April 23, 2024

What to Do with Your Child's Artwork

If your child loves to draw, chances are your art collection of theirs is ever-growing.

And while it’s a joy to see them create, what do you actually do with it?

At Outside The Box Creation we believe that children’s artwork can be the key to unlocking confidence and creativity- so of course we’ve got some ideas about how to display kids’ art!


This classic option is always a good choice for showcasing special pieces. Art galleries generally choose frameless or black frames. Opt for frames that complement your child's artwork and match your home decor.

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Display Boards

Display boards offer a budget-friendly alternative, allowing you to group several pieces together and easily swap them out as new creations arise. You might choose a bamboo, wire frame, or cork board display board, which can usually be found at home decor stores.


For artwork that lets light through – think window clings or tissue paper stained glass – hang them right on your largest window using hooks and suction cups or no residue tape.



It’s a classic! Get some strong magnets and clips with magnets and hang your child’s artwork on the fridge – a place of prominence in any household.

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Clip Garlands

Turn your child's artwork into a whimsical and ever-evolving display with a clip garland, while decorating their room.
 1. Simply string twine, ribbon, or thick yarn across a wall and secure it with poster putty.
 2. Attach clothespins, binder clips, or decorative clips.
 3.  Great for displaying smaller and lighter pieces, have your child help hang their creations.
 4. Your child can add or rearrange their art as they please.

Floating Shelves

Floating shelves offer a modern and versatile option for displaying artwork of various sizes and thicknesses. Arrange them at different heights and depths to create a dynamic display. You can place individual pieces on the shelves or create mini-galleries by grouping smaller pieces together. This option works especially well for displaying three-dimensional artwork like sculptures or mixed-media creations.

Corkboard Wall

Transform a designated section of your wall into a dedicated art gallery for your child. Install a large corkboard, and pin up their artwork using colorful thumbtacks or decorative pushpins. This method allows you to display various sizes and mediums, creating a dynamic and constantly evolving art showcase.

Pocket Chart

Hang a pocket chart with clear windows in your child’s art area and encourage them to fill it with their creations. These display 3D or small artworks best, like origami, FIMO modeling clay, woven items, pipe cleaner sculptures, and jewelry.

Dedicated Art Gallery Wall

Got more than one piece to show off? Take it a step further by creating a curated gallery wall specifically for your child's artwork. Arrange their pieces in a cohesive layout, considering color, size, and theme. You can use frames, floating shelves, or even washi tape to create a visually appealing display. This approach allows you to tell a story through their art and personalize your space with their unique creations.

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Create an Art Book

For a more compact solution, consider creating a personalized art book. Use a scrapbook or photo album and dedicate each page to showcasing their artwork. You can include captions, dates, and even short stories written by your child to add a personal touch to this treasured keepsake. You might even take scans or photos of the artwork and assemble it into a printed keepsake that your child will cherish forever.

Involve the Artist

No matter which display method you choose, remember to involve your child in the process to plant seeds of ownership and pride in their creations. Let them choose the artwork they want to showcase and participate in arranging the display.

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Tips for Displaying Kids’ Art

By showcasing your child's artwork, you not only celebrate their creativity but also send a powerful message of appreciation and encouragement. Their artistic expressions are glimpses into their unique world, and displaying them with pride helps nurture their creative spirit for years to come. Plus, it’s fun!

• Rotate Frequently: With a constant stream of new artwork, rotate displays regularly to keep them fresh and interesting. This gives every piece a chance to shine and prevents your walls from becoming cluttered.
• Consider the Space: Choose an appropriate space for the display, ensuring the artwork is visible and uncluttered. Avoid hanging delicate pieces near high-traffic areas or in direct sunlight.Rotate Frequently: With a constant stream of new artwork, rotate displays regularly to keep them fresh and interesting. This gives every piece a chance to shine and prevents your walls from becoming cluttered.
• Embrace the Evolution: As your child's artistic style and skills develop, their artwork will too. Be flexible and adapt your display methods accordingly.
• Store Responsibly: Designate a storage bin for your child’s artwork. Ask your child to choose which pieces should stay out and which should be stored away.
• Be Proud: When visitors come to your house, show it off! Your child deserves to know that their artwork, the feelings that went into it, and efforts matter to you.
• Talk About the Art: When you put up new pieces of artwork, talk to your child about it. Give your child the opportunity to express the meaning behind her art. Share your thoughts. Create a moment of connection.

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