One of the sweetest things about being a parent is seeing your child be filled with joy about things they create. And let's face it, they can create a lot of art projects between home, school, daycare, and other activities. While this is great, it can lead to the problem of parents not quite knowing what to do with all of those finger paintings, popsicle stick figures, and paper plate rainbows.
Sure, you can tack it up on the refrigerator, but there's only so much space. Plus, this can get a bit messy and cluttered fairly quickly. So what's a parent to do? Get creative yourself!
We've found a few fun and ingenious ways to display your child's art around the house without it becoming too much to handle!
10 Turn It Into Placemats For The Dinner Table
Perhaps one of our favorite and a more ingenious way of incorporating your child's artwork into your home is to turn it into a placemat! This can be done in a couple simple ways, such as investing in a laminator machine (this can be found on Amazon, of course!) or using self-adhesive contact paper.
Either way, this is a fast and easy project to not only prolong the life of your kid's artwork, but also to enjoy it at every meal! One of the great things about this display is the fact you can make as many placemats as you want, store them in a drawer for future use, and won't clutter your walls. It's a great solution for parents and children alike!
9 Make It Into A Book
Much like turning your child's artwork into placemats, creating a book allows you to both display their art and keep your home clutter free. Of course, not all of their works of art can go into a book, but paintings, drawings, and other paper-based items can be glued onto the blank pages of a book. This creates a whole new art piece you can proudly display on your living room table for guests to flip through. Just imagine how delighted your little ones will be seeing their art turned into this creative exhibition!
8 Use It As Home Decor
Perhaps one of the more creative ways to show off your kid's art is to actually use it to decorate your home. Sure, not all works of art will double as decor, but it's fun to upcycle those pieces that do.
Rainbows, flower pots, stained glass, and ornaments are not only fun projects for your kids, but also make fun decoration items to put on a colorful display in your home.
7 Hang It On Curtain Rods
This effortless method of showcasing creative work is trendy and straightforward. It provides your child with a space of their own to display their master pieces without having them take over the house. Using a few curtain rods also provides ample room for your kid to make their projects visible to everyone, while also allowing them to switch out artwork easily.
6 Display It On Bookshelves
Just as you would display books, you can show off your child's art as well! This is a great option for parents of kids who like to make things other than paintings (which can be displayed in many ways) as shelves allow you to place creative projects on them that you can't otherwise hang.
Projects made with clay or popsicle sticks will make fun additions to any bookshelf as they brighten up the room and your day!
5 Tattoo It
Okay, so this option may not be for everyone, but it's so creative and fun! Of course, you will want to be selective with which art piece you decide to have permanently inked on your body! However, it's a sweet gesture to create a lasting memory of one of your child's best works of art. When your child outgrows finger painting and using smelly markers, you will forever have a small piece of your own art to remember their more innocent days!
4 Bring In Nature
Talk about a natural way to showcase your kid's art! This fun method of displaying art is popular in preschools, but can easily be used in your home.
Simply find a branch, or cut one from your tree, and use string to dress it up. From there, dangle works of art from the branch using colorful ribbon or twine. Not only does this create a fun place for your child to present their projects, but also adds a touch of whimsy to any room!
3 Put It In A Pocket
Another simple and inexpensive idea is using burlap to create little "pockets" for your child to show off their latest and greatest creations. This idea allows your child to have control of what's displayed, but gives you control of how much art is actually taking over your house. Sure, some parents may go all out when showcasing their kid's paintings, but others may find it overwhelming their walls, refrigerator, and tables. This DIY project keeps it all tidy while still giving your kid a creative outlet.
2 Use An Art Display Box
This simple, yet creative way to display works of art comes from using Ikea products. Yup, it's really that simple! A display box allows your child to pick their favorite masterpiece of the moment and put it on prominent display.
Not only is this method of putting your child's art on display cheap and easy, but it also keeps it all in one place! It's basically a win-win situation for you and your kids!
1 Frame It
One of the oldest tricks in the art books is to simply frame your child's projects! This keeps it clean, organized, and easy to look at as it also makes your child feel proud of their work. You can pick colorful frames, or go with a sleeker look that matches your interior decorations to keep things a bit more seamless.