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Displaying and cataloging your child’s artwork

by Grace Bonney

Our 3 year-old son started pre-school in the fall and I quickly became aware of the need to figure out what to do wit the artwork he brought home on a daily basis. I thought I’d share a few things we do to keep it clutter-free but still display and appreciate it.

  • Hang on Ikea curtain wire
  • We use a simple wire curtain rod from Ikea and hang the artwork in our son’s playroom. I like this because its easy to swap out the artwork. Before swapping it out we take a photo of him against the wall, standing next to a ruler to track his height and with a sign indicating the month and year. We then keep want we want and discard the rest. I plan on making a photo book each year with the collection of monthly photos.

  • Personal note cards
  • I like to have simple, personalized note cards readily available to send for Ike. One of my favorite things to do is to make a collage of his artwork and get custom cards made for him. I scan the artwork and do a simple layout in Photoshop. I then send to a card printing service (I like the image and paper quality of Artefact Studios). The cards are easy and affordable and its a creative way to share his artwork.

On the inside, I have his name printed with a traceable font so that he can ‘sign’ his name.

    Mail to a relative

    We’ll also occasionally put one in the mail to a relative. We just include a simple note, slipt it into an envelope and send it off. It always seems to be a big hit (or at least they say so ; )

[photography by Kate Headley]

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