Once the girls started going to preschool, I started accumulating so much artwork. The packrat in me doesn’t have it in me to toss these gems, so I’ve been thinking and thinking about what I wanted to do with all the art. Mostly they just collect in paper grocery sacks (divided by each girl at least), but I finally took some time to implement the first of two ways I’ll tackle toddler/kiddo art projects.
After I finished my big craft room reorganization, I sought ideas for what to do with the blank wall above my cutting table and sewing machine. Someone suggested hanging some artwork from the girls. Great idea!! I went to Hobby Lobby and picked up some frames (when they were on sale, of course)…and then let them sit on the floor of the craft room for longer than I’ll admit. Nothing like blog fodder to get a project finally finished!!
Last Friday I finally sat down with the bags of artwork and pulled out a few of my favorite pieces. I had six frames, so I made three frames for each girl. The bigger frames are 11×14 and the smaller are 8×10. In some cases this allowed me to add more than one piece of art to each frame.
I love the end result and certainly have enough artwork that I can either rotate pieces or eventually add more frames to the wall. I also have a hanging wire from IKEA that I’d like to hang that I can clip art onto–though I’m not sure if I’ll hang that below this artwork or on another wall.
Above I mentioned two ways of tackling kiddo artwork–for the second I bought a 12×12 scrapbook to store my favorite artwork pieces. I haven’t started putting these together yet, but I plan to have one scrapbook for each child. I’ve also heard of people taking pictures of artwork and then making a photo album of art. I like this idea, but I also love being able to see the actual texture of the pieces. I’ve also used a few pieces in Project Life (when I was still keeping up with that).
Framing kiddo artwork is definitely a nice way to display children’s artwork and it lets go of some of the guilt of just tossing it. Ha!
How do you organize/display/treat toddler artwork? Or if you don’t have a toddler in your life, have you seen any great ideas you’d like to share?
Inspiration on Monday
Welcome to the Second August edition of Inspiration on Monday! Inspiration on Monday is a forum to share things that we’ve created and things that we are doing to help inspire others. Posts about projects in progress, finished projects, tutorials, and how-tos are all welcome. Feel free to share recipes, crafts, lifestyle, organizing, and DIY tips, and any other idea that can spark inspiration.
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The next Inspiration on Monday will be September 7th. What inspiration has struck you lately?