Another Pretty Picture


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!

5 Responses to Another Pretty Picture

  1. Monica March 21, 2017 at 5:45 am #

    My mom kept decent holiday-themed artwork (not just colored Santa Claus, but creations) in holiday storage for each holiday. She wrote our grade on the back. These pieces have been hung up at home over the holidays over 30 years. It is so much fun for us adults to go home and see the holiday art. Especially Thanksgiving art where our former selves would write what we are thankful for. Its just wall hang stuff and flattens out so it doesn’t take that much extra work but man, this is a fun tradition!

    • Elisa
      Elisa March 21, 2017 at 1:46 pm #

      I love this idea! And it takes care of needing holiday decorations!

  2. Krisa March 21, 2017 at 7:28 am #

    We bring ours to nursing homes to decorate and visit elders. They love it and so do we!

  3. Elisa
    Elisa March 21, 2017 at 1:47 pm #

    This is wonderful- a great way to bring some cheer and color into someone’s life. Did you set up an arrangement with them beforehand or just show up for a visit?

  4. Julie March 21, 2017 at 7:49 pm #

    We kept art they liked and at the end of the school year they got to choose a few (3-4?) to save in their memory box (which is a Rubbermaid tub) with any memories they (or we) wanted to hang on to.

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