My son is three and is finally starting to show interest in art time (he loves painting). I figure when he starts Preschool in the fall he’ll have a bunch more art. Until then, we are practicing writing letters and do some art now and then. I wanted to add a place in his room to display his master pieces.
When I was in my 20’s I remember reading a home decor magazine that suggested framing cork and hanging it on the wall so you can easily switch out the art. I love that idea and finally made that happen!
- Corkboard (from Amazon for $8- you could also buy a thrift store one for probably $2)
- Mint Julep chalk paint
- Wax in clear (to “seal” the chalk paint)
I’m not a fan of the color of cork, so I painted the whole thing with chalk paint. It took two coats. Once it was dry, I added wax everywhere I had painted. I’ve painted lots of bulletin boards in my day and, in my experience, you can still use them as normal. To finish up the project, I hung the cork board on the wall with my son’s art.
I’m super happy with how it came out! I like how it adds a happy splash of color in a corner that used to be bare. My son likes that his art in on the wall, so I’d call that a win win!
other ideas for how to display kid art
I thought for this post, it’d be fun to include 14 other ways I found for how to display kid art. There’s a ton of really creative examples! I will definitely be copying a few of these when our art collection grows!
yellow washi tape frames
This kid art is held up with yellow washi tape that looks like picture frames! It adds a graphic punch and is such a fun way to show off the art! Via Childhood 101
yard stick art display
I am a fan of an organized way to hang art, plus this one includes a DIY so you can make one too! The art is hung with clothes pins so that it doesn’t get damaged. Via Momtastic
Shabby Chic custom frame
For a little girl’s Shabby Chic room, this mom customized a frame with cute fabric and lace. The result is the sweetest place to display art and photos! Via DIY Mommy
Thrift store frames
These yellow painted thrift store frames have a clothes line added so that art is easily added. I think the color is super fun in a kid’s room, but love that its cheap with easy customization! Via The Caterpillar Years
If you aren’t into DIY, this one is for you, because this is an item that’s for sale! Its a frame on a hinge so you can easily switch out the art! It costs between $30-$40 depending on the size you get. Via HearthSong
colorful art frame
Here is another frame that you can buy! I love the modern design and its available in a few colors! I think these little frames look stunning on the wall! Via Crinks Design
clipboards for art
Here’s another super simple option! Hang clipboards in a grid pattern and then easily add the art to the front of the clipboard. I like that you’d be able to have a bunch of art up at once! Via Home is What you Make it
We all know that kid art can quickly clutter up the front of the fridge (and make the rest of the kitchen feel messy). I love the idea of adding frames with magnets to make the kid art look refined! Via How Does She
Sometimes I see a simple option that looks good and realize that I probably make my life harder than it needs to be- lol! This play room has kid art hung with twine and clothes pins. Because why not keep it simple?! Via Design Improvized
customized twine board
If you love the twine idea, you can buy the cutest boards from Etsy! They’ll add the name or saying you want and the stain. Via Grow and Company
For this kid’s area, the art is framed in Ikea Ribba frames. I especially love the “create” letters that were painted by the kids! How fun is that playroom?! Via The Imagination Tree
giant bulletin board
This project involves power tools, but the idea is super simple. Use a giant bulletin board to display ALL the art. I especially love that sweet bunting at the top. Via Young House Love
Kids art display box
I LOVE this idea- it combines IKEA items (a box and a frame) to make a display box for art. It looks pretty because one piece of art is always on display, but there is tons of space to store a bunch of art for the little artist in your life! Via Ikea Hackers
Kids are Artists Vinyl
This one is more of something to add to where you display your art. Its a vinyl that says “Every Child is an Artist” and is the perfect finishing touch to your kid’s masterpieces. I love that sentiment! Via Bush Creative
I, for one, am super inspired after seeing all of the different ideas! I really do think all kids are artists (as the Picasso saying goes) and that nurturing creativity is an important part to their development. Which idea is your favorite?
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Audrey Johnson says
These are wonderful ideas. Many great ideas. Thanks for sharing them all.