Do you remember the first time your little person drew you a picture? I sure do. I treasured those first drawings like they were unmitigated masterpieces – in fact I’m pretty sure I still have them all tucked away in my big girls memory box.
At the time I remember getting a few ‘knowing’ looks from other mums. The expressions on their faces said ‘oh you wait there will be a million of those everyday soon’. I may have even been a little horrified when they told me they put their kids pictures on the fridge for the day and then secretly binned them to make room for the next days onslaught.
Oh but how you live and learn. Now, eight years later I’ve joined the ranks of the knowing mums. With my three growing girls has come a constant stream of artwork and each one has been a masterpiece in its creators eyes. Below is a few ideas I’ve come up with to deal with the artistic invasion.
Sourcing some old frames and turning some of the kids art-work into permanent features is an awesome idea. I started dreaming about doing this years ago – inspired by the pictures that hung on the walls in Ray and Debra’s bedroom in Every Body Loves Ray. It’s not hard to keep an eye-out for cheaply priced frames. You can get them on sale, on ebay, at garage sales or steal them from your friends and relatives. It’s a creative and fun way to decorate the kids playroom and frankly I really like the look.
Making Picture Books
My girls all love a good old painting session – they’ve spent hours sitting at our kitchen table churning out paintings. By the end of the session I can be left with 50 pictures dotted all around the house drying. A few years into this procedure I discovered a fun way to deal with the fallout of ‘painting time’. Make a book. Get the kids to organise the picture into a sequence and staple the pages together down one side. Then you can sit down with the kids and get them to explain what’s happening in the pictures and write the wording. Trust me they love it when you read their own stories back to them. As my big girl has now learned to write she does most of the scribing these days.
This idea is especially good for those big pictures that tend to come home from kinder. Save them. Maybe put them on the wall for a week or two and then take them down and neatly fold them up. You can use them to wrap presents for friends and family. Older people tend to get a bit of a kick out of seeing their gifts wrapped in paintings and the kids love knowing they’ve contributed to the process a little more than usual. It also never fails to get a conversation started at present giving time. I have a small stash of suitable pictures in my box of wrappings and cards.
The Gallery Wall
Our play-room walls are never bare. But recently I was inspired to actually create a gallery wall. The big girls do A LOT of art at school and they’re not at all keen on having their masterpieces thrown out. With the help of some of Scotch’s new double-sided Restickable Tabs I was able to put this one together very easily. The pictures hang beautifully flat and because they are reusable I can change them around as new things come home. (You just wash them in soapy water, air dry them and hey presto they’re sticky again!) It works a treat – as long as you use enough to hold the weight of the picture. I put mine up on a super hot day and did have to got back to add some additional patches to make the heavier pieces stay put. I think you’ll agree our playroom wall looks all kinds of awesome. Scotch’s Restickable Tabs are available from Bunnings and Officeworks at a RRP for $4.95 and come in a variety of sizes and styles.
Scotch Tape Restickables are sponsoring this post and they have provided me with twenty trial packs to giveaway. Tell me your own ideas for creatively dealing with the overflow of kids artwork. The first 19 answers will get a sample set so you can make your own gallery wall. The best answer as judged by myself will win a four pack to keep you going all year! Giveaway is open until the 31st of January – just in time to start dealing with the onslaught of artwork from school and kinder 🙂
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