Are you wondering what to do with the piles and piles of artwork you have accumulated from your children over the years? If you are anything like me you hate to throw it out but just aren't sure how to manage it all. A friend recently asked if I'd share some ideas that I have tried, and then I'll go ahead and open up the comment section up to all of my fantastically creative followers to share ideas of your own.
When sorting through the big stack, I create two piles: one for the masterpieces that I'd like to keep the hard copy and another for those that can be archived in a digital format.
Options for original artwork:
1. Frame or display in the home. I have a few very special pieces that I love seeing throughout the house. Check out the Artful Parent, an inspirational blog, for beautiful ideas on displaying children's art in the home.
2. Gift to family and friends. If I've already scanned a copy and decide someone would also find joy in a special piece of the kid's artwork I pop it in the mail, especially for our family members recovering from illness that might need a little cheering up.
3. Use as gift wrap. The larger easel paintings make a unique way of reusing artwork. Finger paining paper is especially durable with its waxing coating perfect for children birthday parties or gifts for grandparents.
4. Create a portfolio or scrapbook. The portfolio on the left was made out of the special paintings Audrey made in her first few years. And the image on the right are collections of her work next to the song and rhymes she has learned each month once she started preschool.
Options for digital copies of artwork:
Really, the options are endless my friends. But, here a few that I plan on trying...
1. Scan images or photograph to use in digital family photo albums. I plan on including several pages at the end of each album for our favorite pieces of artwork from that year.
2. Create a large poster for display. Simply Create Kids has amazing options, I am currently working on designing one the posters below for the girls room!
Some of my favorite works of art are those I do along side my kids....Renee Yemma's blog has great inspirational art activities to do with your children. Trust me it will be hard to resist pulling out those paints once you see what she does with her daughter!
We'd love to hear some of your ideas for managing your children's artwork, please do share!