Over the years, Dean and I have curated quite the collection of artwork from our kids, and I know all of my fellow momistas have many of your own mini masterpieces to exhibit. With Mother’s Day around the corner, it’s a safe bet that lots of little ones will be adding to their portfolios, and while they might not be ready for the Getty (yet), that’s no reason not to display your kids art with style and creativity. Here are a few ideas how:
1. Collage it
This is a great way to show off all of your little artist’s works and incorporate their talents into your design scheme with style and sophistication. If you’re handy on the computer, you can take the time to scan a number of paintings into the computer, resize them, and have the collage printed and framed. If you’re looking for a speedier solution, hire a designer to put your new poster together.
2. Create a Coffee Table Book
Shutterfly’s award-winning photo books are a great, inexpensive way to showcase your kiddie’s works. Their process guides you toward through a few simple steps, and with just a few clicks, it’s on its way. This is also a great way to remember and save your children’s works for years after they’re grown and the finger paintings have come to an end.
3. Note Cards and Stationary
Your family and friends will love receiving notes adorned with art your kids made. There are a number of online printing services that allow you to upload scanned paintings and print the art on card stock – it’s a great way to amp up thank you notes from the kids!
For parents whose little artists are especially prolific, a fun, easy way to exhibit their latest masterpieces is to mount stylish clipboards on the wall and swap out the older paintings with their latest and greatest.
5. Table it
A fabulous hands-on way to immortalize your little one’s artwork is to incorporate it into your actual furniture. With a few simple steps and a little patience, you can transform their paintings into a table top for their playroom or nursery. All you need is:
- A wooden table (or chair)
- The masterpieces you’ve chosen to use (or color photocopies if you’d prefer)
- A ruler
- Your craft knife
- A clean foam brush
- A flat nylon brush
- Mod podge hard coat
Once you’ve gathered your supplies, you’re just a few steps away from an artsy DIY table:
- Measure and use your craft knife to trim the paintings to a uniform size.
- Position the resized artwork on the tabletop in a grid or other desired pattern. Using the flat prush, apply the mod podge to the back of the artwork and secure in place. Let dry completely before moving on to the next step.
- Once the mod podge has dried, use your foam brush to apply the topcoat of mod podge to the entire table. You’ll need to add several top coats; the trick is to let each coat dry completely before adding another. If you follow the directions on the bottle, you can’t go wrong!
And voila – you’ve created the perfect table for your little one to create more works of art.
6. Frame it
For your favorite works, never underestimate the power of a fabulous frame to punch up any picture or painting. Mixed in with your existing décor, your kid’s work will look sophisticated and fun.
How do you show off your kid’s artwork? I want to see your creative ways to exhibit their artwork so be sure to leave a comment and upload photos!