14 Things To Do With Childrens’ Artwork

things to do with childrens artwork

Elliott comes home with artwork almost every day and then there’s the artwork he does when he’s at home. Apart from the paper with a little bit of scribble, I’ve kept quite a lot of it. I’ve come to the realization that I simply cannot maintain the keeping of every single piece of artwork. For a long time I wanted to think that I’d keep almost everything and couldn’t understand why parents seemed so keen to throw artwork away. Now I understand.

So I’ve been looking into some ideas that are going to hopefully help me with the process of deciding what to keep and what to throw and then what to do with them once I’ve done the cull. I still haven’t quite decided what I’m going to do yet, probably a selection of these great ideas.

14 Things to do with childrens’ artwork

1. Your child’s favourite artwork

Have your child choose their favourite artwork of the day/week/month/year so you aren’t the one throwing the artwork away. Pick one and frame it. Frame a new piece each month. How proud will they be!?

2. Box it

Create a box that you fill with the best of your children’s artwork. Before putting the artwork into the box, write their name on it and the date. When it’s full, go through the box and throw away the ones not good enough to keep. But how do you know which ones are good enough to keep?

3. It’s gotta have meaning

Always opt to keep artwork with meaning, artwork that shows imagination and experiences or that includes handwriting. If your child has drawn a picture of the family with legs coming out of their heads, a picture of a camping trip, or has written their own name for the first time, these are the pieces to keep and are much better than keeping a worksheet or a colouring in page.

4. Take a photograph

Take a picture of your child/ren with their artwork so you can see them growing along with their artistic skills and then throw the artwork away (minus the few good enough to keep).

5. Collage it

At the end of each year, cut down the artwork into ones that have some substance and make a collage, frame it and hang it.

6. Use an App

Use the Artkive app to take photos of your children’s artwork which will then be saved to your Smartphone. You can then tag names, dates and descriptions using the app. The app even allows you to select images and print out a book. No need to keep heaps of bulky artwork with this app.

7. Same type of artwork? Pick one.

If you see the same type of artwork in one week or month, pick the best and turf the rest.

8. None of the bulky stuff

Avoid keeping anything that’s bulky and hard to store. Consider taking a photo of it instead.

9. Photobook it

Take photos of the artwork instead and create a photo book using one of the many photo book companies.

10. Screensaver it

Take photos of the best artwork and use as a screensaver.

11. Expanda file it

Use an expanda file and allocate each section for a year. Once it becomes too full, sort it and cull.

12. Make a calendar

Make a calendar with a company like Vistaprint, using a piece of artwork for each month’s images.

13. Create an art gallery

Allocate a wall in your home as an art gallery. Use frames, string or wire to hang your children’s favourite artwork for the month. Any artwork that doesn’t make the gallery goes to the bin.

14. Frame it

Buy a frame that will hold multiple pieces of paper. Frame the artwork and as your child creates new artwork for the frame, add it to the front. When there are several pieces in there, hole punch them and put them in a folder labeled with the year.

How do you decide what to keep or toss? What do you do with the artwork you do keep?

Today I’m linking up with Essentially Jess for IBOT


Eva Lewis (The Multitasking Woman)

Eva Lewis (The Multitasking Woman)

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  1. June 23, 2015 / 8:17 am

    Love the photobook and app ideas! Another good one is to use it as wrapping paper for small gifts 🙂

  2. June 23, 2015 / 8:19 am

    I’m going to check out that app, we’re drowning in attwork at the moment!!

  3. June 23, 2015 / 8:20 am

    I’m going to check out that app, we’re drowning in artwork at the moment!!

  4. June 23, 2015 / 8:46 am

    I use it as wrapping paper – haven’t purchased any in 10 or more years!

  5. June 23, 2015 / 12:57 pm

    I always have to do the artwork cull when the kids aren’t around because they want to keep everything. If there is something I really want to keep I usually snap it up quickly and either hang it up or file it in a big box with their name and date written on the back. These are great ideas!

  6. June 23, 2015 / 3:00 pm

    Great tips. We have sooo much art about the place and I feel guilty recycling it. Do you happen to know if Artkive print to Australia yet? The last time I looked, they didn’t so was looking for another app.

  7. June 23, 2015 / 6:50 pm

    I did toss plenty of artwork, but the I did keep a good selection and have stored them in one of those vacuum bag thingies, so the big pile was sucked down to a much more manageable size and they are well protected. Will be getting them out for their 21st birthdays and that is not that far away for my eldest. xx N

  8. June 23, 2015 / 8:48 pm

    Thanks for all these ideas, your post is great timing as we are about to move house and I need to tackle all the art work!

  9. June 24, 2015 / 7:37 am

    We get flooded by artwork too and there’s some really great ideas here! I have a wall full of art in Little Vick’s room. It’s kinda custom made wall paper! I also use it for wrapping paper x

  10. June 24, 2015 / 8:19 pm

    Thanks for these ideas! This is already an issue at ours and set to get bigger as the twins grow. Today at Miss Ps kindy, I looked in her folder to see it piled full of artwork for me to take home and I hastily put it back on the shelf!! Couldn’t cope with the idea of brining it home. But all these ideas are good inspirations for ways to deal with it. Thanks!

  11. June 26, 2015 / 7:04 am

    That app sounds genius. We have so much artwork floating around

  12. June 29, 2015 / 5:24 pm

    we are at the beginning of our artwork journey so thanks for the tips! The photo idea and asking them to choose what their favourite is are my favourites

  13. July 24, 2015 / 7:32 pm

    I recently sorted through a box of stored artwork and found one with a freckle glued to it! Two year old hairsprayed freckle still looked pretty good 😉