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Honoring Kids Artwork

By Stephanie Morgan- Modern Parents Messy Kids


For many families, spring is a time to get a fresh start on cleaning and organizing.  And when it comes to clutter, your children’s art can be one of the biggest culprits.  As hard as it is to throw out their hard work, it’s important not to try to keep everything the kids bring home.  They will produce a mountain of masterpieces over time.  Involve them in the process of picking out the creations they value most and get rid of the rest.  Then find special ways to honor their work around your home.  One of my favorite methods is to put the art behind glass.


This is my son's very first piece of art, created at his toddler group at age 1. It sits proudly on the mantle in our playroom.  Displaying it this way tells him that his work is important and worthy of being protected.  Also, this style of floating frames works well for art that's not square or rectangular.


This photo is from my living room and is one of the first things that visitors see upon entering our home.  The art goes behind the glass while a magnet sits in front of the glass and another goes behind the artwork to keep it in place.  This is another setup that's great for those wonky pieces of preschool art, often layered with felt and tissue paper.


I have to admit, the installation of this display system was probably a little easier for me than it might be for you.  My father owns a glass company so I just called him up and the next thing I knew screws were being mounted into the wall - thanks Pops!  Even if you don't have an inside man, though, any local glass supplier should be able to do the same for you. 


Another creative way to display kid art is in a shadow box.  The extra depth gives you the opportunity to add in other elements too. See this post for a stylish version that incorporates the crayons used to make the art.  A collection of hinged frames like these would also be a good way to go for more standard sized pieces.  The advantage here is that you can easily set up a whole gallery wall and rotate in the newest contributions.


Finally, don't forget about putting artwork behind high tech glass.  Digital photos of art make great screen savers on computers or flat screen TVs.  There's also the digital frame option, which can be used to display several pieces as a slide show.


What do you think - is toddler art worthy of the glass treatment?


Stephanie Morgan
Stephanie Morgan is mom to a 3 year old son and 1 year old daughter and the founder of Modern Parents Messy Kids (MPMK for short). MPMK provides parents with products, information, activities and design to engage their kids, organize their life, and add a little style to their homes. Stop by for daily bits of inspiration as well as a large collection of activities in The Make & Play Vault and reading resources in The Book Nook