Mazzy goes to a toddler transitions class two mornings a week. I don’t know if this is something all parents do or just parents in NYC who are terrified their kids won’t get into the right preschool. Whatever the case, it means my daughter brings home a lot of artwork.
We’re talking at least three to four paintings a week. And I have every reason to believe this will continue for the next two to twelve years.
I am a sentimental person (or so I have discovered) who lives in a NYC apartment. Which means I can’t just throw Mazzy’s paintings into a random drawer or closet— they are all taken by useful items like pots and underwear.
So I have begun to explore my options for both displaying and storing my daughter’s art.
As well as trying to get used to the idea of throwing some of it in the trash.
Display: Wire curtain rods with clips 1 of 16I actually use something similar for photographs on a wall in my kitchen— made with string, fisheye hooks and painted alligator clips.
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Display: Hanging Clipboards 2 of 16This works only if you instruct your preschool to keep projects all the same size...
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Display: Painted Frames for Spectacular Effect 3 of 16This is my favorite option of the bunch but it's a little hard to orchestrate while your collection is still growing.
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Hide: Pizza Box 4 of 16You can go straight up Domino's or I hear they have fancier versions at craft stores. Either way- it fits perfectly underneath the bed.
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Display: Perfectly Framed 5 of 16Methinks this art wasn't done by a child.
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Display: Just Tape It On Up 6 of 16Sometimes the best way to display kid's art is proudly.
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Display & Hide: Frames with Inner Folders 7 of 16The frame opens so you can change the art without having to remove it from the wall and you can store multiple art pieces inside.
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Display: Cork Board 8 of 16A messier option but super easy to manage whatever your kid creates.
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Display: Clothes Pins 9 of 16Great way to display a few special pieces at a time. I will probably do this in Mazzy's room.
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Display: Complex System that I Don’t Quite Understand 10 of 16I think it involves wood slats, tacks, clips and someone way handier than myself.
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Hide: Roll It Up 11 of 16This option reminds me of Mike Brady's lost architecture plans.
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Display: Floating Picture Shelf 12 of 16This is a great option for framed pictures of different sizes.
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Display: Large Scale Art Center 13 of 16Magnetic surface, chalk board and cork all in full effect.
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Display: Chicken Wire 14 of 16Good luck trimming up those ends so nobody gets hurt...
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Hide: Plastic Art Bag 15 of 16Sometimes life is as simple as a Ziplock.
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TRASH 16 of 16Even the most sentimental among us, can't keep it ALL, right?
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