One thing I've realised about kids that I'm sure most parents could relate to, is that they produce a huge amount of artwork! Of course, I treasure each and every piece (well, pretty much) - but if you don't have somewhere to display it, or a system to organise all the pieces, it can feel like it's taking over the house. I have to admit, it is taken me a while to figure out an artwork display and storage system that really works for me.
The first thing I knew I wanted to do was display the art-pieces my son creates, so he could feel proud of what he has done and show it off to family and friends. A few months ago, I bought this cork-board from the local dollar store. I think it was about $12-$15. This one from Ikea is another goodie - great size and price. I covered the edges of the board with Scotch tape, which I have used before on my monthly meal planner. At some stage, I might cover the entire board with fabric so you can't see the cork, but the artwork mainly hides it, so all good for now.
I tried to pick a variety of art to go on display e.g. painting, watercolour, finger-painting, drawing, cut and paste etc. The pieces that don't get pinned up are stored in a special folder, which I will share the details of in an upcoming post. I know when my boy starts kinder, the artwork will only increase, so I'm trying to get the whole organising process down pat now!
We recently hung the display board on the back of my son's bedroom door when we were re-jigging some other frames in the hallway. But I wasn't happy with it there, as no-one looks on the back of a door! This meant some rearranging of his photo gallery wall, which was looking a bit cluttered anyway.
The first step was to remove all the pictures off the wall, place them on the floor and try out some different arrangements. It is definitely a good idea to test out various combinations before you start banging nails into the wall! First I tried the board in the middle....
Then to the left. This was working better for me, but the bottom picture's creamy frame needed to be swapped out for a white one to tie in with the others.
This is the final arrangement I decided upon, after omitting a few frames. This seemed like a more balanced look. I love the beautiful painting that my mum did of my son looking out the window. The balloons over the sea was a lovely first birthday gift from my sister, and the other photos are special memories of us with our favourite boy. He loves looking at the pictures and talking about them!
A little thing that was irritating this organisational-nut-mama were all the different coloured drawing pins...
They got swapped out for white drawing pins which made everything look a lot cleaner and neater.
I got my husband to do the nailing - even though I'm not bad with a hammer, I knew he would do a better job than me!
The last trick with creating a gallery wall is to use a spirit level to get all the frames dead straight, then place a small piece of blu-tack in each of the bottom corners to keep them in place. I find if I don't do this, they [mysteriously] move around and go all crooked.
Finished product! Love that the artwork is clearly on display, and my son was suitably impressed too!