Wednesday, December 16, 2009

Hanging Kids Art

This idea of anchoring cables and using binder clips or paper clips to fasten pieces to the wire is a good way to handle the steady flow of your little Picasso's work. Some may end up in frames or binders, but for a fast hang this is a great functional option.
The Jan Eleni Collage is my absolute favorite option for displaying kids art. It is more of an investment in time. Carefully selected pieces are reproduced and shrunk to create this modern archival poster. Get a collage of your kids art exclusively through Love. Via Design Mom.

Let's look at a How-To on an Art Display and Storage Box by Maya Donenfeld from maya*made
Children tend to be prolific with their art. Finding storage for their creations is at the top of many parents' list. Today we'll take a simple box and turn it inside out to create a frame for rotating artwork with hidden storage behind. This project incorporates organizing and recycling beautifully.

You will need:
*narrow cardboard box (cereal box or Priority mailer are good examples)
*strong tape
*card stock
*craft knife
*supplies for decorating (we used a stamp pad and found objects for printing)
*glue gun
*hole puncher
Step one: Carefully open up the box and lay it flat on a surface safe for using a craft knife. The outside of the box will be the new inside.

Step two: Cut top flaps off and measure an opening in front of the box that will highlight artwork. Our dimensions on a priority mailer box were 8x10 inches. This will vary depending on the size of the box you are working with.

Step three:(optional) Decorate the outside of the box (brown side). Keep in mind that it will contain art and be displayed on a wall. Because of this we chose one color and kept it simple, but you and your child can create the perfect customization for your home.

Step four: Tape a piece of card stock to the interior side of the box front. Tape three sides, keeping the top open. This is the sleeve you will be sliding artwork into for display.

Step five: Reconstruct your box. It will just be the reverse of how you took it apart. Use a glue gun for easy and sturdy sticking together.

Step six: Punch a hole in the back near the top. This is how you will hang your frame on the wall.

Step seven: Select a piece of art to frame and store the rest!
Another idea, is to utilize cool wooden hangers to get images on the walls. This is not really kids art, but you get the idea. :)


  1. I received the BEST mom tip about the overflow of children's art. We have cabinet "Gallery" When ever one of my children plaster the fridge with a masterpiece I tape it to the inside of my kitchen cabinet doors. They call it their art gallery and even have mini showings when guests come.

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