Running out of Room on Your Fridge?
Who remembers their child’s first piece of artwork? Is it framed for all to see in your home?
Or filed away somewhere, never to be seen again? Children create countless pieces of artwork, both at home and at school, that could fill entire art galleries and then some.
While it’s sometimes hard to pick and choose between what to keep and what to trash, your baby created it after all — maybe it’s time you got a little creative with how you save that stack of artwork from the past school year.
Rotate Them out on an Art Wall
Every home should have an art wall; a place to display the pieces you and your child are most proud of. While this will mainly work for flat works on paper, you can also use shadow boxes to display mini sculptures and more uniquely shaped pieces.
Since children create so much art, even on a daily basis, rotate the pieces out every school year and replace with a fresh set of drawings and paintings. Your child will start to develop a discerning eye for aesthetics and feel proud of his or her accomplishments in the process.
Photo Credit: Keepy
Create a Digital Scrapbook
Since you use your phone for everything else already, why not utilize it for preserving your child’s artwork too? Multiple apps exist solely for preserving kids’ artwork and reducing the clutter that comes from wanting to save every piece.
Keepy is one of the more popular apps, which is available on both iPhone and Android phones, in addition to Kindle. It serves as a digital scrapbook for art and photos that you can then personalize further with voiceover narration from you and your child.
Family members can view everything you store and even leave comments within the app.
Turn Them into Placemats
One way to keep more of your child’s art around, and make it functional, is to turn their work into placemats. This will mainly work for smaller sized pieces on paper, around 8.5” x 11” or 10” x 13,” but those sizes are pretty common, especially if your child often draws on a sketch pad or construction paper.
Just take the piece to your local office copy store and get it laminated.
Voila! A functional piece of art that your child and you can enjoy for many years to come without the fear of its destruction.