21 Ways to Display Kids Artwork

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21 Ways to Display Kids Artwork - Great ideas for modern families!

As parents, we are always looking for ways to display kids artwork — that mountain of creativity they draw, paint, collage at home and at school. Their artwork deserves a special display, but more often than not it ends up in a pile along with some good intentions. Um, speaking for myself here, but from what I hear, I’m not the only one.

How to get from a stack of original kid creations to a display that both honors their artwork, looks good in your home, and is easy to switch out art pieces as your children make newer and greater artworks and as their art styles develop and change?

In this post I’ll share lots of ways to display kids artwork—some are ways we use or have used, some are ways I’ve admired, all fit as many of the above criteria as possible, especially the bit about being easy to switch out artwork as your children continue to create and to grow.

Here are 21 Ways to Display Kids Artwork

21 Ways to Display Kids Artwork - Display wall with repurposed frames

1. This first one is our own kids art display wall, made out of thrifted frames with the glass and backing removed. We’re still loving it, and I’ve shared a couple posts on “What’s on the Kids Art Display Wall This Month” showing how the artwork displayed has been changing.

2. Instead of removing the backs, you could simply replace the glass in a set of frames with cork from a roll of cork board as Shannon did from Shannon Makes Stuff. Now she has a bulletin board display wall for her kids art and can easily pin up new artworks anytime.

21 Ways to Display Kids Artwork - Children's Art Gallery at Imagination Tree

3. You can use inexpensive frames that allow you to pop out the artwork easily to change what is displayed as Anna from The Imagination Tree has done with her children’s art gallery. She used matching white IKEA frames in a variety of sizes for a cohesive look. I LOVE that colorful cardboard “Create” sign she and her kids made!

21 Ways to Display Kids Artwork - Hang them on a display wire!

4. You can also display kids art along a wire. Use an IKEA wire curtain rod system to display the art (the one shown here is by Danielle on The Style Files; with a description of the IKEA set up on Apartment Therapy). Or simply clip the artwork to a wire stretched between a couple of hook-eye screws as Kelli from Random Thoughts of a Super Mom did. So easy!

21 Ways to Display Kids Artwork - Art ledges and magnetic frames

5. Use ledges or floating wall shelves for a kids art display area as Kate of Centsational Girl did. It’s easy to change out the artwork that is displayed and you can simply prop up painted canvases, framed art pieces, and 3-dimensional art, layering and moving them around as much as you like without putting any extra unsightly holes in the walls.

6. Give your fridge art display a makeover with DiY magnetic picture frames as Alysha shared on How Does She? Totally trying this soon!

21 Ways to Display Kids Artwork - have it turned into a poster!

7. Have Simply Create Kids turn your favorite kids art pieces into a poster. I love this idea and think I’ll have to do it soon—maybe make one for each of the kids to hang above their beds… Or for my office…

21 Ways to Display Kids Artwork - Hang art with a decorated pants hanger!

8. Use pants hangers to display kids artwork. How simple is that?! The Honest Company blog shares fun ideas for letting the kids decorate and personalize them first.

21 Ways to Display Kids Artwork - Create a Photo Book!

9. Create a photo book of your kids art alongside pics of the artist. This one that Liz of paislee press made for her kiddo is pretty awesome.

21 Ways to Display Kids Artwork - Artkive App to Photo Book

10. Use the ArtKive app to photograph your children’s artwork from your smartphone and tag it with names, dates, and descriptions. You can even have them print a book of selected artworks with practically just the push of a button! Sounds like the busy mom’s solution to that book we all intend to create but don’t get around to doing.

Clipboards for kids art - 21 Ways to Display Kids Artwork

11. Group clipboards together as an art display area on the wall. It will make changing out the art super quick and easy as Jenn does at Clean and Scentsible. Or make your own display clipboards as Liz did at Love Grows Wild.

21 Ways to Display Kids Artwork - two DIY frame art walls

12. Make some DiY frame wallpaper where you want your children’s art display, and let your kids draw, paint, and collage their art directly onto the wallpaper.

13. Paint fun and colorful frames directly on the wall as Christie from Childhood 101 did.

21 Ways to Display Kids Artwork - Frame Wall Decals

14. Or use removable wall decals if you want something less permanent. These colorful frame wall stickers are fun! As are these fancy frame decals.

15. Have a kids art-only display area OR mix their art in with the other artwork you have hanging around the house.

21 Ways to Display Kids Artwork - Store and Display

16. Use a Lil DaVinci frame to combine a professional-looking frame with easy storage for up to 50 additional pieces of your children’s artwork. The front flips open to make changing out the displayed artwork easy.

17. Or, how about a digital frame with a changing display of your children’s artworks? I wouldn’t have thought of this one myself, but a reader says she does and loves it.

21 Ways to Display Kids Artwork - make into canvas or have an art show

18. Transfer your child’s artwork to canvas.

19. Do you belong to a kids play group, children’s art group, or preschool? Consider having an art show at a local coffeeshop, bakery, or ice cream shop for a period. When you approach the owner/manager with your idea, make sure to mention that you can have a low-key reception for the young artists and their families (lots of people buying their muffins or ice cream cones) and that the kids and their families will likely continue to visit throughout the month to see their art on display and share it with their friends and neighbors.

21 Ways to Display Kids Artwork - Chalkboard gallery and hanging display wire

20. Turn a chalkboard wall into a kids art gallery as shown on The Artful Kids blog.

21. Or, do as the folks at The Artful Kids blog did next and create a space-saving vertical display with hanging wires.

Which idea is your favorite?

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  1. Michelle says

    Thanks for all the great ideas. One more- I took pictures of my kids artwork and had them made into a calendar. I kept one for myself and gave them as gifts to grandparents. It turned out great!

  2. Karen says

    We could never seem to display all the art work that our 3 kids produce … from paper crafts to canvas paintings and more. Read about our solution for displaying all kinds of treasures at http://www.simplyfunfamilies.com/ (blog post for April 22, 2014). You’ll see how our MAGNIFICENT ART WALL keeps our little artists inspired and showcases their work for all to see!

  3. Denise says

    I love the clipboards and the digital frame ideas. I think I’ll make clipboards of varying sizes so they will hold the larger pieces of paper they typically bring home from art class. Thanks for all your great ideas!

  4. Lisa says

    We have a couple of displays. Above our kitchen window, we have 2 hooks & a long piece of yarn where we display artwork with fun clips. In my older daughter’s room, we have the wire from IKEA. Still thinking about what to do in the baby’s room.

  5. says

    Idea number 22. Go to sendoutcards.com/gleesons then upload the art work to your own private card editor and send your customised real recycled paper greeting cards to the grandparents or other special people in your child’s life. And I forgot to mention, the first couple of cards you send from my site are free. Hope today is a great day for the world. Terry

  6. Chris says

    Love the poster, book, app, printed canvas and digital frame – I have two teens that are now in high school and not taking any more art classes (don’t fit in their schedule with ROTC/band/core classes/etc.). So I have a LOT of artwork in the attic that I’d like to digitize and clean out. It would be nice to do consolidate it into all into something meaningful. Plus, I can also give it to grandparents at holidays. Gone are the days of putting up refrigerator art which ended up being chaos (although they were proud!).

  7. says

    I love all of them however I just want to mention what we do at our house. I put up two 3M hooks and tied a piece of string from one to the other and now we just peg up the artworks with cute little wooden pegs. Washing line style ;-)

  8. Cathleen says

    These are all great ideas! I think I rented for so long, that now, even though I own my own home, I still can’t commit to anything permanent on the walls! I created a big collage around the window in our dining room using 3M wallsaver poster tape the first year of preschool for my twin girls. I stuck the best work of the week up every week, then took a picture with them at the end of the year. This year, we’ve upgraded to 3M picture clips, which are awesome too.

  9. says

    Awsome. What do you think about our suggestions?. Kid’s drawings turned into a unique tablecloth, floor cushion, wall decall, bag and many other incredible things. They are so proud when they realise that their artwork is a masterpice for us.