{Organise} Part 1: Kids Drawings – Wall gallery

by Katrina - The Organised Housewife

This has been the MOST asked question I receive:

How do you organise and store the kids drawings?

Over the next few days I will show you some ideas on what I do with their drawings along with other tips.

Recently I redecorated the kids toy room as they had outgrown the current scheme.  When the kids were little this blackboard was so much fun, allowing all 3 kids to draw on it together.  However when I got a new computer I gave them my old one for their homework, hence needing a desk and in front of the blackboard was the only place to put it.  Which then made it hard for them to access.

BEFORE

Above:  The kids created the artwork for the wall!  I purchased the frames from IKEA and a piece of cardboard from the newsagent and they painted away.  The twins were 3 and youngest was 1 when these were made.

AFTER

  • I removed the blackboard which I had nailed into the wall, so I had to patch up the holes and repaint the wall.  This is now in the garage for them to use.
  • I updated the kids artwork – I always wanted a wall filled with their drawings.
    • I found some drawings that were bright, colourful and drawn for a purpose (such as mothers day) to display.
    • I have left room on the wall to add more frames.
    • I used 3M Command Picture Hanging Strips to place the frames on the wall.  Which eliminates the need for nailing into the wall and being able to change the pictures around easily at a later date.

I used frames from IKEA

I had to keep the framed Winnie the Pooh which I crossed stitched when pregnant

View more storing kids artwork ideas:

Part 2: Scan onto a digital photo frame

Part 3:  Hang Drawings or Words of Wisdom

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10 comments

Kate @ Puddles and Gumboots October 26, 2011 - 9:01 AM

I love those Ikea frames! I would like to make a wall display of the kids art but we just dont have the space

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Emmap 73 October 26, 2011 - 1:00 PM

Thats always a tricky one, hey… They are so proud of the things they create, and we mums are proud to… but what can ya do?!! I have a ‘spare’ wall which is the ‘back’ of my kitchen bench…. I covered it with some ‘magnetic’ panels I bought from Ikea (good ole ikea) and by magnetic it just means that magnets stick to it… I bought a pile of clip magnets and each day that they bring things home, they go straight up on the wall, and at the end of the school term everything comes down, I ‘discreetly’ sort thru the keep stuff and the stuff that ‘benefits the environment’ by placing every so carefully in the recycling. Big butchers paper type paintings get used for wrapping gifts for grandparents/uncles/aunts….
I’ve (hopefully) attached a pic of my ‘art wall’ if you wanna see what it looks like.
Loving your posts and info – keep up the great work! : )

Oops: can’t upload the picture, telling me its too big…

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Betty October 26, 2011 - 9:59 PM

This is so gorgeous, I have a couple of the big coloured Ikea frames that I put their large paintings in on butchers paper, just cut down a little to fit. I’ll commission my own little artists everytime! I’ll have to try the picture wall in my toy room also, love it.

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Jo_annee October 26, 2011 - 10:09 PM

Like Emmap 73, I use the back of the kitchen bench for display, but I’ve also taken pic’s of my kids art work (particularily the ‘special’ items) and also a picture of the kids on that day (often proudly holding their creation). Then I’ve used the digital pics in scrapbooking albums to show their (developmental) progress throughout the year and also their (physical) growth. I generally use Snapfish to create the albums (aprox $20 per album, 20-150pgs). The finished book becomes a record of that year including school photo’s, birthday, Christmas, & other special occasions for each child (one album per child tho there is often a bit of overlap). The kids are happy to part with their masterpieces (once they’ve been on the wall for a little while) after I’ve shown them the pictures I’ve taken.

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Arizanshine October 26, 2011 - 10:33 PM

I have a way i keeping my daughters drawings. She is a prolific drawer to the point of being rediculous! I HAD to come up with something for my own sanity! I take a snapshot on my phone of her drawings when she brings me one she is really proud of, or if i see one that i have to preserve! then i upload them to Bigw online or harvey normans photos centres and have a soft cover book printed every 6 or so months. they cost about $10 and there are always 2 for 1 deals or better. they make great gifts and you can click on the automatic upload if you dont care what order things are in and voila! you have a teeny book that takes up no space on your bookshelf which also makes great gifts for grandparents (especially those who live far away like ours). The other thing you can do is get them to choose their absolute faves and make up a story that goes with the picture. then you create an actual story and picture book which makes them feel so proud to see it “in print”. The actual drawings i then use to wrap gifts and of course, frame some of them or cover storage boxes with them.

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Nicole Romano October 28, 2011 - 8:40 AM

Thanks! Great ideas for me in the future., I also like a comment below of photographing the drawing and later creating them into a photo bookfor memories. Ill definitely be doing this for my boy when he gets older!

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brooke January 17, 2014 - 12:27 PM

Where did you get this desk

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