There’s nothing quite like your child’s first masterpiece. Whether it’s a stick figure drawing or a finger-painted work of art, it’s a precious reminder of their childhood. Over time, these masterpieces tend to pile up. Before you know it, you’re running out of space to keep them all!
What do you do with all that artwork? If you’re like most parents, you probably have a growing stack of it in a drawer somewhere. While it is an option to keep your favorite pieces and toss others in private, it can be really difficult to do so. Personally, I like to keep everything my kids make. But I also understand that storage space is limited, especially if you have more than one child.
I still have some artwork pieces from my childhood, and I’m so happy my mom kept them for me. Someday, I want my kids to have some artwork to look back on as well!
10 Idea’s For Saving Artwork Made By Your Kids
Here are some of my favorite ideas for saving children’s artwork (so it doesn’t clutter up your home).
1. Make it digital
This is probably the most common idea of the bunch. Digital photos take up a lot less space in the home. (I mean, they take up virtually no actual space, right?). Take a picture of your kids’ beautiful artwork and save it in a digital album! You can even create a special album on your computer or phone just for their artwork. Alternatively, you can scan it and save it as a digital file. This way, you can print it out again if you ever want to.
Even better, you can share it with family and friends online. You can save photos on the cloud or a storage drive for safekeeping. I really like this idea because you can make an album for each age. Then, you can look back and see how their artwork has progressed over the years. Dropbox, Amazon Photos, and Google Photos are all good options for this.
2. Frame it
This is a classic way to display artwork. You can frame your child’s drawing or painting and hang it up in your home in their room. You can even get creative and framing several pieces together to create a collage. If you don’t want to frame it, you can also mount it on a piece of poster board or foam core.
Framed artwork makes a really nice gift as well. Depending on the colors in the picture, you can get a frame to match your home’s decor. Here is a nice example of some framed artwork that really brightens up the home:
3. Turn it into a card or gift
If you’re crafty, you can turn your child’s artwork into a one-of-a-kind card or gift for an aunt, uncle, or grandparent. For example, you can glue it to the front of a blank card or notebook. You can also turn it into a keychain or magnet. If you’re really creative, you can even turn it into a piece of jewelry. There are endless possibilities! Homemade gifts are always so special. And, let’s be honest, they’re usually a lot cheaper than store-bought gifts, too.
4. Turn it into a notebook or journal cover
If you or your child is a fan of notebooking or journaling, why not use their artwork as the cover? You can either laminate it or glue it onto the front of a blank notebook or journal. This would also make a great gift for grandparents or other family members.
5. Make a collage out of it
If you have a lot of artwork, you can make a collage out of it. This is a great way to display a lot of pieces in a small space. You can frame the collage or just hang it up on the wall. Get creative with the arrangement! You can also add other mementos, like photographs, notes, or tickets to the collage.
6. Make a unique bookmark
This is one of my favorite ideas because it makes such a lovely gift. You can make bookmarks out of small pieces of artwork, or take larger pieces and cut them into several bookmarks. Simply laminate the artwork or glue it to a piece of cardstock. Then, cut it out and use it as a bookmark. You can make a bunch of them, wrap them nicely, and then give them away as gifts. These gifts are also very mail-friendly as well! Experiment with different colors and shapes.
7. Make a scrapbook
If you’re into scrapbooking, why not create a special scrapbook just for your child’s artwork? This is a great way to preserve their artwork and have a beautiful keepsake that you can look back on for years to come. Scrapbooks are really easy to find on Amazon or in craft stores. You don’t need any special glues or materials for a basic scrapbook. Many of them even come with page protectors, which is really helpful.
8. Find good storage boxes
If you want to keep your child’s artwork but don’t necessarily want to display it, find some good storage boxes. You can either get some plastic bins or pretty fabric boxes. Then, you can store them away until your child is older and can decide what to do with them. Boxes of artwork can be stowed away in the attic or garage. Just make sure to label them so you can find them later. Personally, I like the idea of using pretty fabric boxes because they add a nice touch to the home.
9. Donate it to a local hospital or nursing home
If you’re not sure what to do with all of your child’s artwork, you can always donate it to a local hospital or nursing home. The patients and residents would love to have something cheerful to brighten up their day. See if you can find a place that takes artwork donations. You can also check with your child’s school or your local library to see if they have any programs for donating artwork.
10. Mail it away to relatives that live far away
If you have relatives that live far away, you can always mail them some of your child’s artwork. They would love to get a piece of artwork from their favorite little artist! This is also a great way to keep in touch with distant relatives. You can even make it into a tradition. Every time your child completes a new piece of artwork, you can mail it off to a different relative. They’ll love getting these little pieces of art in the mail, and your child will love knowing that their artwork is being enjoyed by people they care about. Have the relative take a photo of the artwork on display in their home to share with your child.
Whatever you decide to do with your child’s artwork, just know that it is a precious keepsake that you will cherish for years to come.