Is the side of your refrigerator full? Are your magnets
maxed out? The kitchen is a great place to display kids’ art, because you see
it every day. And it’s convenient, but it sure looks messy after a while. There
has to be a better way to fully appreciate your kids’ art!
For a static display, professionally frame a few of the
best, and make a composition with other posters and art. But it’s also fun to
rotate the latest works while saving the best over the years.
1. Create an art wall
grid with clipboards.
Choose a big wall in your entry, hall or other easy-to-see
location. Hang an array of clipboards or creative fasteners like these
oversized clothespins on the wall, and you have an instant easy to use display
system for pictures and dimensional art. Rotate out the art, saving the old art
in a box. Keep in mind children make a ton of art and you can’t possibly keep
it all. Once a week, have your child pick their favorite and just keep those.
How to do it:
Plan on three rows, the middle being just lower
than eye level. You need to be able to reach the top row easily. Odd numbers
usually look the best, but this wall shown above looks great with six across
because the wall is big enough.
Plot out your grid by finding the center of your wall side
to side first, then tape a letter size piece of paper there. By taping more
pieces of paper, work to the left and right to figure out how many clipboards
will fit, and make small marks evenly across. Make sure you leave plenty of
room on the sides, too, so the wall acts like a frame around the whole grid.
Hang at least two clipboards with nails, predrilling a hole
first if your walls are hard or made of plaster. If necessary, use wall anchors made for drywall
, most hardware stores and places like Home Depot
carry them. Ask
a salesperson for help if you’re not sure what to buy. Now you can figure out
how far apart the rows should be. Measure the space between the two clipboards
and use that dimension in between the rows as well. Be sure to add the size of
the clipboard, not a piece of paper!
Or, skip the grid altogether and hang the clipboards
randomly! That way, you’ll also be able to hang art that’s larger than a piece
2. Use a floating
3. Use a shower
curtain rod, drapery rod or wire.
Get the rings with clips designed to grab the fabric, and
hang the artwork from that, like the photo at the top of this article. These solutions are polished and look professional,
if you want a lower budget version, use thick string and wooden clothespins for
the same effect.
This idea would also work in an art room where kids’
paintings need to dry.
Living with your kids’ art is a great way to celebrate their
creativity and add some fun and color to your home. Do you have any other great
ideas? Let us know!
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