Room Accessories: Creative Ways To Display Artwork
Just when you thought your house had returned to its tidy self after the chaos of the school holidays, you empty your child's schoolbag at the end of each day only to find? More artwork than you could ever imagine possible!
From simple pencil lines on tiny pieces of paper to glitter-adorned collages, and from carefully crafted and coloured-in cards to plastic bottles with tissue paper shapes glued upon them.
You have to lovingly display each and every item in prominent positions around your home. Admittedly, I, Rachel, have been known to sneakily drop the odd one in the recycling bin, but I always find wall space for favourites.
I'm not a person who can breathe easily when surrounded by clutter and lots of pieces of paper pinned up everywhere so I like to frame a few and swap them for new ones every couple of months. I do let the boys have free rein in their own rooms, though don't worry.
In case you're looking for some new ideas for displaying your own child's precious drawings, here's what we do with them in our house.
First up, I try to mix and match them with my favourite home accessories and put them up on a shelf in the living room. It's a happy coincidence that I love black and white vases and my five year old is drawn to black paint.
I also like to pop them in a frame. One, because it looks nicer, and two, because it makes the boys feel really proud of themselves. I mostly use GLTC's 3D art frames which are held together by magnets and don't have any glass. See how the butterfly wings stand out ...
VARIATIONS ON A THEME
I also used the art frames for this trio of leaves. They were a true family effort - my seven year old cut, I arranged, and my five year old glued. I like the 3D effect of the leaves because there's no glass to flatten them.
If I know I've got wall space for a drawing, painting or collage, I sometimes 'commission' the boys to make something for me. 'Use all the blues that you can find', or, 'cut and glue shapes that are the colour of autumn'. They like the challenge and the results are always fun.
MINI GALLERY WALL
Gallery walls continue to be hugely popular in interiors (there are over 622k images tagged with #gallerywall on Instagram), but how about a mini version above your desk, in the corner of the kitchen or even to brighten up a bathroom wall?
I used a photo frame set to create a gallery wall of my children's artwork above the writing bureau in the corner of our living room. Much better than looking at a white wall when sitting down to work, or do homework, right?
My seven year old pins his favourite drawings and creations to his cloud notice board which sits just above the sofa seat of his high sleeper bed. He likes the ease of being able to change what's on there. The written note? That's his letter to Father Christmas. Penned in August. How many times do you think his list will change between now and December?
WASHI TAPE WALL
My five year old takes a more traditional stance and uses washi tape to hang his artwork on his bedroom wall. There's a small section of wall behind his door with mountains painted upon it and strips of Lego tape stuck on so he often draws things like cars, houses and people that can live on the mountains and then uses them as part of role play games. He really brings the wall to life and treats it as a vertical play mat.
How do you display your children's artwork? Do you display your children's artwork? And two things that I'd particularly love to know are how much of it do you keep and where do you put it all? Help!
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