Here's what to do with all those kids' artworks that are milling about your study.
When your child brings home their very first artwork, it's the most beautiful thing you've ever seen. It gets prime position on the fridge, and is dated, stamped and lamented. But fast-forward a few years and you've likely got hundreds of drawings and paintings cluttering up the study drawer. What do you do with them all? Here are some fun tips on how to preserve and display your kids' artwork.
Make their own wall collage
Who says kids' paintings aren't worth framing and hanging up? Kids rooms can be brightened up if you frame their artwork, in every size and shape, and create a collage on their wall. Matching frames look the best! Even better; you can scan in their drawings and print a few really big on canvas
– for a dramatic look. A great way to celebrate their creativity!
Make a set of placemats
You don't have to keep every piece of paper if you don't want to. You can also choose to scan your kids' drawings and print them on home-ware items. We love the idea of making a set of placemats
, covered in your child's artwork. Far more interesting than another beige set from a home store.
Once you've scanned the images, you can print them on large format posters
. These look great in playrooms – and make for fun gifts for their friends. Plus, they are easy to transport because they roll up and won't get damaged.
Make a kids' art book
Spend a day taking photos of all the artworks, and then arrange the photos by date, colour or theme. Use these pictures to create a photobook
of your kids' art. This can be kept forever – and passed down to their children one day.
Turn them into baubles
Take a few photos of the artwork and then turn the photos into baubles
These make for great gifts for the family, and mean you can spend each year remembering the drawings you loved the most.
Make a giant, arty pin-board
Hang up a large pin-board in your home, and dedicate time to pinning up each and every picture
, along with some mementos, receipts, tickets stubs and photos
. It will eventually become a wonderful – but contained – artwork of its own, and a great way to remember the good times.
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