7 cool things to do with kids art (that don’t involve the fridge)

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When we were kids, my brothers and I created so much “artwork,” that I’m sure finding room on the fridge for all of it was a real challenge! But somehow, my mom always found a way to make it work (and to this day, I’m pretty sure she still has all of it stored in boxes). Looking back, though, I’m sure she would’ve loved a few more ideas around what to do with kids art (BESIDES using your fridge as a gallery). :)

I’ve listed some of my my favorites that I’ve seen online, and hopefully one of these will spark your interest and inspire you to do something creative with your child’s art!

1. Turn your child’s art into a toy

I absolutely LOVE this idea. You can work with Child’s Own Studio to create an amazing stuffed animal that your child can play with, but the best part is that the toy is a recreation of your child’s drawing, brought to life as a stuffed animal!

Though this is my very favorite idea, I should add that there is a wait list to have these made, so if you’re looking for something more immediate, this may not be the right option for you.

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2. Preserve their artwork in a photobook

My next favorite (and it’s a very close second) is a photobook. This is a great way to preserve your child’s art and show it off to your friends and family! You can even include pictures of your little ones mixed in with their masterpieces.

I recommend using Blurb because they have a variety of sizes and lots of options. And in the meantime, the Artkive app is a great way to store all your pictures until you’re ready to make your book.

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3. Showcase several pieces on a curtain rod display

Apartment Therapy always has some clever, out-of-the-box ideas on decorating your home, and this one’s no exception. I love this idea for hanging your kids art because it allows you to hang more than one piece, and  it’s easy to add or switch out pieces as your child brings them home!

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4. Let them create their own card art

The Creatacard app allows your child to create their own artwork using virtual crayons, paint tools and stickers. Once they’re done with their digital art, they can then turn it into a real-life paper greeting card that they can send to whomever they want (with a grownup’s help, of course). On the inside of the card, they can even add a photo and their own personal message!

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5. Turn it into a mobile

With this step-by-step walkthrough by Warm Hot Chocolate, you can combine your child’s art with a little of craftiness of your own to create a decorative mobile.  Now, you and your kids can enjoy your creative hanging artwork for years to come!

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6. Make it a permanent installation

7 cool things to do with kids art (that don't involve the fridge) | Cardstore Blog

Dear Lizzy / Elizabeth Kratchner

This idea came from Elizabeth Kratchner, and it’s a good one! You can easily turn your child’s art into a permanent installation by placing it in a shadow box and adding some decorative pieces to it. Love the use of the crayons in there.

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7. Showcase more than one, even in a limited space

Making a collage of your kid’s art is perfect if you have limited wall space! Emily, from Merrypad details out how she made hers and shared it for anyone who’s interested. There are lots of ways you can do this though, so make sure you decide what kind of layout works best for your wall space.

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I can’t wait till my daughter is old enough to paint, because I’m dying to try out some of these super cute ideas. As always, I’d love to hear any of your creative ideas on displaying or preserving your child’s artwork!

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