How to Make an Easy Kid's Art Display

How to Make an Easy Kid’s Art Display

How to Make an Easy Kid's Art Display

Nothing can prepare you for the onslaught of artwork created by preschool age children.

I and many of my mom clients struggle with so many aspects of these creations: what to keep, what to dispose of, where to keep it, why do I want to keep this and how long do I (have to) keep this?

I wanted to create a way to display my kid's work so we could appreciate it. And I wanted a way to teach them how to let it go once something newer and shinier came along.  

That is what inspired this hallway art display in the stairway leading to their room.  Our refrigerator was becoming a place with construction paper and crafts went to die.  And sometimes I would sneakly dispose of the older, more weathered projects while cleaning the kitchen. But I really wanted our guys to be part of the decision making process of what stays and what goes.  And I wanted it all off my fridge.


I scoured Pinterest and came up with this combination of curtain rods (IKEA Irja, $2.49 each) and hooks (IKEA Syrlig in White, $3.99 each).  The whole project came in around $20.
How to Create an Easy Kid's Art Display
I sat down with my then 4 year old and went through everything that was hanging on the fridge as well as what we had stashed away from earlier in the year.  He picked his favorite (as well as a couple contributions from his brother).


But here is the real kicker...the next time he brought home a project that he was particularly proud of and wanted to add it to the wall.  I said "Great, let's go choose something to go and this can take it's place."  He looked over his options and chose something chose something he had made earlier in the year.  I explained that I was going to throw it away and he said it was ok.  He even added the new piece to the display himself.


Now, I'm not so delusional to think every time we replace things it will be that easy.  He is 4 after all.  He will probably ask me about that piece in 2 weeks and cry that I threw it away.  But I like the idea that he is choosing what stays and what goes on his own.

Learning to prioritize is a skill.  It is also personal. The piece he chose is one I would have loved to keep. That's not my decision in this case.  I want to give him confidence in his decision making abilities and also teach him that it simply isn't possible to keep everything we make at school (especially in our 1200 square foot house).


Do you have a creative way you display your child's artwork?  Do you have a way you teach them about what you keep, what you dispose of and why? Share in the comments below!


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How to Make an Easy Kid's Art Display
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