5 Ideas for Organizing Childhood Artwork
If you’re a parent you know how precious those pieces of artwork your child created really are. The only problem is that those little masterpieces can grow and grow until you are overwhelmed with them. Check out these 5 ideas for getting those works of art organized and ready to display and keep.
Make a Collage
Buy a poster frame from a local decorating or craft store. Trim artwork and past onto the cardboard insert for the poster frame. Fill up the entire board with bits of artwork to create a large collage. Overlap items as necessary until the whole board is filled up then hang up this masterpiece somewhere in your home.
If you don’t want a large, poster-sized collage, pick up some smaller frames (11 by 17 work well) for smaller collage collections. If you choose to create smaller collages, group pieces of artwork by color, by subject, or by age/year.
Create a Scrapbook
Get a ringback binder and a number of plastic sheet protectors. Slip pieces of art into the sheet protectors then put all of the protectors into the binder to create an artwork scrapbook. Be sure to include the child’s name and the date of the piece either on the artwork itself or on the sheet protector.
You can also create a different type of scrapbook by making colored photo copies of each item then mounting the copy on a piece of colored paper. Staple these papers together to create a scrapbook.
Use Magnetic Frames for Fridge Displays
Invest in assorted sizes of magnetic picture frames. Slip pieces of your child’s artwork into the frames then arrange this frames on your fridge. Be sure to change up the items to create a new view of your child’s masterpieces.
Frame and Rotate Collection
Make a trip to a local thrift store or dollar to pick up a number of picture frames in assorted styles and sizes. Frame all of the pieces of artwork then hang them up in a display. Rotate the framed pieces so everything gets put on display at various times.
Use File Folders
Realistically, it probably won’t be possible to put every beautiful item that your child creates on display. Pick and choose some of your favorite pieces for display, but put the rest into safe keeping. One way to get the other items organized is to buy several pocket file folders to store them in.
Separate and sort pieces of art by year or grade then put them into file folders. Mark and label each folder then use a plastic storage box with a lid to store the folders in. The plastic box will keep your precious artwork away from damage by pests.
Your child’s artwork is precious and you certainly don’t want to lose it. Use one of these ideas to help you get it all organized so you can enjoy it and show it off for years to come.
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