Childs Art to ART 18 Pictures into 2

Child’s Art into ART!

Display your child’s art!

How do you display your kid’s art?  I absolutely love it when my kids draw, color, and create.  Some pictures hang on the fridge or are stored in a file, but I wanted something classy {{less cluttered}} to display their best projects.  I know there are hundreds of fantastic ways to display art.  Missy is actually going to do a post on more ways to display kid’s art tomorrow morning:)   If you’ve got an idea, send it over and we’ll include it in the list (as long as you aren’t selling anything).

Here is my tutorial on 18 pictures to 2… art-display-2

1.  I loved this picture that my 5 year old drew.  The shoes and the long hair…  Anyways, watch for her and see her shrink!

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2.  I scanned her in.  If you don’t have access to a scanner, Fred Myer has some in their electronic department that you can use.  Just drop your kids in their play land and scan away!  It costs about $4 for a CD and it will hold a ton of scans!

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3.  Here she is on the screen:)  If you have photoshop or some other picture correction program, now is the time to use it!  I did increase the saturation colors a little bit so it didn’t look washed out.

4.  I shrunk the pictures down to 1 x 2.  A tad larger than a thumbnail.  art-display-4

5.  I scanned, saturated, and shrunk 9 of my favorite pictures that she created.  I even had her write her name and added it to the bottom just like a real artist would do:) {{Can you still see the black haired beauty?}}

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6.  The size I needed to fit my frame would print on one normal paper…so here’s a picture of my printer doing what she does best!

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7.  Here is another one of my favorites…in class they needed to take the letter ‘u’ and make it functional.   She made a flower bed.  LOVE IT!!!  How could I throw that away?

art-display-7 8.  I did it with my other daughter’s art projects too.  Wahoo…18 into 2!

**For a gift for their Grandparents we put all 18 pictures onto one and ordered a 16X20.  We found a big frame and the girls gave it to them…they loved it…I even thought I saw a tear in Grandpa’s eye!

Fun Stuff!

One more reminder about the list for tomorrow…we’d love to see or hear how you display your kid’s art.  Send over a link by shooting us an email or leave a comment on this post.

Childs Art to ART 18 Pictures into 2

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COMMENTS
  1. February 22nd, 2010 at 8:00 am
    Marci says:
    I love the way you displayed the artwork! Great job!!
  2. February 22nd, 2010 at 8:04 am
    Kelly says:
    We created an "art line" out of clothes line and fun binder clips to display my son's art. The line stretches around his room and creates a gallery feel. He can switch out the pieces as he sees fit.

    Here's a link: themillermix.blogspot.com/2009/12/wfmw-display-kid-art.html
  3. February 22nd, 2010 at 10:14 am
    TidyMom says:
    This is such a GREAT idea!!
  4. February 22nd, 2010 at 10:20 am
    Brass Paperclip says:
    What a cute idea - love the simplicity! My daughter has a whole wall of art I'd like to try this with so we can make some room for even more art!! :)
  5. February 22nd, 2010 at 10:32 am
    Kari @ Ucreate says:
    LOVE this way to display art!! So fab and I'll be featuring!
  6. February 22nd, 2010 at 10:51 am
    Laney says:
    I love this idea! As soon as we get our scanner set up, I am going to do this for their toyroom.
  7. February 22nd, 2010 at 11:27 am
    Kim says:
    We display several of our favorites on his door (using painters tape so it doesn't hurt the finish) or the fridge. When it's time to take them down I might put a few away for the scrapbook and he gets to pick some to send to his Grandparents who live out of state. They love getting a little something from him.
  8. February 22nd, 2010 at 3:17 pm
    April Driggers says:
    Oh I'm SO doing that this weekend!!! Love it!
  9. February 22nd, 2010 at 4:38 pm
    Jen says:
    Brilliant! Thanks for the tip about Fred Meyers. I had no idea!
  10. February 22nd, 2010 at 4:49 pm
    Melinda says:
    Oh I love this! What a great idea. I'm doing this next.
  11. February 22nd, 2010 at 6:00 pm
    Allison says:
    Cute idea! Will remember this for my grandchildren - when I get them!

    I hope you'll swing by AtticMag to tour my home.
    Allison
  12. February 22nd, 2010 at 7:28 pm
    Pegg says:
    Great idea. It's so hard to part with those fun pictures. I'll pass this along to my friends.
  13. February 22nd, 2010 at 8:44 pm
    Sarah H says:
    After my 4 yo decoupaged 15 artwork pieces to the fridge with a gluestick when we weren't paying attention (we had been complaining about them being all over the floor because the magnets fall off) we decided to get her a binder so she can put all her art together and we can keep it nice. I love the painter's tape idea! (And I took a pic of the decoupaged fridge...when she wasn't looking. Can't reward undesirable behavior but that had to be documented for posterity!)
  14. February 22nd, 2010 at 10:36 pm
    Beckie says:
    Acckkkk....how do you do it. One brilliant idea after another. I triple heart love your site.
  15. February 22nd, 2010 at 11:07 pm
    Molly @ thecreativemaven says:
    That is so precious - thanks for sharing! I need lots of ideas for inexpensive artwork for my son's room :)
  16. February 23rd, 2010 at 7:46 am
    Phyllis says:
    I love this idea. I will definitely be telling people about it and your site!
  17. February 23rd, 2010 at 9:18 am
    Kasey @ All Things Mamma says:
    What a great idea! My daughter is constantly drawing pictures and I never know what to do with them all! I'm going to try this for sure!
  18. February 23rd, 2010 at 12:31 pm
    Johanna says:
    I do something very similar! I call it a gallery-poster of kids artwork. Mine would be for the less DIY types like you, since it's a "service" I offer! I include a place where kids can write (or parents record) what they were thinking when they made this artwork. Truly, so important to display their masterpieces! We also did a grandparents one.
    www.etsy.com/shop/simplycreate
  19. February 24th, 2010 at 1:44 pm
    Julia says:
    Terrific idea! I always intend to scan/photograph the best artwork, but maybe this will propel me to actually get it done!
  20. February 24th, 2010 at 10:35 pm
    Stylin' Binders says:
    Love this! I never know what to do with all my kids stuff. I usually sneak their art into the trash and the kids get upset.
  21. February 24th, 2010 at 11:56 pm
    Tammy says:
    I've hung my kids art all over my garage walls and it's great - especially for oversized pieces! Makes a drab space come alive & since we use it as our entrance though most of the year, it's very nice. Now that they're teens, we still have work up that they made in elementary school - fun to look at.

    I wish I had heard of this idea when my kids were little!! Maybe I will grab some of my favorites and still do it - I think they would like to get one of these framed collages as a gift.
    Thanks for the idea!
  22. February 25th, 2010 at 4:16 am
    Sarah says:
    This is such a G.R.E.A.T. idea. I will keep in mind for when this little one is older. Will have to print else where to fit a 12 x 12...
  23. February 26th, 2010 at 4:44 pm
    Tiffany H says:
    Love this idea! Such a great gift for the grandparents!
    -Tiff
  24. February 27th, 2010 at 10:04 pm
    Stephanie says:
    i just made one of these using my step-daughter's drawings. thanks for the great idea. i can't wait to hang it up :)
  25. February 28th, 2010 at 4:09 pm
    Elizabeth says:
    I love this idea! I have boxes and boxes of artwork from my boys (with loads more to come down the years as the younger ones grow up). This is such a great project.
  26. February 28th, 2010 at 7:38 pm
    Julia says:
    Hi. We recently posted about something similar, and I'd love to post your tutorial! Please let me know if you have a problem with me posting one of the photos and linking to your tutorial. Thanks.
  27. March 2nd, 2010 at 9:28 pm
    Melissa says:
    What a fantastic idea! Thank you!!!
  28. March 3rd, 2010 at 10:05 am
    Dawn says:
    What a fantastic idea! Thanks for sharing!
  29. March 5th, 2010 at 1:33 pm
    Mary Williams says:
    I featured this on my Friday Favorites!!!! Love it!!!
    http://lilbitofus.blogspot.com/2010/03/happy-friday-everyone-have-i-told-you.html
  30. March 21st, 2010 at 11:20 pm
    Aimee says:
    I just love these... brilliant idea!
  31. March 22nd, 2010 at 11:46 am
    Kelly says:
    I just love this. I had thought of scanning my son's art, but I would never have thought of creating such a beautiful framed piece. Thank you for the great idea!
  32. April 19th, 2010 at 7:24 pm
    Kelli says:
    In our playroom I used some old metal thin curtain rods that we no longer had use for. I attached them to the top of our chalkboard wall and purchased curtain ring clips for each side. I attach my kids art to the clip and change them around as needed. It just adds to the playroom.
  33. May 12th, 2010 at 1:01 pm
    Amyjoy Price says:
    Hi. I LOVE the kids' art picture idea. I want to do the larger one but do not know where to have it printed or how. Can you steer me in the right direction?

    Thanks!
    Amyjoy
    • May 12th, 2010 at 1:05 pm
      Alison says:
      Try Vista Prints or Costco:) I did both and loved it!
  34. June 12th, 2010 at 6:10 pm
    Lila says:
    What a great idea. I can't wait for my daughter to start producing more works of art so that I can do this! Thanks.
  35. July 17th, 2010 at 12:31 pm
    Mary Ann says:
    I have two grown children and one still in high school. I had kept a great deal of their art work especially in elementary school, but I was running out of space. I took pictures of the each artwork and made a photobook with all of their work in one of them. So, I ended up with three photobooks, one for each child. I look back at each one and remember it in a loving way and the age they were when they created each piece. The teachers always had them sign their names along with placing the date on the front. I loved the way that they turned out. Bonus, I got rid of three large boxes and have 3 small 4 by 5 albums.
  36. September 9th, 2010 at 9:18 pm
    Teresa V says:
    I love this project. How do you merge the pictures in photoshop or and editing?
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