3 Genius Ideas for Displaying Your Children's Artwork
Domaine’s editor-at-large, designer Estee Stanley, shares her tips for creating a stylish display with your children’s art.
Every day, my kids come home from school with some new art project, like a piece of dried clay molded into an abstract sculpture or a bunch of dried foods glued onto a piece of construction paper. I’m not a hoarder, so to me it’s very clear when something is not going to stand the test of time, in which case I toss it. But if it’s the first time my child wrote his name or painted a face or a picture of the family, I know that it’s something I’m going to want to keep. To avoid having piles of art projects all over the house, I like to utilize one of the three display ideas below so that I’m showing off my kids' artwork, but still maintaining a stylish interior.
Hang a curtain rod or wire outfitted with drapery rings with clips on a wall in your playroom or family room. Anytime a special drawing or painting comes home from school, use the clips to show off the piece. When new artwork comes in or your child wants something else displayed, swap a piece out, creating an ever-evolving display.
When a piece comes home from school and my kids are particularly proud, I know this one is a keeper. In this case, it immediately gets glued into the scrapbook where it will be preserved for years. Keep the scrapbooks on display with your other coffee table art books to keep it within arm’s reach for easy browsing.
Your children’s bright finger paintings and abstract doodles can almost rival the work of top artists and because your kid made it, be invaluable. Preserve their best works of art by framing their paintings and drawings in simple, non-embellished frames to let the vibrant colors and shapes come through.