Chances are if you have creative kids, you also have a ton of your children’s artwork that’s just too precious to throw away. However, I am also sure you must be increasingly running out space on where to store all these masterpieces as well, right?
Well, upon reading a few articles here and there, I realized that there are a few clever things that can be done with all that artwork without having to dispose of it in the trash (phew!). Plus, these ideas will make your kids proud to display their work in various useful ways too.
Check out these awesome tips for what you can do with those cute paintings and drawings that your kids put so much time into:
- Laminate them and use them as placemats. If you don’t already have a laminating machine as part of your growing home-arts supply, you can take your children’s work to an art supply store or a Kinkos-Fedex style shop where they can do it at pretty low cost. Or, you can aso purchase laminating sheets which you can easily cut to size and use.
- Use the drawings as wrapping paper for family gifts. Your kids will love seeing their art used as the wrapper for an important gift to grandma, and she will love the specially made wrapping paper!
- Fold the drawing or painting sheets in half and use them to send note cards to friends and family, or also as thank you cards.
- Scan them into your computer and save them on CDs. You can then also use them as wall paper for your desktop background and/or as a screen saver. Most computer screen savers and desktops are now fully customizable, so you can use your own photos.
- Buy simple frames, or make them at home with thick cardboard, and frame a bunch of pieces to send as family gifts for occasions such as birthdays, grandparent’s day, anniversaries etc…
- Keep the very special pieces, or the kids’ favorites, and display them in a binder with hole-punched plastic protectors. The kids can also customize the binder by slipping a particular art piece in the cover’s plastic sleeve and decorating it with stickers.
- Buy a couple of more expensive frames and hang the most favorite artwork on the walls in your living room. Hey, guests may actually think they are the latest creation of a new modern art protegé! Some of today’s most appreciated art pieces do look like they could have been created by a toddler after all…
And there you have it! Some tips for using up all that artwork your budding artist just keeps on producing! I hope you found some of it useful.
Oh! And be sure to let me know if you have any other good ideas of your own by leaving a comment below.Pin It