I have been wanting to do a children’s art wall, since before I was even pregnant with Penelope. It’s one of those things I dreamed and envisioned about how my family home would be for a long time.
I literally started dreaming about my home when I was 5. I remember setting up a fort in my living room, to escape the craziness, and slowly going through a JCPenny catalogue, mentally picking out every thing my future home could ever need.
So to finally have an art wall up, feels so damn good.
I got some inspiration from, you guessed it, Pinterest. I have black frames all over my house and have been itching to do a white framed gallery wall to change it up. This was the perfect opportunity.
But first I had to get things organized.
Her artwork was starting to get out control, since she started going to preschool. I had been putting all her art on a piece of twine with a clothes pin, at the top of her chalkboard wall.
It was an overcrowded mess and you couldn’t really appreciate them all.
I am a classic, sentimental sap and like to save everything from movie ticket stubs to every single card anyone has ever mailed me in my entire life. I still have boxes upon boxes of notes to friends I wrote in high school. I know it will be endless entertainment for me when I am 90. It’s also called hoarding. But since I am so organized, it’s hard to tell that I am hoarder, but I am. Thanks to the book, the The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up: The Japanese Art of Decluttering and Organizing, I realized that I am totally hoarder.
But logistically, I am trying to cut down on the amount of “stuff” I have in my home, so I needed a way to memorialize her art work without having 50 million storage boxes.
So I arranged her artwork in to groups based on the season and time she made them. Then took pictures of them all.
Then neatly put them away, because, see above. Most normal people will chuck after photographing them.
With my favorites, I lined up all the new white frames I bought at Micheal’s and decided which art to go in each frame.
Then framed those bad boys up.
I was torn about where to hang them. My first thought was in the stairway wall, but then I thought they would be nice in her room.
But then I went back to the stairway, it will give me more space to add extra frames as she gets older.
The chalkboard wall will be for her current art, and when it gets full again. I will do this process all over again. Taking pictures of everything, chucking most of it, and framing the best ones.
The ones that make it to a frame will be saved in a plastic storage bin later as I switch them out and will probably be buried with me one day.
I think it could be fun to change out all the pictures around Christmas too, and have all holiday themed art out. But I will probably be to busy (or lazy) to actually get it done.
This blog had several great ideas, like tapping artwork to the back of a garage door and turning artwork into greeting cards.
I also get a Plum Print art book made each year. But I still save the originals. Because I’m crazy like that.
What do you do to organize your kid’s art?