Tuesday, October 27, 2009

Fun Ways to Display Your Child's Art



Hi everyone! I'm back! I bought a 2005 HP with Windows XP for $250 from the computer guys that worked on my dead computer. I did go to Best Buy and I thought about getting a brand new one with Windows 7, but I never really liked Vista so I wasn't sure I'd like the new Windows product. I don't need a whole lot of bells and whistles anyway. Plus this was a totally unexpected expense so I didn't want to spend a whole lot. So far so good! I do miss my Windows Photo Gallery program, I don't really like Picassa but I'm getting used to it.




So today I thought I'd share a couple ideas for displaying your children's art work. Long time readers of my blog know that my daughter is an artist/filmmaker. She actually wants to make animated films (she's 17 btw). Here's some of her framed art that we hung in the hallway.





We've always grouped her art together. When we homeschooled we had a huge bulletin board that displayed her art. It was always a rotating gallery! It looked sort of like this.




Photo credit: CafeMom


We also used to have "art shows" for the Grandparents! Which were fun and made her feel very important. We used to put the cards she would make for us on the fridge instead of her art (easier to remove those when the occasion was over - less questions~smile).


Here are some other fun ideas! I have a friend who did this in her little girls playroom.




Photo Credit: The Style Files


She just used clothes line and clothespins. I believe that above they used a curtain wire. Like this one from IKEA Deka Curtain Wire


How cute is this and easy to make yourself!




Kid's Wood Works


Use barrel clips, a board, some rub on letters (or paint your kid's name) to make this at home! I think this would be a cute gift to make for someone too .



Even now we rotate her art. We take what's in the frame out and put something new in. She keeps all of her art work in a large portfolio now. But when she was little we used to keep them in a box. When she was about 10 we bought her a trunk (those inexpensive trunks that all stores have at the beginning of the school year) and that's where we keep all the things we think she might want later including her earlier art, favorite children's books, special toys etc. You can also take digital photos of their art work if you are really limited in storage space.



Kids really like it when you frame their art! You can find inexpensive frames at any thriftstore or garage sale or paint some frames on the wall like in the photo below.




Photo Credit:San Francisco Chronicle



Now for my Mom Brag! My daughter got into her number 1 college of choice - The Savannah College of Art and Design (SCAD) in Atlanta! She's graduating High School early (this December) and will be taking some classes at Kennesaw State University in January. She'll start SCAD in September 2010! We're so proud of her!



46 comments:

southerninspiration said...

I can see WHY she got into SCAD....what talent! congrats!!! We are on the college hunt, too!
She is so talented and does gorgeous work!

Lucky you!
Suzanne

Lisa said...

Congratulations to your daughter! She is definitely talented....I love the violin sketch.

The Thrifty Countrywoman said...

What a talented young lady! Good ideas too! Hope you like the new computer!

Jane

Brenda@CoffeeTeaBooks said...

Congratulations to you daughter!

As a homeschooling mom, I know that you feel you have been given a pat on the back when your child does well academically.

I can't tell you how relieved I was when Christopher was accepted by the University. Everything we needed to "fill in" his education was available through the community college.

Lorrie said...

Your daughter has wonderful talent. Congratulations to her on the college acceptance, too!

You must be very proud of her abilities.

Lorrie

Brenda @Cozy Little House said...

What a talented artist you have there! I'm so glad she got into the college of her choice. These are great ideas. For me, it will be my almost six year old grandson's art. The granddaughter is not yet one years old, so it will be awhile for her.
Brenda

Shilo said...

Congratulations to your daughter and to you! Wonderful!
My favorite was the curtain wire...that would be so perfect for my four year old and his prolific art collection. I want my fridge back! :)
Have a great day!
Shilo

Glenda/MidSouth said...

Congratulations to your daughter! She is very talented! I know you are proud.
I have a free upgrade to Win7 on my laptop, but have not switched over yet. I understand I will have to start over on photo & email software - not sure I am ready for that. I also have and like Win. Photo Gallery.
Raining & gray here - again.
Glenda

Kathy @ Creative Home Expressions said...

She's very talented, Manuela! I love how you have the Absolutely Fabulous sign over her work. When my kids were in school I used to make a big deal over their art work ~ framing it, showing it off. You could see on their faces how pleased they were!

Kara Ward said...

Oh, these is perfect. The display is lovely. I love children's artwork on all levels. I save it, frame it, and cherish it.

Jillian, Inc said...

Love the art display ideas. I am a art dealer / designer in Atlanta and also have a production shop where we make hand-made custom frames (not stock molding). I have two SCAD graduates working for me.

glorv1 said...

Manuela, congrat to your daughter. She's very talented. Hope you enjoy your new computer. Have a great rest of the week.

Norma Lee @ Norma Lee Good said...

Your daughter is very talented!!! {I would so be creating an Etsy account for her!} I love how you framed them It really personalizes your home!! Beautiful!

Angie said...

Congrats to your daughter! I know she is so excited. I'll have to use some of these great ideas to display my son's artwork. Have a great day!

Rhonda in OK said...

Congratulations to your DD, and to you and your hubby for the good raising you did.

santamaker said...

Congrats to your daughter and to the two of you for fostering her love of art. How wonderful that she'll be close by. (Bonus!)

Laurie Anne said...

Welcome back!! and thank you for stopping in and leaving me sweet comments...I love to get them as they help brighten my day.
Congrats to your daughter! I can see she is quite the artist and the school will be lucky to have her.
Thank you for posting art display ideas...they are quite clever and simple!
Have a great day! xx

Colleen said...

Your daughter is SO talented! As her mother I know you are honored to hang her beautiful artwork in your home. Thanks for the awesome ideas!

Nadine said...

What beautiful artwork - congratulations to your daughter!

Blessings!
~Nadine

Marti @ The Next Fifty Years said...

Congratulations to your talented daughter! I don't like picasa either and am using PhotoFiltre. It has a lot of options.

She'sSewPretty said...

Congratulations to your daughter Manuela!! Art school was always a dream of mine. She is certainly talented! She has a whimsical style to her paintings. I love the violin sketch!

Tracy @ Comfort and Luxury said...

Congrats to your daughter. How exciting for her!
My daughter is an art history major in her sophomore year at a local college hoping to transfer to a school up north next fall. I have several of her works (from grade school thru last semester) here in my office. Throughout her childhood, we provided all kinds of spaces around the house for her art. The best displays though were on the wires in her room, similar to the example you show here, because they were always changing and layered and represented what was most important to her, not just her proud parents. She lives out on her own now, with similarly creative roommates and their house is like a colorful, bohemian art gallery.

Lee Laurie said...

Your daughter is so talented! Her work is amazing! I am so glad that she got accepted by her first choice! She really desserves it.
I'm also glad that you got another computer. Thanks for all of the ideas on displaying children's art.

Hugs,
Lee Laurie

Kathleen Grace said...

I absolutely adore childrens art! Your daughter is so talented, congratulations to her on getting her school of choice:>)

Richella said...

Oh, Manuela, congratulations to your daughter! How wonderful!! And GOOD FOR YOU to brag a little about her--that way we can all be happy along with you. It's always so good to hear good news!

Julie Harward said...

You should be proud of her..she is a fabulous little artist...my daughter also is very good, she went on and graduated in graphic art and loves it! Good ideas..thanks you!
Come say hi :D

Beth said...

The apple doesn't fall far from the tree! Your daughter is so talented. I'll have to do a post on how I have displayed Madison's artwork. I'm not sure who is more proud....her or me :)

Stacey said...

Your daughter's artwork is fabulous!! She is going to go far with her talent. Tell her congratulations on getting into the college of her choice. I know that took alot of sacrifice on her part and now she will reap the benefits.

Way to go to you too, Mom, for encouraging her to live our her dreams and to work hard for them!

Simply Heart And Home said...

Congratulations to your daughter. Her pictures are beautiful!

Manuela said...

Congratulations to your daughter. Her work is amazing! She will go far!
Thanks for giving me some ideas on how to display kids art.

Your recipe binder on your previous post shows a page that I thought was MY binder. I have that same page from Family Cirle - I even mae the galette recipe a couple of weeks ago. What a coincidence.

Ally0005 said...

Congratulations to your daughter. I have always wanted to go there!!!!

I did the same thing as your friend for her kids art in my kids playroom. Love it!!

Hope you are staying dry, I got soaked taking Anna to guitar. Now they are talking about rain on Halloween, I hope not.

Ally

Cindy said...

How wonderful for your daughter! She's obviously very artistic and talented (wonder where she gets that!) Love all your ideas for displaying kids artwork too.

I nominated you for an award (one I see you've received before, but I love to draw attention to blogs I love).
http://cottageinstincts.blogspot.com/2009/10/actually-now-i-got-somethina-sweet.html
peace.

Janean said...

what a good mommy! your display inspires the artist and give confidence. i know because my mom did the same for me.

Marcia said...

What great ideas for kids art. Much better than the refrigerator like I do so often :-) My second son is very artistic too, and thought he would go into computer animation. He got a certificate from a local college for completing their program. Then he took an English Lit class and decided to become an English major and teach. Go figure!
Blessings,
Marcia

Camille said...

Congratualtions to your daughter! What an exciting time! I read somewhere that Thomas Kinkade's mom used to display his art when he was growing up...who knows?? Maybe we will all know your daughter's name...one day! :) She is very talented...love your ideas for displaying the never ending supply of art!

Blessings,
Camille

Gracie said...

Nice idea to have all that framed. I used to have a clipboard in my daughter's room to fix all her drawings.
My daughter to attended artistic high school, now she's at the uni, history art (modern and contemporary).

rockytopmom said...

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Lu Anne

Mimi Sue said...

Congratulations. Looks like she got some of her talent from her mama. Mimi

laurie @ bargain hunting said...

You have reason to be proud! What an accomplished young lady she is already! Some day, when she's famous, I hope I'm still around to say I first saw her work on her mother's blog. Great ideas in this post. laurie

diXymiss said...

Congratulations to talented daughter and her proud parents! What eXciting times lie ahead. ThanX for sharing the artwork display ideas.

Storybook Woods said...

Wow, just beautiful. Your daughter is soo talented. Clarice

june@craftyniche said...

Big CONGRATULATIONS to your daughter! I know you and your hubby are so proud of her! :)

Marianna said...

Manuela,

Congrats to your daughter. She is very talented.

I like your ideas for displaying kids work...

Erica said...

Congrats to your daughter!!! SCAD is an awesome school. Best wishes to her!

love the blog!

Anny said...

What great ideas!

Julie said...

These are wonderful ideas!

Your daughter is VERY talented. That is wonderful that she got into SCAD. Congratulations to her. A friend of mines daughter is going to SCAD in Savannah right now and loves it!

Julie =)