpieces fit into your lifestyle: “[It’s about] Incorporate art into your home in an attractive way.”
To help you manage the vast inventory of masterpieces your little one brings home, Lause and other parents and caregivers shared tips for storing, displaying, and generally managing all of your child’s artwork.
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Hang the clipboard on the wall
Set up a storage cycle
Embrace the open front bezel
Make a gallery wall with cheap frames
Display objects with magnets
HuffPost Facebook follower Deanna Perry uses a sort of show-then-shop cycle, saying her metal back door is designed for the perfect instant display space thanks to magnets. If you don’t have a magnetic door (or if your fridge is full), consider using magnetic paint to turn any wall in your house or apartment into a magnetic surface that can easily display pieces straight from your child’s bookbag.
Keep an accordion folder in the basement
After displaying the artwork on the magnetic wall, Berry says she takes a picture of each piece, but marks dates and stores her favorites and organizes them into separate accordion folders for each child. They each have a folder containing school photos, artwork, and school work for each school year.
Install directly on the wall without damage
Enlarge the playing area
Sarah Bondioli, supervising copy editor at HuffPost, said her family uses removable mounting boxes to quickly and inexpensively display huge amounts of their children’s art in play areas without the need for frames. Kids can see their own work, and they can view something right away without worrying about pinning.
Submit your favorite pieces to Artkive
Get a bulletin board for your home that can grow with your child