Some creative ways to deal with the endless stream of kids artwork. (Sponsored by Scotch Restickables + giveaway)

January 14, 2013 · 58 comments

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.

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Framing Pictures:
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.

Wrapping paper
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.

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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.

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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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1 Renee January 30, 2013 at 10:04 am

After the artwork has been on the fridge for a while and the fridge is bursting with it, i tell my son that i send it to his aunties and uncles in england. The truth is though, i keep extra special pieces and store them, all the rest i bin because there are just too many.

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2 Melissa Te Whata January 28, 2013 at 5:23 pm

I normally keep the really awesome ones on the fridge and the rest I save to wrap up family members birthday presents.

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3 Jody Jamieson January 17, 2013 at 6:55 pm

we have framed there best work and its in dads office as he loves the colour around him we hang them on the fridge and we make books with there work as well the kids love doing this as it keeps them busy and they can sit and turn the pages and look back as they grow the kids love them stuck to the cork boards in there rooms and often change them its all good fun and we even recycle the throw away as we carnt keep it all and the kids join in then get to re=use there paper and press flowers and things to make cards and letters

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4 Jody Jamieson January 17, 2013 at 6:56 pm
5 Sarah Morrison January 17, 2013 at 12:08 am

We have a few folders in the cupboard and always save my daughters best pics to place in there and use a different one for each year. It’s one of those massive folders that you use a hole puncher for to keeps the pics in.

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6 Sara Hayward January 16, 2013 at 10:44 pm

Mum made “memories” boxes” for all us kids to put all our crazy creations in. We kept them in order of what year we’re in and it’s so cool to go back and walk through my own life and remember how I used to feel when I was 6, 8, 10 etc. We would keep anything that was important to us that year in it: paintings, stories, movie or concert tickets, special cards. Now my treasure box is my most cherished possession!

Whatever you do though, DON’T throw them out!

Just the other night my parents brought out an entire collection of the artwork that we’d made for them over the years. It was such an amazing, hilarious time going through them and we were all baffled by what weird kids we must have been. Keeping them was worth it just for that one special night!

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7 lynne lillington January 16, 2013 at 9:01 pm

I used Christmas Card chains and clip each on .They look decorative and I can also hang objects they make.

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8 Colleen Stewart January 16, 2013 at 3:30 pm

Oh No not one of the 1st nineteen to comment…loved the post anyway and some great artwork..got some ideas from them. No computer time for a couple for days as having grandsons stay…House a total mess…nanna exhausted having ‘time out’ on the computer!..Now for a ‘Nanna Nap’ well earned!

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9 Shayne D January 15, 2013 at 12:36 pm

My place is home to a very prolific artist too – my 6 year old daughter. We struggle with this issue every day but have found a solution in a Graphic Art Folio which I found at K-Mart (very affordable at only $7) and use to store the larger masterpieces. I also have a box for the smaller pieces.

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10 Angela Benson January 15, 2013 at 7:00 am

Our garage has become an art gallery. Grandparents also love to receive our little Picasso’s art pieces. Our favorites are photograped and kept in a photo album.

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11 Rachael Rowberry January 14, 2013 at 11:22 pm

I like putting all my favourites together in a large collage picture then scanning it small so it can be printed into a big frame.

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12 Sharon January 14, 2013 at 9:59 pm

I have sent “excess” art to other relatives with the words “From little-known artist, (name)” and the date on the back. It has always been well received and my kids love having a thank you note come back. The rest we display for ‘that amount of time’ and then they are put into a lever-arch file for keeping until they are 21 when they will again be the proud owners of wondrous and magical art. (Except for a bunch I have claimed forever!)

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13 Carolyn January 14, 2013 at 9:40 pm

The best ones get displayed on their art hangers that I made them in their rooms and on the fridge. Every couple of weeks I take them down and paste them into their scrapbooks and hang their new ones up. The artworks that don’t make it to display are carefully recycled so as not to offend the artist! I also write my childrens names and ages on all their artwork as it gets so hard to remember how old they were when they did it and also who did it!

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14 Keren January 14, 2013 at 3:32 pm

I hang them on a string washing line diagonally across their bedrooms for display. Then each month take photos of their artwork and the master pieces they make, and make a photo montage of each month and print off as a photo. Need to get around to compiling each month and years photos to make each child a book of their masterpieces, a keepsake for us and them.

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15 corrie January 14, 2013 at 2:51 pm

having 4 boys who always have some form of artwork in their bags..we use it in a few different ways….
1. wrapping paper – we use it for everyone from kids to adults.
2. we send it to Aunties, uncles, grandparents who then proudly display them on the fridge for the next time we visit!
3. we stick them into scrap books. so then all the arteork for that child is in one spot and in some form of date/age organise sequence!

great to read everyone elses ideas.
love corrie. xx

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16 Tracy January 14, 2013 at 1:40 pm

My son took a photo of his school award and set it as a background on my mobile.

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17 Kathryn Cavalieri January 14, 2013 at 1:38 pm

I like to file my daughters art work in Months and then at the end of the year I pick 1 or 2 of my favourite and recycle the rest

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18 Melissa O January 14, 2013 at 1:37 pm

Stick it with scotchtape and alfoil for a fun sparky boarder

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19 Natalie Stoute January 14, 2013 at 1:37 pm

We stick them all over the sliding door and windows. Saves me cleaning the windows lol!

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20 Caz January 14, 2013 at 1:56 pm

Hi there, as you’re one of the first nineteen to respond to my post about Restickables from Scotch I can send you a sample set. Please email me your details so I can send it out. thetruthaboutmummy@gmail.com Thanks, Caz

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21 Lady Tiffany January 14, 2013 at 1:17 pm

We frame the good ones and put them up in the kids rooms….changing them over when another masterpiece is complete

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22 Caz January 14, 2013 at 1:28 pm

Hi there, as you’re one of the first nineteen to respond to my post about Restickables from Scotch I can send you a sample set. Please email me your details so I can send it out. thetruthaboutmummy@gmail.com Thanks, Caz

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23 Kris Dickens January 14, 2013 at 12:52 pm

I ask the kids to pick some of their favourites and I laminate them to use as placemats

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24 Caz January 14, 2013 at 1:28 pm

Hi there, as you’re one of the first nineteen to respond to my post about Restickables from Scotch I can send you a sample set. Please email me your details so I can send it out. thetruthaboutmummy@gmail.com Thanks, Caz

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25 suzanne January 14, 2013 at 11:53 am

making a craft book and stick photos etc in the books and sticking your favourite photos and drawings on the fridge or creativing a picture frame.

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26 Caz January 14, 2013 at 1:26 pm

Hi there, as you’re one of the first nineteen to respond to my post about Restickables from Scotch I can send you a sample set. Please email me your details so I can send it out. thetruthaboutmummy@gmail.com Thanks, Caz

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27 Nicola Pengilly January 14, 2013 at 11:29 am

I kept them in a file and rotated them onto a pinboard for a week each, then sadly recycled all but the most special each year. I have a couple framed. Mine kids are teenagers now – trust me, you will have to be ruthless. Same with the box ‘sculptures’ from pre-school…:)

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28 Caz January 14, 2013 at 1:26 pm

Hi there, as you’re one of the first nineteen to respond to my post about Restickables from Scotch I can send you a sample set. Please email me your details so I can send it out. thetruthaboutmummy@gmail.com Thanks, Caz

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29 Rachelle January 14, 2013 at 10:59 am

I painted a wall in my playroom with metalic paint so I could hang all art work with magnets. We made magnets from old art work and magnets that came free from advertising. We also had a pin up wall made from a piece of packing foam covered in fabric behind the kitchen door. I used some of the art work as scrapbooking pages and put photos of the kids on the pages and slid them into the plastic covers. I saved the very special ones in a plastic container along with their report cards and other special documents for when they are older.

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30 Caz January 14, 2013 at 1:25 pm

Hi there, as you’re one of the first nineteen to respond to my post about Restickables from Scotch I can send you a sample set. Please email me your details so I can send it out. thetruthaboutmummy@gmail.com Thanks, Caz

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31 Carly W January 14, 2013 at 10:21 am

I too take photos of the artwork … and then I have a ‘slideshow’ as a screen saver on my PC and Laptop .. and also we have them on a digital photo frame.

I do stick them to the fridge for a while … and then replace when a new masterpiece arrives. But I always have that satisfaction of having them as a photo file.

xoxox Carly
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32 Caz January 14, 2013 at 1:23 pm

Hi there, as you’re one of the first nineteen to respond to my post about Restickables from Scotch I can send you a sample set. Please email me your details so I can send it out. thetruthaboutmummy@gmail.com Thanks, Caz

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33 Tanya Berglund January 14, 2013 at 9:52 am

My Miss 6 and Miss 5 are always asking to stick their artwork up someplace, and the fridge can only hold so much… as their cupboard doors are old and need replacing I’ve let them use double sided tape to stick them up and Miss six has a Gallery going on. Blue-tac doesn’t work because the girls end up taking it off and playing with it like play-doh. Would love to win some of these tabs.

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34 Caz January 14, 2013 at 1:23 pm

Hi there, as you’re one of the first nineteen to respond to my post about Restickables from Scotch I can send you a sample set. Please email me your details so I can send it out. thetruthaboutmummy@gmail.com Thanks, Caz

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35 Tania Lynch January 14, 2013 at 9:09 am

I have a folder for awards,a folder for artwork,and boxes full from all the years.I just cannot bear to part with them and I love looking back on the journey through all the masterpieces.They all get a couple of weeks display time,I have made 2 shelves for them in my living area.I’m thinking I might print some of them to T-shirts or pillow cases one day.

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36 Caz January 14, 2013 at 1:22 pm

Hi there, as you’re one of the first nineteen to respond to my post about Restickables from Scotch I can send you a sample set. Please email me your details so I can send it out. thetruthaboutmummy@gmail.com Thanks, Caz
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37 Michelle van Schouwen January 14, 2013 at 8:47 am

I put lots of the artwork into display folders for each of the kids because I love looking back on what they have done and so do the kids. I also take photos of their best work and put them on Facebook to share with family and friends. Others go on the fridge if they are not ones I want to keep forever as they tend to get damaged on there! I am thinking of using some on the front cover of my son’s books for school this year. He is a bit of an artist and has some great army tank pictures he’d be proud to show off to his classmates.

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38 Caz January 14, 2013 at 8:52 am

Hi Michelle, thanks for the comment. Email me your address to thetruthaboutmummy@gmail.com and I’ll send you out your sample 🙂 Caz
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39 Sara January 14, 2013 at 8:42 am

I strings hanging across the tops of the wall and attach artwork with nice clips.

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40 Caz January 14, 2013 at 8:51 am

Hi Sara, thanks for the comment. Email me your address to thetruthaboutmummy@gmail.com and I’ll send you out your sample 🙂 Caz

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41 Kylie B January 14, 2013 at 8:34 am

We take photos and videos of everything and then these are put on a disk at the end of the year as a slide show/montage. We also laminated the favorites and use some of these as placemats. Also we give them to grandparents, aunties and uncles.

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42 Caz January 14, 2013 at 8:39 am

Hi Kylie, love the placemat idea. Send me your addy ( thetruthaboutmumy@gmail.com) and I’ll send you a sample pack 🙂

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43 Bridget Herbert January 14, 2013 at 8:29 am

I have a scrap book that a lot of my kids paintings and drawings are in……BUT the best would have to be transfering them on to plastic melamine dinner plates they look awesome and you will have them forever…..Cost a little but well worth it in the end.

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44 Caz January 14, 2013 at 8:32 am

Hi Bridget, send me your address ( thetruthaboutmummy@gmail.com ) and I’ll send you the sample pack. Caz
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45 Kim m January 14, 2013 at 8:26 am

I love hanging up the ones they love the best and taking photos of them holding the others!

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46 Caz January 14, 2013 at 8:31 am

Hi Kim, send me your address ( thetruthaboutmummy@gmail.com ) and I’ll send you the sample pack. Caz

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47 Cristina Bowers January 14, 2013 at 8:18 am

I’m at the start of my artwork journey and so far I’ve only used the fridge! Great blog for some inspiration for me.

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48 Caz January 14, 2013 at 8:30 am

Hi Cristina, send me your address ( thetruthaboutmummy@gmail.com ) and I’ll send you the sample pack to get started with 🙂 Caz

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49 Cristina Bowers January 14, 2013 at 8:47 am

Perfect! Thank you.
I like the wrapping paper idea someone posted too!

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50 Amelia January 14, 2013 at 8:02 am

I keep my favourites and scan them into a folder on the computer to save them forever along with their childhood photos. We also have a “picture of the week” frame for each child in the playroom where they get to display a different piece of artwork each week. I also have a small home laminator that I use to preserve some of the best ones and I stick them on the kitchen cupboards (because our fridge is covered in family photos!) and they really brighten up the kitchen and make me smile when I walk in there, even at 6am before I’ve had my coffee 🙂

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51 Caz January 14, 2013 at 8:17 am

Thanks Amelia, email me your address and I’ll send out your sample thetruthaboutmummy@gmail.com Caz
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52 Mums Take Five January 14, 2013 at 7:44 am

Some i take photos of and then “file” the original in the recycling. I keep a folder on my desktop so we can look at all the beautiful work done.
Some we send to Grandparents – thats what they are for right?!
My Sons bedroom is desperate for a paint so until then i cover them in his artwork.
I’m not fussed about my walls i stick stuff to them all the time and paint doesnt come off. why not show them off they love seeing it up and its only for a very short time in their lives that they want to flood you pictures.
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53 Caz January 14, 2013 at 8:16 am

Thanks Mum Takes Five, email me your address and I’ll send out your sample thetruthaboutmummy@gmail.com Caz
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54 Michelle V January 14, 2013 at 7:44 am

I too use some of their artwork as wrapping paper for gifts. It looks great, and is a great way to recycle! And you can make gift tags too, for any occasion!
I also store their artwork in pillowcases; it keeps it neat, and saves heaps of space. Try it if you haven’t yet! (I picked up a few pillowcases from my local St Vinnies for a couple of dollars; no need for new ones, and once again, you are recycling!)
I display some of their work throughout the house too. I bought some cheap wooden frames from the local Reject Shop, and painted them in really bright hues. They look beautiful with the kids’ drawings in them.
I have also decided (with my second daughter starting school this year), that I will take photo’s of their work, then at the end of the year, I will have them printed into a softcover book through snapfish or something. That will save alot of space.
But these products look like a great idea for displaying their masterpieces!!

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55 Shelly B January 14, 2013 at 8:14 am

Lovely ideas. We send our overflow to granny and grandpa who live in another state. They love the mail and we love sending it 🙂

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56 Caz January 14, 2013 at 8:15 am

Hi Michelle and Shelly, email me your address and I’ll send out your sample thetruthaboutmummy@gmail.com Caz
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57 Angie Boylan January 14, 2013 at 7:39 am

The really good ones, that I love are kept, though are gone through often to ensure only the best are kept. Some are stuck on the fridge for a short period but ALL including the huge box construction which comes home and takes up half the carport ….. are captured in a photo before being recycled. It’s a sad fact that every single one can’t be kept but, if I did, I would end up on one of those crazy people that hoard shows!

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58 Caz January 14, 2013 at 8:04 am

Thanks Angie, email me your address and I’ll send out your sample 🙂 thetruthaboutmummy@gmail.com Caz
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