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Beyond the Fridge: Cool Ways to Show off Your Toddler's Art

When I was growing up, my parents relied on one tried-and true-method for displaying our masterpieces: the refrigerator.

They didn’t discriminate based on quality — my gallery-worthy ballerinas hung next to my little brothers’ one-star Ninja Turtle knock-offs.

Or so I choose to believe.

After a while the fridge would be covered in fourteen layers of magazine collages and cotton-ball sheep, and in a manic cleaning frenzy one day all of that fine artwork would end up in the trash and the Brown Family Art Gallery would be wiped clean just in time for a new installation.

While the fridge is the gold standard in children’s art displays, there are so many other options these days.

In my house we’re only one step above the refrigerator; our kids’ masterpieces end up taped to the basement door. I’m thinking about mixing it up a little and using a blank wall in our breakfast room to create a gallery of our own, one that could be changed over time and would give each child their own place of honor among their siblings.

Here’s a roundup of some kids’ art display options. Which is your favorite?

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  • Yard Stick Display 1 of 9
    Yard Stick Display
    I love this preschool art display because it's made from items you're likely to have in your home already. This one's great because items can easily be replaced or added to.
    For instructions, visit Family Fun.com.
  • Rubber Band Display Board 2 of 9
    Rubber Band Display Board
    This hand-made display board protects your toddler's masterpieces without damaging them and can be customized for any style or decorating theme.
    Check it out at Martha Stewart.com.
  • Clothespin Art Gallery 3 of 9
    Clothespin Art Gallery
    This is probably my favorite display option, because you know how I love to "put a bird on it."
    Buy it atBungalow Glow/Etsy.
  • Hand Stamped for a Special Spot 4 of 9
    Hand Stamped for a Special Spot
    This hand stamped display clip allows parents to show off toddler art in a special way, and would be great for an office or home.
    Find it atDilly Bags/Etsy.
  • It’s Hip to be Square… 5 of 9
    It's Hip to be Square...
    Especially when it comes to showing off your kiddo's art. This is an acrylic frame that uses magnets to easily change out and display art projects.
    You can purchase it atWexel Art.
  • Frames + Binder Clips = Easy Peasy Art Gallery 6 of 9
    Frames + Binder Clips = Easy Peasy Art Gallery
    This awesome project by Less than Perfect Life of Bliss uses binder clips and hand-painted picture frames to display art projects in a really fun way.
    For more info, visitReal Simple's Simply Stated blog.
  • DIY Family Display 7 of 9
    DIY Family Display
    I love the "gallery wall" look of this project. It really dresses up all that preschool art and would look great in a hallway or kitchen.
    For instructions on how to do this yourself visit Just Another Hang Up.
  • Vinyl Frame Gallery 8 of 9
    Vinyl Frame Gallery
    Stick-on vinyl frames create a sophisticated way to show off your child's art. So cool!
    Check them out at Bengal Works/Etsy.
  • If You’re Stuck on the Fridge (no pun intended) 9 of 9
    If You're Stuck on the Fridge (no pun intended)
    For those of you who can't move past the fridge for art displays (or those of you with limited wall space) this is a great way to give your kids' artwork a gallery feel.
    For more photos or to check out the tutorial, go to Positively Splendid for more details.

Mary Lauren Weimer is a social worker turned mother turned writer. Her blog, My 3 Little Birds, encourages moms to put down the baby books for a moment and tell their own stories. Connect with her on Facebook and Twitter.

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