Now that Annabelle is in school, the amount of artwork she produces has doubled. I wanted (and needed) a way to display and keep her little masterpieces. Pinterest is full of lovely ideas for displaying your child’s artwork, and I was all set on choosing one of them when I stumbled upon these frames at HomeGoods…
As soon as I saw them I knew they were perfect for Annabelle’s artwork. I was giddy. I may have even taken pictures and immediately texted them to a few of my mama friends that had mentioned they were looking for a way to display their little one’s art.
They are like shadow boxes, in that they are deep, but…are you ready….they open!
I switch them out regularly since it’s so easy to do. During December I had all her little Christmas masterpieces displayed. Annabelle loves having her artwork framed and will tell you about each piece. She’ll say things like, “That’s a fish I made at school. And that’s my handprint that I made at home with Mommy.” Functional and adorable. Perfect.
Of course, displaying her work was only one of the issues. I also needed to find a way to organize and save it. So I’ve come up with a super simple system. When Annabelle brings artwork home from school, or when we make something at home, I write on the back of each piece: her name, where she made it, the date and what it is (just in case years from now it’s not super obvious to me that what appears to be mere orange scribbles is, in fact, a giraffe.) Then I put them in a box labeled “Annabelle’s Artwork”.
My plan is to go through the box of work at the end of the school year and select the pieces that best represent what she learned this year. Then I’ll save those pieces in an art work/school work portfolio that I’m making for her. The rest I will recycle or (please don’t think I’m a horrible mother) let go of.
A few cute ways to recycle your little one’s artwork is to make Thank You Notes, to use them as the matting for pictures or as wrapping paper for when your child gives out gifts.
At the end of the school year, I’ll share with you the portfolio that I’m making for her.
How do you display, preserve or recycle your children’s artwork?