If you have school age children, you know how quickly artwork can accumulate. You can’t keep every finger painting or toilet-paper-roll kazoo, but it breaks you heart (and theirs) to file it in the ‘circular file.’ I have discovered an easy way to display your little Picasso’s artwork and then safely archive it forever. Best of all, it doesn’t include mountains of boxes or storage totes.
Choose an area of your home where you have some room to display the artwork for a short time. I use the playroom, but you can use even a small empty spot on a wall.
How to Display and Archive Your Children’s Artwork – Materials and Tools Needed
4 drywall screws or hooks
String or twine
Screwdriver or power drill
How to Display and Archive Your Children’s Artwork – 5 Simple Steps
1. First, insert two drywall screws in the wall about 8 feet apart and about as high as you can reach. (You can be more creative if you like and use decorative hooks, but they really won’t show anyway.) Using some string or twine, tie an end to each of the screws. Go ahead a pull it a little taut, the weight of the artwork will make it sag a little.
2. Insert two more drywall screws or hooks the same distance apart about two feet below the first two screws. Attach the string or twine as in step one.
3. Using the clothespins, hang each piece of artwork your child brings home. You will be surprised at how quickly this dynamic art exhibit fills up.
4. Once you have run out of room – and you will run out of room – take a photo of the wall of art. You now have a permanent record of all of your treasures without taking up a lot of space. The photos can be included in scrapbooks or photo albums.
5. Finally (when no one is looking) purge the old artwork to make room for the new. Of course, you will probably want to keep one or two extra-special pieces in an archival quality box.
You don’t have to be Bob Vila or Ty Pennington to build a display for your children’s artwork. Use these 5 simple steps and a few household items to create a dynamic exhibit your children will be proud of, without having to rent a storage unit.
For more tips on keeping organized, read these articles:
How to Keep Track of You Children’s Schedules, Activities
Organizing Your Closet
How to Complete More Scrapbook Pages in Less Time
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