Five Ways to Display Your Child’s Art

Rose all dressed up like a princess, coloring. 

If you have an aspiring artist on your hands, figuring out what to do with all the art is a challenge. Rose spends hours on a daily basis coloring, writing “notes”, painting or “scrapbooking.”

I want to encourage creativity, without completely burying our home in pictures. These are a five ways I display her art while keeping the mess under control. (I would love to hear your ideas!)

Five Ways to Display Your Child’s Art

1. Send pictures

Slip a picture into thank you notes, letter to family or just bringing a picture to her friends. My husband’s wall at work is decorated with some of her finest.

2. Display the newest masterpieces in a “place of honor”

The honor of hanging on the fridge is usually reserved for the latest masterpieces. Once a new drawing needs the spot of honor, the old ones gets put into an art folder…

3. Turn a three-ring binder into an art folder

Rose loves putting her finished pictures into the folder and pulling it out to show grandparents… or anyone who is willing to look!

4. Decorate a portion of their bedroom with artwork.

Rose is allowed to hang a few pictures above her bed. I am a minimalist, but (like Crystal mentioned in her post about shoes) I don’t want to force her into my mold. Once the art area is filled, older pieces go (you guessed it!) into the art folder.

5. Scan the best art into the computer to save forever

Use the artwork for illustrations or add them a photo book.  (For a fun grandparent gift, keep a running log of cute sayings, then make a photo book with pictures and artwork interlaced with sayings. — Thanks Crystal for the idea!)

Throw it away

So, this isn’t a way to publish the art. Much as I love Roses’ artwork and the effort she puts into each piece, not every single creation needs to be kept forever. Once her art folder is jam packed, she goes through and weeds out any artwork that isn’t her favorite to make room for more. I always want to encourage her, but also want her to learn that it’s okay to keep working and only keep the very best.

Displaying your child’s art, without burying your home

If you’ve got a prolific little artist (or two or four!), encouraging creativity without filling every spare inch in pictures can be a challenge. Scan and display the best, send pictures to grandparents, creative an art binder, but don’t be afraid to encourage your child to weed through old artwork and only keep the best.

What are your favorite ways to display your child’s art? (And do you ever toss a piece of art?)

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  1. says

    Those are some fun ways. Now just get her to tell you a story that goes along with some of her pictures and turn them into a “story book.” 🙂
    If you are having trouble with pictures on her wall, get a cheap “bulletin board” the size that you can handle for the space you have. Then tell Rose that any pictures she can fit on that board she can put up. When it is full she’ll have to decide what can stay up and what must come down. It also gives her practice in limiting herself to a certain area. I’m speaking from experience. Only it wasn’t my artwork, it was pictures I cut out of anything that I wanted to save. 🙂

    • anna says

      Love the storybook idea! I’ve contemplated getting a bulletin board, but don’t really want to add more holes to the wall since we’re going to be moving soon… and she’s getting better about her “wall art” 🙂

  2. says

    It is so hard to throw your childs art away! I saved almost every craft my six year old daughter did growing up. I have had to go through them because I was running out of room in the area where I store them. I now carefully select special papers that her and my son do and only keep those.
    Thanks for the other ideas, though! I have never though of scanning artwork into the computer!

    • anna says

      I know! Each piece of artwork has so much time and thought poured into it, it makes it really hard to get rid of anything. Her “art book” is getting very full so now before we add more drawings she has to pick a few of the older ones that weren’t as well done and get rid of them. It’s hard, but she’s weeded out half-colored or hastily done pictures and the “true masterpieces” are left. 🙂

  3. says

    What a lovely site you have! I have enjoyed purusing a few of your articles. Having had a half of my children grow beyond art projects, I realize how short these years of prolific drawings, paintings and glueings are! Great ideas.

  4. says

    What great ideas! I love the scan it in one especially. We do a family book each year through shutterfly or snapfish or something and that would be perfect. Thank you.

    • anna says

      Thanks so much for stopping by. 🙂 I love the idea of a family “Year Book”! I used to scrapbook but with three kiddos it’s just way too much mess!

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