When your child starts kindergarten, you accumulate a lot of papers, and you simply must keep everything, so let’s talk about how to display children’s art.
I’m officially a kindergarten mom. I can’t talk about it very long because my eyes start to get blurry. Henry is totally loving it, by the way. And I’m the stereotype of a first-time kindergarten mom who is barely keeping it together going into week three.
With kindergarten comes lots of paper. No joke. My kid is coming home with a folder full of goodies every single day.
And I basically want to frame and display everything I see. How can I possibly choose between so much perfection? He is practically a prodigy genius child and I really should hold onto everything for his future official biography.
So, I realized that we needed more spots to display all the great art and worksheets and photos that are filling up folders and making me cry happy tears because he’s just growing up so stinkin’ fast. (HE WAS JUST BORN, FOR GOODNESS SAKES.)
While there are tons of awesome ideas for artwork displays on the Interwebs, I started with this super simple display in the mudroom. This won’t display tons of items at once, but I think it’s a clean and simple way to display artwork and photos without overtaking the house. It also means we’ve been changing it out a lot – which is just plain fun.
HOW TO DISPLAY CHILDREN’S ART
And it’s the first thing we see when we come home, so that’s a bonus.
This was actually a $0 project – because I had all the supplies on hand.
The sign was actually a purchased sign that I never loved. I painted over the main sign with white paint and re-stained the frame darker.
(If you don’t have a sign already, grab one in the unfinished wood section of the craft store – or make your own with scrap boards.)
Then, I hot glued on these copper clips that I bought last fall in the Dollar Spot at Target. They look great and hold a lot.
I just popped a few things into the clips for examples, but I’ve also taken to displaying the school lunch menu here for a last-minute check every day. And we’ve been swapping out the top art with Henry’s favorite piece every few days. We are rather proud of his hard work already.
I’m thinking I’m going to need some more spots for kids’ art, but I love that this feels at home in the existing space. It’s pretty in its own right. (And it will be great for seasonal decorating.)
Also? Did you spot those sunflowers? Those are our first crop of sunflowers from the garden. They are so cheerful.
How do you display your kids’ art?
And, unrelated: Will time please stop moving so fast?
MORE FUN WITH KIDS!
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