It's wonderful to have kids in your life that are budding artists: to have entryways, hallways, fridges, and bedroom walls decorated with paintings and drawings made by little hands. But what about when they come home from school with art can't be hung on a wall or stuck to the fridge? Where does a parent put artwork that is 3D? Here are five display options worthy of your kids' masterpieces...
1. Ditch the frame for a wire. Cotton ball and macaroni art has trouble squeezing behind glass, but something like the Dignitet system from IKEA will leave plenty of room for 3D projects pasted to paper. A simple string will work, too, as seen in the top image fromA Little Delightful.
2. If they aren't too big, and you can punch a hole in them, turn them into an ornament for the Christmas tree. This super cute heart ornament was designed for Valentines Day, but can't you imagine the pride your child would feel, having something they made on display for the holidays?
3. A year-round solution for hanging small crafts would be to put them on a mobile. You could make your own out of wire, a stick, or a coat hanger, or invest in a ready-made one with clips like this copper option from Kikkerland that's just $10. The clips mean you can switch out old homemade treasures for new ones!
4. If you really want to hang them on the wall, then why not pop their crafts inside a shadow box? These are homemade out of regular boxes with a little paint and glitter, but you could buy a readymade shadow box with a glass front so that you could switch out the display from time to time. Shadow boxes are available in the framing sections of most major craft stores and department stores.
5. If all else fails and you really don't want to keep that hippopotamus on a painted plate around the house forever, you could photograph it and pop it in a book. This awesome one was actually made using a Shutterfly template created by Liz of paislee press.
And of course, you can always give the art projects to grandparents, right? They always seem excited to receive this stuff! (You might want to pass this post along to them, too.)