Last year I noticed that my son liked to draw a lot. He would often sit at his little table in the family room and draw on blank pieces of paper with his crayons. Last Christmas I got him an art easel from Ikea, and he has spent many hours focused on creating artwork while standing at his easel in his bedroom. I often lay on the floor in his room or lay on his bed and watch him draw. I can tell he gets lost is his creativity because he sometimes forgets that I am even there. Other times he is over joyed with excitement, and can’t wait to show me his newest creation. He has a little system for how he likes to keep his pages of art; by allowing the art to gather below the easel in one butcher paper pile, that he can go back through and look at whenever he desires.
Since last school year my son has been coming home from preschool each week with a lot of artwork. I absolutely love that his preschool experience is largely spent in imaginative and creative play, but with that comes a stack of artwork that I need to do something with. I certainly could not bring myself to throwing his artwork away, nor did I want my house to be splattered with pre-school pages of art everywhere either. Since my refrigerator does not have a magnetic option, I needed to figure out another way to display his art, without making my house look like a preschool classroom. At first, I put his art on display in my office. But my office is in the back of the house, which simply did not allow for proper display of his treasured pieces.
Eventually I figured out a really cool way to display my son’s art in the main room of our home, and on a wall that also displays one of my favorite art pieces. Now whenever someone comes to our house they can see my son’s artwork! He gets so excited to show off his latest piece of art to his grandparents when they come over. I love to experience his excitement and pride in showing off his creativity. In the past months, a number of my friends have commented on how cleaver the display is, as they too were trying to figure out a way to display their child’s artwork without having to pin or tape it to a wall, or overcrowd a bulletin board; all of which might require repair down the road. I thought it would be fun to share our artwork display idea with the Baby Brezza community, as you may also be trying to decide how to display your child’s treasured artwork in your home too.
-Large Paper Clips
The key to this project is the Command Small Wire Hooks, because they leave no sticky residue or stains on your wall, and allow for you to tie the twine into the wire hooks. If you buy the hooks that are simply plastic, the twine will slip off (I tried that method first and discovered it didn’t work). Place the hooks about three feet apart on the wall, or desired length. Tie twine to each metal hook and allow for slight give, so that the art will create a nice U-shape display once hanging. Now for the high-tech piece of this project! Use large paper clips to clip the artwork to the twine. I first tried clamps, but they didn’t really clasp onto the twine very easily. Good old fashioned paperclips do the trick perfectly. The total cost of this project is approximately $5.00.