Immortalize Kids’ Artwork Without Having to Actually Keep All of It

You want to be supportive of your child's artistic and creative ability, but there's no way you can keep all of that artwork. Before the pile gets out of hand, consider these ideas for immortalizing your child's creativity.

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Use an Art App

Some art apps, such as Keepy and Artkive allow you to save your kids’ artwork, schoolwork and important mementos. With Keepy, you can invite family and loved ones to be “fans” so they can see what your child is up to at home and at school. The app is available for both iOS and Android. With Artkive, they professionally photograph your child’s artwork and turn it into a keepsake book. Artkive is only available for iOS. Don’t start any home improvement project without these apps.

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Hang a Gallery Wall

Head to the dollar store, resale shop or craft store and pick up some inexpensive frames. Use the frames to showcase the artwork in a gallery wall in a child’s bedroom. Just swap out old artwork for new when you decide to change up the look. This is the easiest way to hang a gallery wall.

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Make a Portfolio

Purchase a portfolio or binder and go through the artwork with your child so they can pick out their favorite pieces. Use the folders to make a portfolio to showcase that year’s work. These 30 fantastic tips will help you get organized before back-to-school season.

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Turn it Into a Digital Album

It may take some time, but scan those individual pieces of artwork and upload them into a digital album or slideshow on your computer. Send a link to the online album to friends and family members to view.

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Hang on Rods

Try hanging artwork on tension rods with curtain clips. Amazon sells a few models which will allow you to swap old with new to create a new display as often as you’d like. These hanging hacks will make for picture perfect walls.

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Make Placemats

Have your child pick out some favorites and have those pieces laminated and use them as placemats. They will certainly spark some great dinner conversation.

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Wrap It

Use some larger pieces of artwork as wrapping paper. You can use smaller pieces as a greeting card. Try these 15 alternatives to ordinary wrapping paper.

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Display Cabinet Frame

Display your child’s masterpieces in a special cabinet frame. This frame holds up to 100 pieces of artwork and allows you to display the newest piece in the front. Here’s how to make a DIY picture frame with mitered corners.

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Send It

When it’s time to clear out some of those older pieces, send them to friends and family members. Grandma and Grandpa would certainly love to display some artwork on their refrigerator! Your postal carrier sees these 12 unusual things every day.

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Create a Photo Book

Turn those art projects into a photo album with Mixbook. With Mixbook, you can create layouts and designs and upload photos of art projects to create a book your child will love to look at for years to come.

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Store it in a Container

Have your child choose some of their best projects from each school year and keep them in a plastic container or bin. You can then label each bin with the school year so they are always able to look back and see how far they’ve come. Here are 20 clever household storage hacks you’ve got to try.

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Rachel Brougham
Rachel Brougham lived through a major home renovation in 2019, knows the ups and downs of home improvement, and loves sharing tips with readers. A veteran journalist of both print and television, she’s won several awards for her writing and has covered everything from the environment and education to health care, politics and food. She’s written for several publications beyond newspapers including Bob Vila, Taste of Home and Minnesota Parent, and she currently writes a weekly syndicated newspaper column. Her memoir, Widowland, about the sudden loss of her husband, was published in 2022. She specializes in everything from home decor and design to lawn and garden, product reviews and pet care. When she’s not writing, you can usually find her tending to her garden (both vegetables and native plants), playing with her dog, watching sports with her family or getting some exercise. A native of Michigan, she currently lives in Minneapolis. An avid user of Instagram, you can follow her @RachBrougham.