My three year old is already making a ton of art projects: coloring book pages covered in crayon, marker and paint; construction papers filled with stickers; papers covered in glue and glitter and feathers; and much more. She loves making art, and I love encouraging it. Heck, she comes home from preschool and the YMCA childcare multiple times a week with more art that she makes there! I also have a 10 month old who is slowly but surely going to be making art of her own in no time!
It’s a lot of art!
I know I am in for years and years of art project collecting and storing and displaying. I don’t like the “Hang it on the refrigerator” method for a number of reasons:
- It makes the refrigerator door, and thus the kitchen, look cluttered. And I don’t deal with clutter well!
- It’s not a pretty solution. The papers are just hanging there, looking out of place for the most part.
- There’s not enough room for display. You could only hang one or two at a time before the fridge REALLY looks like a big mess!
I wanted to create a better, simpler solution. And I came up with the perfect idea. It would go in the play room, in the corner. It would become a huge part of her little art station. This art center contains her art work on the wall, along with some decorative decals and her art table & easel.
Let’s look at the finished piece now, shall we?
Let’s get to the tutorial. It’s easy, I promise.
Tutorial: How to display kids artwork
- 1×2 wooden board, cut to about 3 feet long
- craft paint
- 6 clothespins
- washi tape
- hot glue & glue gun
- power drill
- Paint your wooden board in your choice of color. I chose pink because that’s a primary color in the kids’ play room space.
- Use a strip of washi tape to cover the fronts of each clothespins. I chose three different patterns of washi tape, and covered two clothespins in each of the tape patterns.
- Drill the board directly into the wall in two spots. Use a stud finder to insert the screw directly into the stud. If you are not going to be using studs, make sure to use a Drywall Anchors(affiliate link) so your piece is secure.
- Use hot glue to affix your pretty washi clothespins onto the board at equal intervals.
- Hang up the artwork.
And change it up often- that’s the benefit of this system! When you get tired of some of the pieces that are hung up, simply take them down and put up a newer one! It takes 3 seconds and will make your space feel refreshed!