One parenting conundrum that seems timeless: the search for creative ways to display kids’ artwork. From the preschool doodles and finger paint portraits to the kindergarten collages, to the papier maché sculptures that would look just perfect…where, exactly?

I get it! While our own school year has barely begun, I’m already feeling overwhelmed by all my son’s artwork that’s coming home So I’ve been researching all the various ways to display kids’ artwork so that it looks clean and cohesive. As in, not the mess currently tacked all over my refrigerator door.

While we’ve covered all sorts of photo gifts to help you preserve one or two favorites, these are some of my favorite ideas for wrangling the entire influx of artwork. Because it never ends. (And we love it!)

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Hang kids’ artwork, museum style

Creative ways to display kids' artwork: Kids' art gallery wall | Design Improvised

I’ve always loved the look of gallery walls, but I’ve never quite had a big enough kids’ art collection to make one myself. Well, now that my son has started preschool, I think I could make one of these awesome kids art gallery walls in every room now. Check Design Improvised for the tutorial and some really great tips!dd

Create a rotating gallery of kids’ artwork with clothespins

Creative ways  to display kids' artwork: Clothesline photo display | Fresh Crush

If you’re wondering how to display your kids’ artwork in a less permanent way, check out this clothesline display of kids’ artwork at Fresh Crush, which is designed to hold a changing rotation of your current faves. Once you’ve replaced one round of art with another, consider digitizing the old pictures or turning them into a keepsake photo book — more on that below.

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Make a collage of favorite kids’ artwork: 4 cool options

Creative ways  to display kids' artwork: Collage poster | Simply Create Kids

The folks at Simply Create Kids designed this collage poster to be a major space saver, but it happens to look sophisticated, too. Plus, you get to pick your own layout and caption for your kids’ “collection.” So cute!

Creative ways to display children's artwork: Photograph them and turn into a frameable poster like this heat collage from Minted

Similarly, we’ve been longtime fans of the heart photo collage print from Minted, which they’ve now updated with custom captions! Turn each of your child’s favorite pieces, from the scribbles to the masterpieces, into photos, then add captions like “Emma’s first happy face” to “kindergarten self-portrait.”

Extra-cool: Use code B2SCHOOL30 for 30% off all photo gifts right now through Weds, 8/29/18. Hurry!

Creative ways to display kids' artwork: Itsy Artwork will turn it into your own state shape collage

While Itsy Art offers some more standard, grid-like collage posters for displaying kids artwork if you want something a little more fun and creative, check out their state collage poster.

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Creative ways to display kids' artwork: Incorporate abstracts into a name collage from Itsy Art

From Itsy Art, I also love the name artwork display and thumbprint kids’ art collages which are fantastic ways to display your kids’ more abstract artwork and preserve the essence of them, if not the entire gigantic posters they’ve brought home.

Frame kids’ artwork on the fridge

Creative ways  to display kids' artwork: DIY magnetic refrigerator art frame tutorial via Positively Splendid
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We’ve slid into a kind of chaotic-chic aesthetic at my house, which is a nice way of saying our fridge magnets are working overtime and clutter abounds. So I was happy to find this idea for making your own magnetic refrigerator art frames at Positively Splendid, which is a (much) more organized play on the same idea. In fact, I feel more relaxed just looking at it. Outer order, inner calm, y’all.

Make a magnetic display of kids’ artwork

Creative ways to display kids' artwork: Turn them into a set of small magnets from Canvas Pop

You can also turn those works of art into mini works of art with Canvas Pop magnets. Our editor Liz has a set of these that she loves (though they’re currently lined up along a magnetic knife block instead of her fridge door, which isn’t magnetic.)

Have a professional photo book made from your kids’ art

Creative ways to display kids artwork: Plum Print will make professional photo albums when you send them a box of your kids' artwork, including 3D pieces

Plum Print is one of the original services allowing you to ship your artwork out, and have it come back as a beautiful hardcover or softcover photo book. It’s particularly nice that they’ll allow you to ship out 3D artwork as well, like small sculptures or those landscapes made with cotton ball clouds.
And we love that you get 50% off a duplicate book, because you totally know the grandparents will want one too.
Extra cool: Plum Print is partnering with Garnet Hill on a positive back-to-school initiative to help fund the Kids In Need Foundation. If you share a back-to-school photo on social, tag it with with #GHBackpackGiveBack, and for every photo, $10 will be donated to the organization.
 

Make a DIY photo book from your kids’ art

Creative ways to display kids' artwork: Digitize it and make a custom photo album, like this one from Shutterfly

I really love the layout of this Shutterfly mini masterpieces photo book. It includes a spot for a picture of your child and artist bio, plus multiple idea pages to let kids add more art even after it’s printed. Choose between hardcover, softcover, and premium leather. You do the work, but the price is pretty fantastic. And of course, there are other sizes. Because, it’s Shutterfly.

Extra-cool: Right now save 50% off your order through 9/4/18 with code SAVE50. Whoo!

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Digitize + catalog your kids artwork on your phone

Creative ways to display kids' artwork: Use the Artkive concierge service to catalog and digitize all your kids' artwork, then turn it into a custom album!

If you’re really strapped for time (or organization just truly isn’t your thing), consider the Artkive app. We’ve loved the way it allows you to catalog all your kids’ artwork, sorting by child’s name and grade. And now they have a concierge service for busy parents (like what Plum Print offers), which will digitize all the artwork for you with professional photos — yay for good lighting! — and turn it into a beautiful photo book

Put your favorite pieces in the box they send you, mail it back, and they’ll send you a photo book featuring up to 200 pieces of artwork that you can help edit.

The best part is that all the work is also now saved on your Artkive app which you can save, share, download — you name it.

Embroider it

Creative ways to display kids' artwork: This extraordinary embroidered memories collage by Pillar Box Blue

I’m in awe of this embroidered memories collage featured on Pillar Box Blue. It’s such a sweet, creative way to honor and preserve your kids’ art — at least if you’re a really crafty parent. The hours of fine detailing might not be in everyone’s wheelhouse, but if you’re a creative, ambitious parent with some free time (waiting in the carpool line, perhaps?), follow her instructions and tips and you’ll end up with a gorgeous heirloom for your entire family.

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