As a parent of 4 children, I have a lot of creative art projects coming through the door at any given time. Since my children are at different ages, the type of artistic creations that I see on the kitchen counter has always been varied. Regardless, from their first doodle to the latest self-portrait I’ve saved everything.
A few beloved pieces have found their way into frames around the house. However, the majority now reside in a Tupperware system I devised to keep it all organized. In my storage closet I have 4 big bins. Every 6 months I gather all of the artwork that has accumulated in my home and lovingly store it away for their adulthood. What I love about the bins is that I can save even the smallest pieces of art. It is my archive for all projects great and small.
As I was gathering the latest stack last week, it occurred to me that some of the art around my house has not been updated for a while. Six months is just the blink of an eye to me, but to my children it’s a lifetime! In that time they’ve already created dozens more fantastic works of art. So I began to think… if I could find an easy way to switch out their artwork, I would be able to display their latest projects all the time. This week I’d like to share some fun ideas to make a rotating art gallery for your own family.
I like this concept from Frills, Fluffs and Trucks as a hanging system for your children’s artwork. Grab a curtain rod and use the rings to hang their art. Clever idea!
I love this seagrass wallpaper from Elle Decor as a wainscot around a room. It’s forgiving, so you can pushpin and nail to your heart’s content and never have to worry about marking up the wall. Kids can add and subtract from this wall collage as they please, to maintain and update the room.
Back of the Door
Allowing my children to define their own space is important around our house. I have to let go of the idea that everything is clean and perfect in my kids’ rooms, and allow for their creativity to flourish in their own personal space. The back of a bedroom door is a perfect place to create a collage of art, stickers and posters.
Maps and Wallpaper Backdrops
Using large maps or other unique wallpaper as a backdrop is an imaginative foundation for your children’s art. The base stays nice, and the maps or wallpaper will cover up any holes in the wall.
I’d love to use one of these wallpapers from Osborne and Little, the black background comes with a white or pastel rainbow type.
On a string or wire is another unique place for a gallery. Find clothespins and paint them in fun colors. String the wire above your kitchen sink or over your bed, and let the rotating art gallery begin. Check out this room from Susanna Salk’s book, Room for Children.
In my home I have a room that is dedicated to arts and crafts. If you can find a space, the eclectic sampling of art lends the room an inspiring atmosphere. However, sometimes a room requires a more organized and sophisticated assembly. Treating your child’s illustration like it’s a genuine Picasso is an innovative way to integrate their art with it’s more expensive counterparts. Result: everyone is in good company! Here are more examples from Susanna Salk.
I can only say from my own experience that as the artwork comes home, celebrate it, display it, and love it. As they get older, the steady stream of little doodles and other class projects starts to dwindle, and the gallery becomes filled with pictures of the latest pop artists or photos of friends. Enjoy their little scribbles and have fun creating your family’s own personal art gallery.
Will you use any of these ideas in your home? How do you currently showcase your children’s artwork?