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Honoring Kids’ Artwork: Part 2 – Create a Collection

photos via Create-Celebrate-Explore


In the last half of this series I’ll cover a few ways to establish a rotating gallery at home.  For today, lets address what to do with that hand turkey (and other seasonal art) once the holidays have come and gone.  First, take digital photos of the pieces and then throw them out.  Trust me, you’ll feel nothing but relief when that ever-growing pile of construction paper is gone.


Second, use the photos to create something stylish.  Option A is the quintessential coffee table book.  This may not be a revolutionary idea, but this example from Create-Celebrate-Explore is one of the best executions I’ve seen.  I love how it includes three dimensional pieces and short descriptions on each page.  Click through for option B, which happens to be my very favorite method of displaying kids’ art.



photo via a thousand words, spotted at Your Decorating Hotline


If you’ve got the wall space, I highly recommend creating a modern collage by shrinking your photos into small tiles.  I can’t wait for C and S to move beyond finger painting so I can do something similar to this version at a thousand words.  Aren’t the photos of the kids just perfect?  This whole composition is ready for its own spot at MoMA.


And for even more impact, check out this large-scale stunner from decor8.  Upon seeing it, I knew I had to figure out exactly how people were doing this.  Then lo and behold…


photo via HowDoesShe?


I stumbled upon this nifty little tutorial from HowDoesShe?  Finally, if you just don’t have the time (or the photo editing software) to make a collage yourself…


Simplycreatekids.com will happily do it for you.  All you have to do is take the photos and send them in.


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{ 6 comments… read them below or add one }

coolkids January 20, 2011 at 5:17 pm

I love this idea! I just never get around to doing it!


Tina January 20, 2011 at 5:49 pm

Wow! Love this. Much more stunning than my current method of putting favorite artwork into plastic covers in a 3 ring binder.


Melissa January 20, 2011 at 7:23 pm

Thank you for all the of examples! My oldest is 5 and we are overflowing with artwork and creations!


Danielle January 25, 2011 at 4:13 am

What a wonderful idea! I love this!


Steph at ModernParentsMessyKids.com January 28, 2011 at 4:30 pm

Glad everyone liked these ideas… and now we’re even giving away one of those collage posters:



Jackie May 4, 2011 at 9:30 pm

This is a wonderful idea. Must. Find. Time. Thanks for the inspiration!
: )


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