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 5 DIY kid art displays for your favorite artworks made by your children, as well as a few pointers on 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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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
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 clothespins) 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.
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 a mat can add a contemporary piece to any space. People won’t believe that your 2-year-old painted it!
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.
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.
Art Display #5: DIY Shadow Boxes With Removable Top
These DIY shadow boxes not only display artwork but will help you store it as well. We love how the removable top allows us to easily change artworks.
Looking for more DIY Art Displays? Read: 18+ 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.
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!
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 the 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 catchphrase 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?