How to Display Children’s ArtworkJanuary 12, 2021
Do you have one or several little Picassos at home? Then you probably know the feeling of being inundated with lots and lots of masterpieces, especially once they have started daycare or preschool.
Of course, it is wonderful to have creative children and we struggle to throw out even the smallest scribble from our offspring. However, what do we actually do with all these pieces of art? Unfortunately, more often than not, they land on a pile never to be looked at again.
Let’s celebrate their creativity and see how we can display and enjoy these masterpieces more. No need to transform your home into one big gallery or use paintings as wallpaper … Here are some simple display ideas that won’t cost the world.
Create Display Zones
First of all, decide where you would like to display artwork in your home. Maybe choose one area for work that you can hang on the wall, and another area for those awesome 3D creations.
Displaying Flat Artwork
Flat artwork is a lot easier to display than 3D work. Framing is only one way. There are many other options that are just as easy to implement.
Any kind of board can be used. The most common are probably simple cork or magnetic boards. Pegboards are another option or you could even use a nice clipboard.
Cork Board Art Display by Simply Organized
Use floating shelves for a kid’s art display area. It will make it very easy to rearrange, exchange, and rotate artwork. This works well in combination with frames.
Art Gallery Wall by Centational Girl
Pegs or Art Cable Systems
You could use wooden pegs glued to a piece of trim or go for a more contemporary option with a simple curtain hanging wire. In any case, it is an easy way to hang flat artwork without a major investment and it takes a matter of seconds to change the display.
Art peg & cable system, by Design Improvised
Get creative with hangers!
How easy is that?! You can even personalise the hangers, but of course, that’s not a must.
Art Display using Hangers by Honestly, The Honest Blog
Framing is probably the most obvious way to display artwork or photos. I really like this practical frame that was made especially for children’s artwork: the Li’l DaVinci art cabinet!
It is not only a frame but also a storage unit at the same time! It comes in different sizes and colours and stores up to 50 paintings or drawings – how cool is that! The best feature: you don’t have to take the frame off the wall to add a new masterpiece; it opens from the front.
Art Cabinet by Li’l DaVinci
See in this video how easy it is (no affiliation): https://youtu.be/McSHEwWBv40
Displaying 3D Artwork
3D artwork is often big and bulky. Think about how you would display a sculpture or any other 3D work of art. Pretty much any clear surface is an option. However, the dining table is probably not a good idea. Rather try a shelf, a sideboard, a mantelpiece, or on top of a piano as shown in this example.
Display 3D artwork by Frills Fluff and Trucks
Hopefully, these ideas inspire you to get creative and to enjoy your child’s artwork more. Stay put for our next post in which we will share how to declutter, digitise, store, and back up your children’s artwork.