Children often bring home artwork and craft projects from school, camps, and daycare. It can be a challenge for parents to know how to show off and store their precious creations. This is a guide about displaying children's artwork.
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.
My 3 year old takes art classes, so we have lots of art that i don't want to toss!!!
So, when writing a letter---I use the plain side as stationary, so the person recieving the letter gets a treasured art and a letter all in one!!!
Plus my boys have a cork board in their room, so we do display it on there too!!!
I saw this tip on a home show for organizing. They took an acrylic frame, put construction paper in it for a background and placed the art work of the week in the center and hung on the wall. it was too cute and what a great way to show the little ones how proud we are!
If you want to keep your kiddos artwork and it is generally 8 1/2x11" (regular paper size) you can buy one of those plastic accordian type files at Wal-Mart or sometimes the Dollar Stores for next to nothing. You can file away the artwork by month and have one file per year and just fill them up until they are full.
I also encourage friends to put the date either in the corner or on the back just to help you remember. I'm terrible at keeping up with time so I always do this when my friends' kiddos do artwork for me.
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!