Best Ideas to Display Kids' Artwork. Turn Children Masterpieces into Treasured Memento
Kids' artwork can be overwhelming for parents to handle, sometimes. There are many ways and ideas on how to turn these masterpieces into items of value.
When my kids were attending preschool, they brought back so many art pieces per week. It was tedious for me to manage. Now that my kids attend art classes, it becomes even more a challenge for me.
We usually keep most of their paintings. Art is an expression of our children inner beings. Keeping our kids' artwork allow us to see our children development over time. Praising the good artwork and presenting the masterpieces to friends and relatives help to boost the kid's confidence too.
If you are one of those parents who are keen to keep your kids' artwork, let me share with you what I have been doing with the kids’ paintings and art projects.
Decide which artwork to keep
Usually, we do not throw the kids' art work immediately when they bring back home. We will discuss and admire the art piece. Through discussion you may find out about the thoughts of your kids and how it was expressed.
We do purging about once a year. We decide together with our kids on which piece to keep and file. During the purging, it is interesting to find out the kids' comment about their work after a time lapse. They may laugh at themselves for producing a silly piece of work previously.
Ideas for turning Kids Artwork into Items
We can turn these children art masterpieces into many things:
- frame it as picture
Our kids' masterpieces hanging at our dinning area.
Pick a few excellent art pieces. Get some frames or bring it to a shop and frame them up. You can hang them in the house as part of your home decoration. Display your own kids' creation is more meaningful than putting up someone’s painting.
- use it as gift wrappers
For those paintings that may not make it for framing but not bad enough to be purge, you can consider them as gift wrappers. It is also environment friendly in a way to recycle them.
- make your own calendar
Using the digital version, you can make your own calendar. Help a charitable organization to raise fund by selling the calendars. Your kids will be so proud of their creation distributed, admired by others and doing a good cause.
- customize gifts or merchandise
Print the artwork as design for mugs, T-shirts, cards etc. Sell these customize items or use them as gifts. Give them, as Christmas present to family members are great ways to make your kids feel proud about their work.
These are some merchandises with my daughter's art piece on it.
- publish the work or make it into a book
Yes, your child can publish her own artwork collection. After all, kids' artwork is also a creation by an individual that is subject to copyright. She can earn royalties by licensing the artwork or publish a book featuring all her artwork collections. This is a way for kids to earn some pocket money or contribute to part of their education fund.
- personalized tray mats on dinning table
You can create beautiful paper drawings or paintings into tray mats. If the original artwork is done on thick paper, you can just laminate it. Else, place the original work on selected card paper before lamination.
How to Preserve and Organize Children Paintings
Kids' paintings are done with paint and crayon on drawing paper. The color can fade in the long term. To preserve the color artwork, spray the painting with lacquer. If needed, coat it a few layer. Ensure it is coated evenly and let it dry. Slot each piece of artwork into a plastic folder and file it.
With technology, we can digitize the collection and keep them forever. Use either a scanner or digital camera to capture the paintings. Store and keep them in a CD for ease of storage.
Kids' artwork is memento to parents in years to come. Creative ways of keeping these masterpieces make it more meaningful to kids that their creations are highly appreciated. It is a great motivator to the children.