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Children like to make things, and I like to keep them and turn them into art which I can hang around the house. To that end, I keep the plastic packaging from other items I buy and use them for projects such as this.
I can find a picture or art project my children did long ago and do this. It is a darling way to preserve a memory. This is a picture I helped my little neighbor and friend make, and when she comes over I am going to give it to her. I always make sure and put the date on the back, to help them remember how old they were when they drew the picture. These should last a long time.
To make this ornament you will need:
Now that you have your supplies together, you are ready to craft.
Find a piece of plastic which was saved from other items you have bought and trim it to size. The size should be the same as the picture or you can cut one or the other to size.
Place the plastic over the artwork and duct tape around the edge to make a frame by using strips of duct tape. Cover the back completely with tape, so no paper is showing. It will make the ornament more sturdy. It is a good idea to glue the frame part of the duct tape down for better adherence to the piece of plastic.
When you have finished taping the back of the ornament, write the date on the back. I just put the year. It is fun to know when this was made, if you don't know the date, just put a message, such as, created with love by yourself and the child's name, and the present year.
Punch a hole at the top of the ornament. Tie a piece of yarn or ribbon through the hole to use as a hanger. Hang in a prominent place so everyone can see your ornament.
Total Time: 20 minutes
Yield: 1 art picture ornament
Source: I just love to save art and hang it around the house.
Before the invention of home scanners, it was tape or magnets on the fridge. Now, we can scan our children's art work. At that point, you can do one of many things, but I will just list two of my fav's here:
Upload the artwork you love to share to a digital frame. It can run in a loop and show the future Van Goghs and O'Keefes' work.
Once you scan the work, keep it in a folder in your documents. When you want to display them, right click on each shots and hit "copy". Open up a word doc, right click on the open page and hit "paste". Your artwork will no doubt be really big. Don't worry, we are going to fix that.
On the photo image, right click and hit "format picture". Once that opens, the second tab is the "size" so click on that. You can adjust the size of the photos in this area. I simply highlight the size it is, and enter the size you want. Say, it's 5.75 inches, then you simply highlight that and enter "2.5" (don't put the " symbol, it's already in inches). Hit enter and the photo will be smaller.
You will find your curser is right next to the photo after you hit enter. This means that your next photo will be right up against the first one. If you prefer a space or two, simply hit the space bar, and the next photo can be after the gap. Play around with the sizes till you find one that works for you. Don't worry if you don't get it right the first time. Your original artwork is still in your documents.
Once the sheet with the "mini art" is ready, simply print. You can then display multiple art work on one page. This not only saves you space, but is a cool way to slip the art work into a protective sheet and hang up with magnets.
Source: Been doing craft shots and scenery this way for a while. I have even perfected a way to make the shots the same size as baseball cards, so the sheets work perfectly.
By Sandi from Salem, OR
Children always bring home so much beautiful art work that sometime it is hard to find ways to display it. I put it on top of my kitchen table and cover it with a clear tablecloth. This way you can see it and it is protected. You can also make placemats, frame it, give it to relatives, or even put it on the refrigerator. If your child is past the artwork stage, you can also do this with any special school work.
With a 2 year old son who is a prolific "colorer" and a fridge that is non-magnetic stainless, I had a dilemma on how to display my little artist's work.
Children's stained glass plastic crafts look good when hung on lamps. I need to adjust the string on these crafts, but they have given new life to an old, old lamp we have in the dining room. I like how they shine!
So after all these years of crafting and with my kids grown, I finally came up with an idea I could have used all along: my craft line. I asked my handy husband to attach a thin wire over my breakfast bar in the kitchen so I could allow my paper mache ornaments to dry.
Organize your child's art pictures by rotating them on a cable line screwed in to the wall, 1 cable per child. This can be 2 ft long up to 10 foot long. Add metal or plastic clips to the cable. Hang the artwork along the cable line, newest on the left moving to the right.
An arty, fun and thrifty way to display your child's drawings, which they can contribute to themselves!