5 Ways to Show Off Your Kid’s Art (That Isn’t the Refrigerator)

There are only so many pieces of scotch tape and feeble magnets a refrigerator can hold before it becomes less a place to keep your food fresh and more a place for the next playdate creation to shine in all its tempera glory. This year, save your appliances (you splurged on the stainless steel for a reason) and display your mini-Monet’s prized pieces in one of these funky, cool – and often DIY – methods.

Hang them from wire

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Wire clotheslines are modern and marvelous (and they go especially well with all those aforementioned stainless steel appliances). Hanging your kids’ pieces up allows for a constant rotation of artistic endeavors and a wire system can also act as a holder of handy things for you – like your grocery list and your keys. IKEA has kits for these that come in under $30.

Frame Them

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Framing your little one’s work instantly takes a finger-painted piece and turns it into an artifact worthy of any wall in your home. I love the look of many pieces collaged together salon-style, whether you mix in family photographs or keep it all about them.

Decorate Your Other Décor

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If you have a color scanner handy, the option of transferring a painting or drawing onto any other object in your home is limitless. Be it a mouse pad, travel mug or your throw pillows, the décor of your house can all turn into homage to a budding artist. The key is getting those physical pieces into digital copies. I know some moms who simply take a photograph of art and save it to the computer for a cheerful, whimsical screensaver.

Create One Giant Collage

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I have seen collages like this one and fell in love with them, but they certainly are more difficult to create – and can be pricy if you require outside assistance. Savvy Photoshop ninjas could probably create something like this in the matter of a couple of days, but this exact one was crafted by taking photographs of a child’s art, shrinking them down to about the size of business cards, printing them and then piecing them together in a grid. The end result is a beautiful archive of your little one’s creations.

Art Becomes Life (or, at least, other art)

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The first time I heard of something like this was an exhibition at Tacoma, Washington’s Museum of Glass, when artists created glass figurines from children’s drawings. When I looked into it more, I learned that there is a whole world of crafty moms – and some companies, too – that build stuffed treasures from their kids art work. What better way to celebrate your kids’ creations than a special treat that came straight from their imaginations?

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