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Here at our house, we do A LOT of crafts. I think it’s super important to be proud of the artwork our little ones do. So I started thinking about fun ways to display and eventually store all of the great crafts we complete together. My current favorite are these 5 easy fall crafts we made.
Our fridge is basically always covered with cute artwork and craft projects created by our preschooler. She loves looking at all her pictures and crafts we made together.
Importance of Displaying Your Kids' Artwork and Crafts
Displaying your children’s art is important to help your child gain a sense of accomplishment. Reminding your child what they achieved and displaying what was created all by them helps your child build confidence and a sense of completion.
Growing your child’s confidence while they are still young is super important and builds a strong foundation that will help them for the rest of their lives.
Ways You Can Display Your Kids' Artwork
There are so many different meaningful ways you can display your child’s artwork. Even if you only keep it up for a little while, showing pride in their work is key to building their sense of pride.
We will talk about a few different ways you can display your child’s artwork that include:
- On the walls
- Without using walls
- Using frames
These are some of the ways I display the artwork in our house and some other creative ideas I have found along the way.
Ideas To Hang Your Child’s Artwork On The Wall Without a Frame
Any of these can be hung up with either monkey hooks (AKA Hercules Hooks) or using Command products. I have used both of these products for years and I highly recommend either of them. One thing I would be aware of is the weight limits on each. You don’t want to hang something and have it fall off the wall and break.
Monkey hooks will give you an extra-strong hold and are very secure while the Command products allow you to hand things on the wall without causing any damage to the wall.
JINSHUNFA Wall Hooks
These hooks are reusable and have AMAZING reviews on Amazon. The advertised max weight limit is 13 lbs so I would suggest you use these for smaller and lighter projects.
Command 3 lb Capacity Hooks
These hooks can hold up to 3 lbs. Sometimes kids' artwork can be around this weight with all the glue, pom-poms, and paper.
Cable to Display Kids' Artwork
The cable display is great for easily rotating your child's artwork as they make new ones. This will look good hanging in any room or hall in your house and it is great for hanging all different sized projects together.
Olakee Love Hanging Photo Display
This is a cute way to hold a few pieces of artwork or photos. If you have younger kids, I would hang it high enough so they won't be able to reach the chains.
Natural Fish Net Party Decorations
This could be used with clothespins to hang all of your child's artwork in a unique way. To avoid putting holes in the walls, you could also use command hooks or strips.
Personalized Kids Artwork Display
Super cute display for the wall that you can personalize with your child’s name. It only comes with 4 clips, but could be considered a good thing since it can force you to rotate your kids' artwork and crafts more frequently.
LED Photo Clip String Lights
Light up your child's beautiful artwork and crafts with these clip string lights.
No Walls, No Problem! Ideas To Display Your Kids' Artwork Without Using Walls
Anti-Slip Iron Plate Display Stand
These, along with a clipboard, make a fun and easy way to display your child's artwork without using walls!
Grid Unit, 2' x 6' with Legs
This will stand up in any space and displays your child's artwork using these cute clothespins.
Whitewashed Wood 4 Panel Screen
Using this room divider, tie a string vertically to the top and bottom. Then use clothespins to hang your child's artwork.
Legacy Decor 3 Panel Japanese Oriental Style Room Screen Divider
This is a more modern-looking screen to hang your child's artwork the same way as the Whitewashed screen.
A Few Fun Ways To Display Your Kids' Artwork and Crafts In a Frame
Child Artwork Frame
These frames are really cool. You hang them once and then they can be opened easily to change the artwork inside.
Triple Gallery Picture Frame
This picture frame is also a simple way to rotate your child's artwork quickly while the fame is still hung. The frame can also hold multiple pieces at the same time.
How To Store And Preserve Your Kids' Artwork and Crafts
So you are taking down all the artwork that is displayed to make room for some new pieces, but now, how are you supposed to preserve and everything? Here are my top 3 ways to store your child’s crafts.
For each method, you will need to choose how you want to organize and separate your child’s artwork and crafts. For example, I like to organize our artwork and crafts by birth year. But you could also organize it by school year or calendar year.
Next, you can choose the storage method that will work best for you.
TIP: Be sure to write the date and the child’s name on every piece of artwork and craft
Box Method for Storing Your Child’s Artwork and Crafts
The box method is the easiest for storing your child’s artwork and crafts. (P.S. I cannot find the original creator of this method.) It is simple to set up but does take up a bit more room and is not easily viewable by your child. The lack of visibility could be good or bad depending on the piece of artwork.
- Box for hanging files
- 26 or more hanging files one for each month of the year plus an extra for anything else you want to save and one for each school year (K – 12). (I recommend legal size for bigger artwork and crafts)
- Hanging file labels (Some hanging files come with these in the box)
- Label each hanging file with your child’s name and age/year.
- Put all the hanging files into the box
Once you have all of your folders setup, all you need to do is file your child’s artwork or crafts as you remove them from your displays.
You may say, “Well great, now what am I going to do with all these boxes?”
You should be able to fit all or most of your child’s papers in one storage box.
I recommend going through a monthly folder 2 months later. So if it is September, you will be going picking the most important artwork from July and filing that in the current grade folder. I find that doing a little task like purging a file once a month or doing one load of laundry a day is less overwhelming and I am more likely to do it.
Photo Method for Storing Your Child’s Artwork and Crafts
The photo method simple and easy. This method is especially helpful for large pieces of artwork or bulky crafts that are not easily stored.
- Take a picture of the artwork or craft your child created for the year you choose to group them.
- Upload your child’s artwork to your chosen photo printer. (I like to use CVS Photo, Picaboo, or Shutterfly)
- Choose a photo album template.
- Create a photo album using the pictures you uploaded and the template you choose.
Scrapbook Method for Storing Your Child’s Artwork and Crafts
This one is definitely my favorite since I absolutely love scrapbooking! The Scrapbook method is a little different from the photo method because it includes a lot of the original artwork. Using this method you can write about the memory of creating this artwork with your child.
You are basically preserving the memory not only of the craft or artwork you made together, but also the story you created in the process. Years from now, your child will be able to look back and remember spending quality time with you and will be able to read part of their life story and the memories you made together.
- Scrapbook paper
- Acid-free Double-sided tape
- Acid-free pen
- Journaling cards
- Your child’s artwork
- The stories behind the artwork
- On the title page of your scrapbook, write your child’s name, age, and year you will be including in that book.
- On each set of pages following that, slide the artwork into one side and use the journaling boxes to write the story behind the artwork or craft on the other side.
- Use the double-sided tape to attach the journaling box and any pictures you have of the creation process.
- Repeat for all the artwork and crafts you have.
TIP: Use the memo feature on your phone and the talk to text to write down the stories before you forget the details.
These are just a few ways you can display and store your child’s artwork. Keeping your child’s artwork on display builds a strong foundation of confidence, pride, and achievement. Displaying your child’s artwork in creative ways other than magnetized to the fridge can keep you happy with less clutter and more style.
Once you need to make room for some new artwork, you will need to store and organize your child’s wonderful creations. That is when you can choose the storage method that works for you.
I hope you found this display and storage solutions for your child’s artwork article helpful.