Preschool artwork straddles the line between clutter and keepsake; however, there are solutions to keep unwieldy piles at bay. A three-tiered approach of displaying art will not only help your child feel special, but will also begin to train him in the process of decision-making and organising.
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Things you need
- Box of paper protective sleeves
- 9.5 x 12 inch poster board
- Self-adhesive magnetic circles
- 3-inch, three-ring binder with view front
- 3 x 2 foot cork board
- 1 ½ yards of fabric
- 10 feet of ribbon
- Foam shapes and letters
- Hot-glue gun
- Set of two eye hooks and screws
- Decorative push pins
Select one drawing a week for the coveted spot on the refrigerator, and display it within a custom art frame to avoid the cluttered, haphazard look. Trace a 7.5 by 10 inch rectangle within a 9.5 x 12 inch poster board. Cut out and discard the centre to create a frame.
Use the glue gun to attach one clear paper protector along the back of the frame, centring it around the opening. Attach the self-adhesive magnetic circles on all four corners of the poster board.
Label the front of the frame with your child's name by attaching the foam letters across the top. Use additional foam shapes or stickers for decoration. Slide artwork into the clear sleeve on the back for displaying.
Display other favourite new drawings in the child's room on her own decorated cork board. Involve your child in the process of picking out fabric, ribbon and embroidery patches or foam shapes from the fabric store, so that it will represent her choices.
Lay the fabric across the front of the cork board, trimming the edges to one inch around the cork interior. Fold the extra inch of fabric around each side, fastening with pins. Iron the fabric to erase any wrinkles, and then iron the fold marks carefully into a crease.
Align the fabric onto the cork board again, pulling it flat to ensure each side lines up perfectly with the edge. Staple the material directly onto the cork every about every 4 inches, starting with the shorter 2 foot sides. Begin stapling on the outer edges of each side and work inward.
Use a hot glue gun to attach decorative ribbon and foam shapes around the edges of the board directly on top of the staple marks, and then label the top with your child's name. Screw the eye hooks into the top of the frame, and hang on her wall. Now, your child can display other favourite artwork in her own room in an organised and decorative way.
Involve your child in moving retired art pieces to his own art binder, keeping it out of the cluttered boxes where it will disappear into a black hole of storage. Help him to decorate a "cover title page" to display in the front of the binder. Insert a title into the side view to ensure optimal display on a bookshelf.
Slide retired artwork into page protectors before putting them in the binder. Organise the artwork chronologically or by topic.
Ask your child to dictate stories for the artwork, and include his tales on the back of each piece of art along with the date. This will capture his creativity within a book you will be proud to display, providing your future teenager with laughs for years to come.
Tips and warnings
- If you select a patterned fabric for your cork board display, centre the pattern before trimming the edges around the board.
- For safety from the push-pins, evaluate the age of all the children in your house before determining how high to hang the cork board.
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