Back to school time brings home beautifully crafted artwork from the kids. It’s priceless, but what to do with it?
Here are my tips on how to save childhood artwork and what I do in our household.
Hang the artwork in a special place when it first comes home. I have a small wall next to the refrigerator that I tack the latest masterpiece onto.
After artwork is displayed for a week or so then spray drawings and artwork with hairspray to keep colors from fading and smudging, the sort and store it.
Sort and store artwork in these ways.
Share and send it to Grandma or Grandpa with a note from the kids.
Take a few of them to the kids playroom (or use their bedroom) and make a “border of artwork” around the top of their wall.
Use a simple method of string and colorful clothespins. Get the kids involved: buy clothespins at the dollar store, let the kids paint them and use those pins to clip the artwork onto the string.
They are SO proud to have their items displayed and you can still enjoy it too. I have the kids playroom lined with the artwork they did in their first artwork classes when they were 3 and they I love to see it and feel very special that it is still displayed.
Some of the big milestone pieces or extra special ones I keep. Date the back of the piece. Get a small portfolio to keep the special ones in tact.
Use a portfolio like below and it’s under $10 (see portfolio)
And now toss a few of the items. Don’t be afraid- It is OKAY!
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