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15 Ways to Hide or Display Your Kid's Art

By ilanawiles |

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.

(shhhh!!!)

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Displaying and Storing Kid's Art

Display: Wire curtain rods with clips

I 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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Ilana Wiles writes Mommy Shorts, a humor blog geared towards new parents. She is one of Babble's Top 100 Mom Blogs and one of The Huffington Post's top 20 women to follow on Instagram. She lives in NYC with her husband, 2-year-old daughter and a newborn baby girl. Read bio and latest posts → Read ilanawiles's latest posts →

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13 thoughts on “15 Ways to Hide or Display Your Kid's Art

  1. Melissa says:

    I save up each girls art all year. At the end of the year I setup a lightbox and take photos of the art and the use qoop.com to create a photo book. And then I throw away the art. It’s a great way to save the art without having to actually keep it all. Good luck with your art :)

  2. Emily says:

    I like the first one ( the wire rods) and then circulate as new pictures come in. Put the pictures that come down into the poster tubes. nd then rent a storage locker to hold the tubes:)

  3. kt says:

    along with the photography idea….i had heard about putting it all on a digital frame to display.

  4. Amanda says:

    When I get something, I immediately scan it to the computer and trash the original. That way, I can be as sentimental as I want without a bunch of crap cluttering my house.

  5. Kristin @kdwald says:

    I kind of like the corkboard idea. Right now my kids both tape things to their doors – teenager style. Their school has a big emphasis on ART and so we’re inundated. Great suggestions – but most are far too fashionable and chic for me. My plan: Cork. Pizza box. Trash.

  6. Pam says:

    I have a big tupperware tub for each kid that I have kept certain baby outfits (blessing/baptism outfits as well as other too cute to give away outfits) and as my children grow, I find that I have been adding their more special art/school assignments to it… like the one where my daughter had to draw a picture of a word starting with “P” and she drew poop… yup. Kept it.

  7. Heather K says:

    Here is your solution. Five Words:

    Pawn. Them. Off. On. Family.

    They will feel all excited and happy to have the art-work, you don’t have to store it, and you don’t have to feel guilty for throwing it out.

    Although, who am I kidding, I throw things out now… I save the things I particularly like or are special to me for some reason. One of my favorites was a dried-hand print made from clay or play-dough or something. I’ll never throw that away!

  8. Heather K says:

    Ooooooh, Amanda, I like your idea +Lots!

  9. Raeanne says:

    I Love the Big Clips…where can I get those?

  10. betz says:

    i love melissa’s idea. i was also thinking about preserving them digitally. and i found something interesting about preserving kid’s arts that sure will not take a lot of space and is really brilliant.

    put them on duvet cover!
    http://jengrantmorris.blogspot.com/2011/10/daniels-duvet-cover.html

  11. diane caso says:

    My youngest daughter is 31..her preschool artwork is stashed in a flat suit box in the attic..her teacher was really in to accordian pleated arms and legs…on apples, pumpkins, snowmen..etc. I am not a hoarder-I am a keeper of memories:)

  12. Adrienne says:

    With 4 kids the artwork is ENDLESS!!! My husband can’t bear to throw anything out either. We are still figuring out how to manage it all but I have a modified version of the curtain rods with string now, I like the poster tubes to save them. I would love to scan it all but am currently without a scanner so I may just take pictures of everything. Thanks for the ideas!!

  13. Estela says:

    Take a picture of it and make them into a photo book. That way they all fit nicely on a bookshelf.

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