How to Store Your Child's Art Pieces
One of the easiest ways to store your child's art pieces is to hang it! Not only will hanging your child's masterpiece boost their ego, it will also allow you to collect a mini museum of your child's work. As your child completes new pieces at school you can add them to your installation. One simple way of displaying your child's artwork is by stringing twine from one end of the room to another and hanging each piece by a clothespin. This hanging method makes the rotation of art pieces fairly easily as clothespins are not permanent and will not damage your walls or the artwork. Hanging your child's works of art is a win-win for both parties involved. This type of placement can serve as decor in your child's room.
If placing your child's art pieces out on display is no longer an option then plan to efficiently sort and store them instead. Let's begin by discussing a few different ways to store the pieces. Art can be stored in either an oversized portfolio or labeled mailing tubes in order to maintain mint condition. Once you have decided your method of storage it is time to get to sorting. Follow the four step guide below on how to effectively preserve and sort through your child's masterpieces.
- Step #1
Frame your favorite pieces. There is always room for at least one or two pieces of your child's art in your home. Framing your child's work will show them how much you appreciate their talents. Plus, if you get these pieces professionally framed they will resemble that of professional art pieces.
- Step #2
Only sort and store pieces that your child is proud of or hold significant value. For instance, if your child was obsessed with only drawing teddy bears for one solid period of time, then maybe only keep a couple of their very best pieces. Once you have decided which ones you would like to keep, make sure to label them by age or year and place them in either a portfolio or mailing tube. Now is the time to store these precious pieces under the bed or in a closet for safekeeping.
- Step #3
If you have run out of storage room for your child's lovely artwork then mail them off to relatives who would thoroughly appreciate the gesture. Grandparents, Aunts/Uncles, Godparents or even former babysitters would be happy to receive surprise mail from your child. Thus, it is best to address the mailing tubes as soon as you stuff them. Have your child sign the back to give a piece a more personal touch before shipping it off.
- Step #4
Unfortunately, you will end up throwing away much of your child's artwork. To avoid the guilt, first try utilizing the art as wrapping paper! This way your child's hard work doesn't go to complete waste. Otherwise make these pieces of art quietly 'disappear'.