Kids’ art creates an organizing and home design challenge. The sheer volume of it from the time your child is old enough to fingerpaint through elementary school and sometimes beyond requires an organizing plan. Otherwise, you have artwork piled up or stored in various bins, your walls and your refrigerator are plastered with pictures, paintings, collages, and coloring pages, or you have a kid with very hurt feelings because their precious creations are in the recycling bin not long after they’re created.
What’s your first step?
To honor your child’s creativity and create a space within your home for their work, set up a space where you can display and switch out artwork easily. Think of this as a transition gallery housing your child’s latest show.
Create a Transition Gallery
What is a transition gallery? Think of it as a temporary art exhibit in your home. You pick the place where it will be displayed and switch out the art to create different shows so the art transitions in and out.
1. Create an Art Line
Hang art instead of clothes using twine, yarn, or ribbon held to the wall with thumbtacks or nails. Hang up kids’ artwork using clothespins (or binder clips). You can choose whether you’ll hang the string where kids can switch out the work themselves or higher up so that you can switch it (preferably with their input). Besides being inexpensive, this method allows you to hang work of all sizes and choose the length of your artline so you can display as much art as you want to make room for.
2. Hang Kids’ Art on Curtain Wire or Rods
Maybe you like the string and clothespins idea but you’re going for a look that’s a little more formal. Use cafe curtain rods with curtain rings or IKEA curtain wire. This will keep the entire house from having art, will really honor what is up at that time, and will teach the kids about transitioning things out when they no longer need them.
3. Create an Art Wall
Pick one wall on which to display work. The advantage is you’ve got a lot of room to display work. The disadvantage is that kids don’t have much incentive to be discerning about what’s displayed there since they have so much space. You’ll need to create a rotation system here so that you don’t end up with a full wall of work that hasn’t been switched out in a long time.
4. (Temporarily) Frame Kids’ Art
Put frames on the wall and hang artwork in them with tape or binder clips so they’re easy to switch out when new work comes in. The advantage of this is that the work feels super special because it’s “framed.” The limitation is the frame size so getting frames of different sizes or styles and painting them all the same color for uniformity will give you more flexibility.
5. Use Picture Ledges
Make switching out frames easy with picture ledges.
More More More: There are so many more options for easy ways to display your child’s art work. Find them on my Displaying Kids’ Art board on Pinterest.
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