Monday, January 4, 2010

Displaying Kids Artwork

With two of my kids just beginning elementary school we have more than plenty of artwork around the house. For the longest time I didn't know what to do with all of it. I hated having it piled up all over the house and the kids would cry if they ever saw me throwing something away. This art gallery has saved me.
I got the idea from SUTTON GRACE. It's made from the DIGNITET curtain wire, from IKEA. Sutton Grace has a cheaper version on her blog. I love this for two reasons. The first, because it solved my artwork problem. The kids are thrilled to have there pictures displayed and don't mind taking one down too make room for the new.
The Second reason is that I had these huge empty walls in our mud room. I had the idea of filling them by framing my kids artwork. But I didn't want to frame just any artwork. I wanted to frame my favorites. It would take years to fill the walls with framed art work. The wire rod System gave me an inexpensive way to fill them fast.

I'll still be framing my favorites, but I can do it at my pace now.
I love these seasonal pieces my son did. I wish you could see the detail.
By-the-way I hung this all by myself. I thought I needed my husbands help, but got sick of waiting for him. It's been two months and hasn't fallen yet.


23 comments:

Michelle said...

I'm a homeschooling mom and I have the exact same item from IKEA and did the exact same thing. I love it!!!!

The Harris Family said...

Ohh I like this! I just cover a closet door but this is much cuter. The frames are also very fun.
-Crystal

Mrs. Petrie said...

Your art wires look great! I may have to move to something like this soon because we're running out of space with the current system.

Katherine @ Grass Stains said...

This would be a big hit with my three boys, who also get really offended when they see their artwork in the trash! Right now I take pictures of their best work and put the pictures in their scrapbooks (I'm actually working on a blog post with that tip in it). But if I can find a spot for your idea, I'll do it, too! Great job!

Stephanie Lynn said...

So cute! I love the framed prints. I too have a hard time trashing anything sentimental. The wire hanger is genius!

3XMom said...

great idea - I am going to try this in our playroom, thanks!

Teresa said...

Love this idea! And I just made my first trip to Ikea. Too bad I didn't see this until today. :) I'm linking you at www.itisagoodday.blogspot.com. Thanks!

Sabrina said...

I love this idea! I will be doing the same thing- however, I am the procrastinator and havent hung mine yet! I will def post pictures "if" I finally get started!

Kendall at Finesse Your Nest said...

That is SO CUTE! Does the Ikea wire system come with the clips too, or did you have to buy those separately? Great idea!

Bette said...

Great Idea! I am going to try this in our playroom. With three kids I get my share of "art".

Sarah @ Hennessey House said...

i adore this idea! i think it would look awesome with any kind of art, though. the only think you'd have to worry about is corners bending over time, i suppose. and kudos for doing it without your husband's help! :)

design_aholic said...

This is a great idea for hanging the ever evolving artwork! I used to teach, and do after school care, and always had pictures that kids made me. I couldn't just throw them out... This would be perfect in a classroom too!

Sam said...

What a great idea for homeschooling moms! I have a ribbon tied up with some craft paperclips. Very cute but not as long term as yours. Love it!

Colleen @ MuralMaker&More said...

Ha! I had to do this with my own artwork! Now that Grandson (age 2) is painting every week @ my house, we have the same problem. But he's not yet 'attached' to his pictures so I take pictures and then make a photo book every so often. It'll work for a little while longer, I hope!

Mary Ellen (megardengal) said...

What a precious idea! Wish I had seen this 20 years ago!! WEll if my Boys will ever give me grandchildren maybe I can use the idea!

blessings
mary

Melissa: Mother to 3 Little Sprouts said...

That is so cute!!! The frames look so great!

Adventure Mom Janna said...

Oh my daughter is 20 months and I can't wait to do something like this! Their art work is better than the "modern" stuff anyway.

You are boosting your children's confidence in such a great way!

I'd also like to invite you to my blog on Wednesdays as I review a chapter a week of the book "The Power of a Praying Parent."

Jenny said...

Oh that's nifty. I should do that with my son's stuff. He'd be uber proud of himself if I did.

Anne @ Floralshowers Creative Craft Blog said...

So cute! I just love the way you show of your kids art work...funny, that I actually saw this on Sutton Grace as well. She has such a cute blog! I happened across your blog while looking at the Links on todays creative blog. So many fun blogs and ideas! I would love it if you would head over and link up to my MckLinky as well...Just come with your best crafty post from 2009! I would love to see it!

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Its So Very Cheri said...

Great idea--my walls would be filled with 4 kids.

Cheri

ClassiclyAmber said...

THAT is a great idea! Fabulousness!!

Laurie Turk said...

That's beautiful!! I love framing my kiddos art work. It seems like such a beautiful way to praise them.

Thank you SO much for participating in Talk To Me Tuesday.

You Rock!

Lynne said...

Very cute idea! How creative. I love all the art work!

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