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DIY Easy Kid Art Displays & Tips

How do you display children’s artwork?

Is your house overflowing with art projects from kids? I know you want to be able to preserve artworks, but sometimes it can just be too much! Here are 4 DIY kid art displays for your favorite artworks made by your children, as well as a few pointers of how to deal with everything that comes home!

Since having my own children, I have had to become very creative and selective about adding their toddler artworks without taking over our home!

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Easy Kid Art Displays

How to display unframed artworks?

Our absolute favorite way to display artworks that are unframed is by using clothespins. We love our simple pallet wood boards that are perfect for rotating artworks, projects, and important pictures. We add these boards next to our fridge.

DIY Kid Art Display #1: DIY Pallet Wall Hanging with Clothespins

Stained Pallet Wood with Clothespins and wire for display

My husband and I created these DIY wall hangings for a simple, easy & DIY way to display important papers and art projects. Personally, I do not like my refrigerator covered in clutter, so this seemed to be the perfect thing to place on a wall near our fridge.  

Creating a DIY Pallet Art Display

To create this pallet art display, my husband broke down a pallet, stained one piece of the pallet wood and we add a wire to the wood. Next, we added clothes pins (fun clothes pins) and anchored it to the wall. 

I also have thought about painting a fabulous accent wall, like we have done in a bathroom & nursery makeover, behind these pallet hanging displays to really showcase the area. This pallet art display is an EASY and INEXPENSIVE way to display the art projects our kids make! 

We love this stain color we used on the boards so much. See how we made added entryway hooks with the same rustic feel.

Stained wood, clothespins and wire displaying art projects made by kids

Easy Kid Art Display #2: Create an Art Gallery Wall

I have children under 4 years old. And while they can be creative and I love what they make, not everything is worthy of hanging on our walls! However, I do find that take parts of their paintings and framing with mat can add a contemporary piece to any space. People won’t believe that your 2-year-old painted it!

Art Gallery Wall with black frames and white matted artworks

In this picture of my art gallery wall, I used this inexpensive frame that came with a pre-cut mat to easily create this DIY art gallery display. You may even want to add gallery wrapped canvases to your wall. Here is an awesome melted crayon project that your kids could create to add to your gallery wall.

Toddler art projects you will want to display

If you are looking for an easy art project that can be framed, be sure to check out this Easy Watercolor Art Project Kids will LOVE!

Or you may be looking for other amazing art projects to do with kids. You have to check out the fabulous Cassie Stephens. Here projects are super fun!

How to display small artworks?

The joy of small artworks is that you have a lot of options on where to display them. Do you want them to be in a frame on a table or on a corkboard wall? Adding a simple mat and frame is our favorite way to display small artworks.

Small abstract watercolor painting made by toddler in black frame with white mat for a DIY easy artwork display

Kid Art Display #3: Mat and Frame Artwork in Small, Inexpensive Frames

I have several small kid art pieces in simple and inexpensive frames around my home office and art studio. I absolutely LOVE the simple reminders of my children.

Again, I may only use part of their creative process art projects to create amazing abstract art. You won’t believe what a simple frame and mat can do to showcase work.

I even like to look for cheap frames at garage sales or thrift stores and use my homemade chalk recipe to create unique frames with a pop of color to frame the artworks and family photos around the house! 

Easy Art Display #4: Use Cork Board and Push Pins

This is the classic way art teachers easily display a lot of art projects! You can cover an inexpensive corkboard with fabric remnants, use colorful push pins or keep it clean and simple.

You can even paint corkboard with black latex paint and add frames out of painted crown molding. Instead of having to miter the frames, you could decorate square ends to go into the corner pieces.

Looking for more DIY Art Displays? Read: 13 Creative Ways to Display Artworks In Your Home

Art Displays you can Purchase

I know sometimes a DIY project sounds like a great idea, but you just want to purchase something that will work and be done with it. I am the first to know that DIY projects still cost money and take time.

So here is a list of a few art displays I considered buying.

Pottery Barn Kids Magnetic Art Gallery Display

Crate and Kids White Art Rail

Look What I Made Rustic Sign (This is very similar to our DIY pallet display)

Simple with no writing Art Display from Etsy (again similar to ours, but with clips)

Tips for Organizing Children Art and Craft Projects

Once you have started to create DIY easy artwork displays, you still will have way too many art projects floating around. Here are some tips to help deal with all the amazing creations that come home!

Easy Pallet Wood Project Art Display

Rotate Kid Art Projects that are on display

I know this may be sacrilegious for me to say, but it is okay to get rid of some of the projects. Personally, I like to rotate the art projects that come home in one of the art project displays mentioned above. I then keep my favorites and get rid of the rest.

I found this amazing product that not only acts as a frame to display your child’s artwork, but also will help store the artwork. These would even make the perfect gift for the grandparents that have everything!

Create a memory box for favorite art projects and kid’s work

I recently just started a DIY memory box for my son. However, I am going to try to be very selective about what I add to this box. Mine is a simple bin where I just put projects in there. Ask your child what pieces they want to add or what their favorite is. Doing this is a great way to learn about your child and what they were thinking when creating a piece of art. Even the littlest artists are engaging several thought processes when making artworks!

Tip: Write the age and when the child created the work so that you can always remember when things were created!

Take digital images of artworks created by children

If you love something, but don’t have a place for it after a while, take a picture of it. Later you could even make a photo book of the images from that year or their preschool years, etc. I like to make photo books of my children from that year and adding some pictures of things they created truly makes it special!

I particularly like this layout of this photobook. And they always seem to have sales. And who doesn’t love to save money while cherishing memories?

They normally have a pop-up for first-time users to save a certain percentage off when you sign up for their email! So you could end up making a high-quality book on SALE!

Throw Out the Clutter…CAREFULLY

After you have decided on your favorites, saved or taken pictures, it is OKAY to throw it out. Use the catch phrase of the Spring: “Does it spark joy?” Check out Marie Kondo’s book if that statement is intriguing.  

However, try not to do it in front of your child or don’t let them see it in the trash. How would you feel if someone always threw something away that you worked very hard on?

Artworks, Memories and Kid Art Displays, OH MY

What is your favorite way to easily display artworks and keep everything organized? Do you have a preferred way to cherish the memories and ideas of your little ones?

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I hope you gained some inspiration to get organized with these easy artwork display ideas.

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Nicole

Wednesday 21st of August 2019

These are all great ideas! Thanks so much for sharing

Erin

Wednesday 21st of August 2019

Thanks, Nicole. I am glad you like our DIY art display ideas!

Jenn Summers

Wednesday 7th of August 2019

Great ideas! I need to do a clothespin one! The girls are always creating something new, thank you for the great ideas!

Erin

Thursday 8th of August 2019

Hi, Jenn. The clothespins really make it easy to change out the artwork!

Cynthia Cano

Wednesday 26th of June 2019

Love these ideas. I usually just put the in the fridge and my husband has been wanting to put them up on the walls. Thanks for sharing.

Erin

Wednesday 26th of June 2019

Hi Cynthia. We had the same problem. Our fridge was covered with art projects! We really love how our fridge stays clean and we have a place to keep all the school projects on display. Thanks for visiting our DIY site!

Angela C.

Saturday 4th of May 2019

Great ideas and suggestions!!!

tam

Thursday 2nd of May 2019

I store alot of art of my kids creations. I love the store in an art box read and the entire blog post on how to store art work! Thanks for sharing.

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