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Top Ways To Display Your Kids' Artwork

Before starting a family, you might have been dubious about how parents show enthusiasm for their children’s artwork … and then you saw your little one’s first attempt at hand-painting, the dog picture (which you mistook for a drawing of a house), or a single squiggle which is apparently meant to be you.

So how should you display these proud moments? There may be a lot at times, but it’s great for both you and your children to see their best artwork proudly displayed.

1. Gallery Wall

By carefully spacing frames out, a gallery wall can turn part of your house into a mini gallery, and there are heaps of options for how to present it: You could get matching evenly-spaced frames, mismatched frames that are all painted the same colour, or choose contrasting-but-complimentary frames. Rather than just putting them up haphazardly, make sure you test out the composition of frames on the floor, or make mock-ups out of tracing paper/baking parchment in order to find the ideal spacing.

2. Clipboard Wall

One of the most affordable options, a clipboard wall looks amazing, but is easy to put together: The biggest challenge is measuring to ensure they’re all evenly spaced! Make sure you get a clipboard with a hole which you can use to hook onto the nail, and test to see how strong the clip is – if you want to hang the pictures at an accessible height, be extra sure that you don’t buy a sharp metal clipboard that could catch little fingers. If in doubt, make sure only adults are in charge of official picture hanging duties.

3. Pegs

If you have a prolific artist in the house, you might want a way to access paintings and add new ones more than framing will allow. The easiest way to do this, is by using clothes pegs clipped to a string or wire frame. The bonus is that your children can hang the pictures themselves (as long as the paint is dry!)

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4. Picture Ledge

To avoid the bother of making holes in the wall for individual frames, you can consider using a picture ledge to hold frames. This makes it easier to handle pictures without the worry of putting them back up, and allows paintings to stand alongside favourite books, and small toys.

5. Cork board

Want the visual impact of a frame without the glass? You can either buy cork boards with elaborate frames, or take the glass out from picture frames and replace the backing with cork. This makes it quick and easy to update the ‘wall of fame’ for your children’s pictures, without the hassle.

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6. Printed book

For special occasions, such as when your little one is moving into ‘big school’ for the first time, or celebrating a particular birthday, it can be surprisingly affordable to get pictures printed in a real book from places like snapfish or pixa prints! It’ll be something you can look at for years to come, seeing how far they’ve come, or celebrating their artistic talents from an early age!

7. Tape/decal frames

If you like the modern look, consider buying picture frame decals, or make your own with brightly coloured washi tape. You can make the designs as complicated or as simple as you want, with even a bit of tape in each corner looking good once you hang them all. This is a great one if you worry about regular frames being knocked off the wall.

8. Curtain Rail

The more formal version of number 2, a curtain rail can make a great picture gallery: You can hang it at whatever height you choose, and can buy curtain hooks with mini clips (IKEA do great ones) to attach pictures. Very artistic!

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9. Magnetic Board

It’s a classic for a reason – using magnets to pin pictures to the fridge or a magnetic board means that they’re quick to put up/take down, and there’s no need to make holes in them. To keep them safe, pick up some magnetic frames to slip the pictures into.

10. Collage Print

Are hundreds of A4 size pictures taking up slightly too much wallspace? By scanning or photographing your favourites, you can turn your child’s paintings into a custom printed poster, turning artwork into a real work of art. If you don’t fancy your skills at putting this together yourself, there are also companies who can professionally scan your drawings, and return the originals along with the finished print.

So what are your favourite ways to display pictures? Do you like to use elaborate frames, or simply stick the up with a bit of washi-tape? We'd love to hear.


About the Author

Emily is our Digital Editor. She has three awesome nieces, and has accidentally worn the same outfit as them on at least one occasion. Emily likes making things, including hand-drawn cards, and a darn good chocolate cake. She still sounds very English, despite living in Dublin for the last nine years. More insight into the workings of her brain can be found on dancingcakesandsilence.blogspot.com.

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