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DIY Children’s Artwork Book

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DIY Children's Artwork Book

DIY Children's Artwork Book

I got this idea from my daughter’s preschool. On the last day of her month of preschool summer camp this summer, she brought home this little book of all the art she did.

I loved it because it archived her art in a way that was easy to store. I have quite the process going on for her art. When it comes home in loose form, I put it up on her chalkboard display wall. Once that is overflowing, it’s time to take pictures of everything, archive the non-special things (which is usually like two pieces that I can stand to throw away) which are stored away in a plastic bin, and then pick my favorites to frame to hang in the stairwell wall display.

BUT the ones in the plastic bin were all different shapes and not stacking well and it was driving me a little batty, even though it was contained in a plastic bin (yes, I realize I have issues). This DIY Artbook is the perfect resolution!

First, I cut out her art and frame up the best parts of the picture.

Then I tape the picture to the card stock or construction paper and arrange them pretty.

For the cover, I used two sheets of construction paper rand stapled it all together. It looks a wee bit ghetto and it would have been nicer to find a larger piece of construction paper, but I couldn’t find any at local craft stores.

Then I added her name and date for a description of the art contained inside.

And, because I am a nut, I also got a coffee table book made from Plum Print.

I am a closet hoarder, what else can I say? 🙂


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  • Sarah
    October 25, 2012 at 4:16 PM

    I love this idea! I am going to have to remember it! What about a piece of poster board for the cover?

  • Michelle
    October 25, 2012 at 8:09 PM

    Maybe next time go to local butcher or local newspaper and ask for a remnant roll , even more space for her to do some artwork on!

  • Ashley
    October 26, 2012 at 2:17 PM

    I have an app called ArtKive that I plan on using to archive artwork, i believe you can also get a book make through them as well!

  • Karen
    October 26, 2012 at 5:16 PM

    I had to do something to avoid the fire hazard that was Ian’s art, so I started scanning it and putting it up on his blog. Which I then have turned into a book. He gets to keep his art, I get to keep my sanity. 🙂

    • Stephanie
      October 28, 2012 at 3:26 PM

      Lol. Totally. I think the artwork organization is constantly going to be a work in progress. I have things under control now, but she hasn’t been in preschool very long. It will be funny to see what I am doing when she is in third grade.

  • Treehuggz
    October 26, 2012 at 11:43 PM

    Great idea! Thanks!!! 🙂