Ways to display kids’ art

By | 2017-08-17T20:57:07+00:00 January 3rd, 2017|For creators, For parents, For teachers|0 Comments

Your children are creating heaps of amazing artwork — and that’s positively wonderful! But now, how are you going to show it all in a tidy and interesting way? We’ve brought you some ideas for displaying your kids’ art.

1. Redesign your refrigerator

The most recognizable space for hanging children’s art is the trusted refrigerator door. And while hanging kid’s creations with magnets is perfectly suitable, you might want to try a creative project to showcase their work in a very cool way. Visit your local thrift store for inexpensive frames of various sizes. Go ahead and spray your frames whichever colors you choose. Grab magnetic sheets from your local home and garden store or hobby shop to adhere to the back of your frames. You can add chicken wire or corkboard to the back of some frames for extra pizzaz.

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2. Antique rustic clipboards

You can certainly used store-bought clipboards to hang your children’s art, but making your own with antiqued wood is significantly more charming. Here comes the fun part. Pick up wooden squares at a home and garden store and sand the corners down to a soft edge. Stain the wood for the pastoral look. You can even sand the stained wood to make it seem older. The final step is gluing photo clips onto your boards.

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3. Lay art out on a ledge

You can create your own gallery wall by putting up your own ledges. Ledges can run you anywhere from $10 at IKEA to $330 from Pottery Barn, depending on your budget. You can get second hand frames from your local thrift store and spray paint them the same color for a tidy look. Choose the ledge length that you need to showcase all of your kids’ paintings, sculptures and other creations.

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4. String them up

This is a simple project that will cost you next to nothing. Hammer two nails into the wall — the distance is up to your discretion. Tie twine around one nail and connect it to the other. It’s up to you how taut you want the twine to be. Use clothespins or office clips to hang your children’s art. You can switch out art pieces as they come.

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. Make it a puzzle

Displaying your kids’ art on aprons and mugs is always a great way to show them how proud you are of them. Turning the art into a puzzle is a fun, interactive way that kids can continue to participate with their art even after it’s completed.

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6. Match your frames

Here’s another simple project with great results. Take any frames you have lying around, or pick some up at your local thrift store. Remove the back and glass from the frames and spray paint them any color of your choosing. Once dry, hammer in tiny eye hooks a couple of inches from the top of the frame. Tie fishing line to one of the eye hooks and string in two clothes pins. Tie the end of the fishing line to the other eye hook so the line is taut. Once the frame is mounted, you can hang your kids’ art from the clothespins. You can find step-by-step directions here.

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7. Collage your kids’ art

The Jan Eleni Collage might be a pricey investment, but it is a personalized collage and memorabilia that you can have for a lifetime. Carefully choose which of your kids’ artwork you’d like to memorialize and Jan Eleni Interiors will create a beautiful single sheet for you to hang in your home. All of your kid’s original artwork will be returned once the print is created.

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8. Hang backless frames

A creative and easy way to show your children’s art is to take the glass and backs out of picture frames. You can get inexpensive, used frames from the thrift store. If you like, you can paint them to match the rest of your home’s decor. Mount the frames (without the backs) to the wall and showcase your kids’ work inside. You can take this project to the next level by added cork to the back of the frame. Once mounted, you can pin your kid’s artwork into these frames.

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9. Dangle them on curtain rods

An interesting and tidy way to hang your kids’ art is to use curtain rods. You can choose any type of rod you want to decorate your wall with, though it may be easier to find clips (to hang the artwork) for thinner ones. Mount the curtain rods in any space you see fit and alternate your children’s artwork just like a real gallery.

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10. Hang art with pants hangers

Hang your children’s art with pants hangers. Wooden pants hangers can help your wall gallery look professional and decorative, but you can choose an type of pants hangers you wish. Drill a nail into your wall to hang your hangers on. Around them in any way that best fits your wall, creations and taste.

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