Great ideas for a kids art display that honors children’s creativity, looks good in your home, and is easy to update regularly.
Updated January 2023
As parents, we are always looking for kids art display ideas, right?
Their artwork deserves a special display, but can often end up in a pile despite good intentions. We’re speaking for ourselves here, but we know we’re not the only ones.
Want to transform that stack of original kid creations into a display that honors their artwork and looks good in your home? Oh, and is easy to switch out as your children create new art or their art style develops and changes?
In this post we’ll share lots of ways to display kids’ artwork. Some are ones we use or have used and others are ideas we’ve admired. They 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 grow.
Kids Art Display Ideas
1. Frames that Display and Store Kids’ Artwork
Use kids art frames that combine a professional-looking frame with easy storage. Each of these frames doubles as storage for additional pieces of your children’s artwork. We recommend The Articulate Gallery and My Little DaVinci frames.
2. Kids Art Poster
Have Itsy Art turn your favorite kids art pieces into a poster. We were all pleased with how the posters turned out and the kids loved seeing their artwork displayed this way.
3. Wood Bead Clip Garland
Use this wood bead and clip garland from Etsy to hang your kids’ artwork. If you’re feeling crafty, you can also DIY this with a wool ball garland + clothespins.
4. Corkboard Wall
If you’ve got the space, consider turning one wall into a corkboard like Florence+Henri Lifestyle did, for displaying all of your kids’ art. Or turn a chalkboard wall into a kids’ art gallery as shown on The Artful Kids blog.
5. Matching Frames for a Cohesive Look
Create a cohesive gallery wall by using inexpensive frames that are all the same color, as shown on Marian Louise Designs. You can easily switch out the artwork and change what is displayed, and matching the frames allows the art to really shine. We love IKEA frames for projects like this!
6. Hanging Display Wire
Use an IKEA wire curtain rod system to display the art, like Marla on Everyday MomLife. There are also tons of super cute alternatives on Etsy, like this clothespin display set!
7. Floating Wall Shelves
Use ledges or floating wall shelves for a kids art display area. It’s easy to change out the artwork and simply prop up painted canvases, framed art pieces, and 3-D art. Try layering and moving them around as much as you like without putting unsightly holes in the walls.
8. Magnetic Wooden Hangers
These magnetic wooden hangers are simple and lovely. And they allow you to change up your child’s artwork whenever they create something new! Or pick up a similar set from IKEA.
9. Display Kids Art on Hangers
Use pants hangers to display kids’ artwork for an easy option to rotate. How simple is that?!
10. Make a Kids Art Book
Melissa from The Artful Parent created a book with her kids’ artwork with Plum Print and now it’s a prized possession in their house!
If you live in the UK, Doodle nest is a great option for creating kids’ art books!
Use the ArtKive app to photograph your children’s artwork from your smartphone and tag it with names, dates, and descriptions. You can 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.
12. Wooden Clipboard Display
We love this wooden clipboard display as the perfect way to display the artwork of the moment, and easily rotate pieces in and out. Etsy also has this adorable “Look What I Made!” alternative that would be perfect for a kids’ room!
13. Corkboard + Push Pin Clips
You can’t beat the classic corkboard and push pin combination for hanging kids’ artwork. You can even use these push pins that are also clips! We love this all-white version, as shown by the Organised Housewife.
14. Art Display Bar
If you have some extra curtain rods, create a series of art display bars, as shown by Traci Remley. This is such a fun way to reuse materials you already have, and create the feeling of a gallery for your children’s artwork.
15. Letterpress Art Print
For a more long-term solution for a favorite piece of artwork, you can visit minted.com and turn your kid’s artwork into a letterpress print.
16. Kids-Only Art Display Area or Mix Artwork Throughout Home
Have one wall that’s a focal point for hosting all your kids’ art in one spot OR mix their art in with the other artwork you have hanging around the house.
17. Vertical Display with Hanging Wires
If space is limited, try creating a vertical hanging display like this one from Sorted Space & Design. Or do as the folks at The Artful Kids blog did and create a space-saving vertical display with hanging wires.
18. Washi Tape Gallery Wall
We don’t love putting lots of tack or nail holes in our walls, so this washi tape gallery wall from Erin at the Parent Strategist is the perfect solution! No holes in the walls, and you can easily change out the artwork as you want. Plus, we can’t get enough of the fun washi tape prints and colors out there!
19. Consider the type of artwork
Sometimes the materials we use make a great instant frame themselves. A canvas itself is ready made to frame––just add art! Or paint on canvas fabric and create a hanger with beads and wire that just needs a hook. Cardboard is sturdy enough to set on a shelf as is without framing.
Sculptures and other 3D artwork are easily displayed around the house in little nooks, bookcases, shelves, and hutches.
20. Have the Framing Done for You
If you’d like the hassle of framing artwork off your plate, let a site like Framebridge do it for you! They will frame both original works and digital copies and have an amazing selection of gorgeous frames!
Or try a similar service specifically for kids’ art from Tiny Art. All you have to do is take a photo of the original, upload it and choose your favorite color for your unique piece of art.
21. Peel and Stick Frames
You can find photo frame wall stickers on Etsy to show off your child’s artwork. A removable and reusable item that so you can easily frame as you wish.
Bonus Alternative Idea: Local Art Galleries
Do you belong to a playgroup, children’s art group, or preschool? Consider having an art show at a local coffee shop, bakery, school, 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. This translates to lots of people buying their muffins or ice cream cones! And the kids’ families will likely continue to visit throughout the month to see their art on display and share it with their friends and neighbors.
Which idea to display kids artwork is your favorite?
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