Thursday, November 8, 2012

Thursday Three: Things to Do with ALL that Artwork

By Katie

We have a lot of "artwork" at our house. With one kid in pre-K and another in Kindergarten, we see a steady stream of coloring pages, watercolor paintings and sheets of construction paper with cotton balls glued into seasonal shapes. Don't get me wrong - they are all beautiful works of art. There are just so many of them!


Our take on an average day
So I've been trying to get creative (read: not throw them away) so when my kids get too cool for crayons and macaroni noodles, I have proof that they were once adorable, marker-loving little ones.

Every now and then I come across something they've done that really makes me smile, like the drawing I have here that my stepson did. Done in basic ballpoint pen, it shows both of his houses and his dad's car in between. When I told him how much I liked it, he said "I did it wrong. My mom's house has too many stairs." I guess that means I get to keep it though.

For the rest of you drowning in a sea of school art projects, here are some tips on how to preserve that art and keep your kitchen counters clutter- (er, artwork) free.

  1. Make a scrapbook. If you enjoy scrapbooking, double win. If you don't have the time or patience for a proper scrapbook, buy a three-ring binder, punch holes in the artwork and voila! The point here is to organize everything to one central spot. It also makes it easy for your kids (and you) to flip through the artwork when they are older.
  2. Frame it. So this won't actually solve much of your problem, but it is a good idea for posterity's sake. Dig through the pile of items and pick out the ones that speak the most to your child's personality. Consider a few for the house, and some for your office. You do not have to spend a lot on frames because the artwork will be the highlight.
  3. Give it away. Think of the other adults in your child's life that might enjoy a piece of original artwork. Consider grandparents, aunts/uncles and even elderly neighbors or church members. While you are probably immune to the cute factor that accompanies this art, it will be a new experience for these other people. When my mom came to visit a few weeks ago, I loaded her down with some artwork for the road. Share your surplus -- and clear off some counterspace in the process.

You can contact Katie by emailing her at katie@mumblingmommy.com.

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2 comments:

  1. Good ideas. I copied something I saw recently in blogger Beth's house: put a long length of clothesline or some type of rope/string along a wall and hang art projects with clothespins.

    You still have to weed out art from time to time, but it gives you a temporary display space. You might even be able to see your refrigerator again.

    Beth's "art gallery" is in a main floor hallway. We don't have any long halls in our house, so I hung ours on a long, mostly bare wall in our basement playroom.

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  2. I've also seen friends take photos of their child holding up the artwork so you have a record of the project and the age/stage of the child all in one! Works well with those larger bulky items...re: cotton balls! Then you can discreetly dispose of them when your collection overflows!

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