What to do with kid art before it gets trashed
Kid art. It’s everywhere. But what do you do with all that kid art if you can’t bring yourself to throw it away?
I have one son in kindergarten and my second son just started preschool, so the amount of kid art coming to our house is intense.
Don’t get me wrong, I love seeing what their little imaginations come up with and how they see the world around them, but the question is what are we supposed to do with all of it? I can’t save it all, but I can’t bring myself to let that art that they are so proud of pass from their little hand into mine and straight to the trashcan.
So I have a little system. Yes, I am an organized nerd. One of my most popular posts was how I organized my whole house room by room! So yes, I kid art system! But it’s easy and it works. Here’s how it goes:
1. Kid art wall
The boys had a big blank white wall in their room, which, as a designery-type person, sort of makes me makes me twitch. So I made it into an art wall.
We screwed cheap, thin cuts of wood onto the wall, painted them and screwed in bulldog clips for easy hanging.
We have used it for all sorts of things from their art to nature posters to images of things of the moment they are really into.
It’s cute how proud they are to see their things hanging on display and I love the way the colors pop on the white wall.
2. Magazine file boxes
The art that doesn’t make the art wall goes into these magazine file boxes I got at Ikea. There is one box for each child and I just plop it in there after he gives me his masterpiece and I’ve oohed and ahhed over it.
Sometimes we send one to grandma and grandpa. Sometimes they sit there waiting to meet the wastebasket at the end of the year. (Don’t feel guilty!).
3. Kid art phone collage
And then there’s one more thing. At the end of the school year I’ve started making a collage of our favorites pieces of art from my phone.
It doesn’t take long and it’s not fancy, but it’s a great way to save all those memories without keeping stacks of bins in the garage.
I take a picture in natural light of each piece and then use one of the free collage apps available to compile them.
I’ve seen some people make posters of them or frame them. I put mine in a yearly photo book.