Children’s artwork. You know what I am talking about. You pick your kid up from daycare – only to be greeted with a stack of original masterpieces done by your two-year-old. You open your kid’s backpack after school and papers come exploding out. A drawing of your family. A drawing of a mermaid. (Or if it is anything like my kid, a drawing of her favorite Mario Kart characters.)
They are each unique pieces of art. Beautiful in their own way. Special because your child created each and everyone.
But YIKES is that a lot of paper.
So what does one do with all these stunning pieces?
Here are a few solutions.
1- Have a special artwork spot in your home. Allow only two pictures per kid, and have them choose when to put up something new and recycle the old.
2- Hang a ribbon from two corners of your child’s bedroom with adhesive hooks, and use clothespins to hang personal artwork. Rotate every month or as often as you need to depending on how much work you get.
3- Take pictures of them. I tend to only take pictures of the ones that I really like. Once you have a digital copy of it, then you can toss the original. You can then do tons of creative things with them. Make a hardcover photo book, a photo blanket, a bag, anything. There are also sites out there that turn artwork into plush dolls or jewelry.
4. If they are more abstract pieces, you can take the originals (snap a picture first just in case) cut them into shapes, and then glue them into blank greeting cards. You can buy a box of single colored or multi-colored ones at local craft stores. Then you can write simple messages (Thank You, Thinking of You, etc.) on the front. These make creative gifts for parents or grandparents.
Any other great ideas out there? Comment below!