6 Design-Conscious Ways to Display Children’s Art
Don’t compromise your design style! Use these great display ideas to showcase your children’s heartfelt works of art.
1. Grid Wall
By hanging children’s art on a series of modern-looking metal or plastic grids, you can turn it into a designer-worthy focal point.
• What you’ll need: Children’s artwork, small metal clips with hooks, metal grids, nails, a hammer and a yardstick.
• Measure: Using a yardstick, mark the space where you’ll be hanging the grids. Metal or plastic grids can be found at home decor or hardware stores. Figure out how many you’d like to use based on the size of the space you have available.
• Hanging grids: Begin by hanging the first grid in the middle, then expand from there. Use finishing nails to secure grids to the wall.
• Display artwork: Use the metal or wood clips to hold the art pieces in place on the grids.
2. Slat Display Boards
Create a unique and beautiful rotating art display by using simple wood slats with attached clips.
• What you’ll need: Wood slats (cut to desired length), interior stain, stain brush, metal clips, hammer, nails, pencil and a measuring tape/yardstick.
• Stain wood: Choose a suitable stain color that matches the decor in your home and apply stain to the wood slats using the brush. Let the stained slats dry completely. For a more distressed look, lightly sand the stained slats lightly with a sander.
• Clip placement: Decide how many pieces of art you’d like to hang on your board, keeping in mind the paper size and orientation of the art. Measure the length of the board and then divide by the number of clips you’d like.
• Attach clips: Mark where the clips will be attached using a pencil. Then secure the clips to the wood slat with small nails and/or super glue.
• Hang boards on wall: Secure the boards to the wall with one or more saw tooth hanger, or a wire attached to the back.
• Arrange art: Add artwork using the clips and switch out as new pieces come in!
3. Gallery Wall
You may not believe this, but creating a gallery wall with your children’s artwork is easy! It will add a colorful and personal touch to any room. Keep things simple by using monochrome matted frames in various sizes — this will ensure the art is the focus.
• What you’ll need: Frames with mats in assorted sizes, measuring tape, hammer, nails and artwork.
• Visualize wall design: Frame the art and lay out your arrangement on the floor below the wall you intend to fill. This helps to visualize the width you are working with. You can also use exact measurements if you prefer — simply measure the wall space you have available and then outline the floor with blue tape before you start configuring the art.
• Hang the art: Begin by hanging one of the larger pieces. Make sure you are following the arrangement you laid out by measuring the distance between frames.
• Evaluate: After all of the frames are hung, step back and evaluate your work. Make any necessary adjustments until the wall feels balanced.
4. Framed Collage Art Print
For those short on wall space, consider consolidating multiple pieces of art into one large framed piece by making a collage print.
• What you’ll need: Large frame with mat, camera or mobile device, white board and children’s artwork.
• Photograph art: Place your chosen art pieces, one by one, on a white board in a well lit area. Using your phone or camera, take photos of each piece of art.
• Create collage and print: Transfer the images to your computer and create a collage to fit the size of your frame by using a photo editing program. You can either print the completed collage at home or send it to a local print shop for a more professional print.
• Frame and hang: Mount the print inside the matted frame and find the best spot to hang your new collage!
5. Clipboard Art Wall
Versatile and simple, this art display idea — made from rows of identical clipboards — offers a convenient and professional-looking way to showcase the constant flow of new artwork from your kids. For a more modern and colorful look, have the kids draw or paint a basic shape in various colors — one for each clipboard.
• What you’ll need: Clipboards, white cardstock and thumb tacks.
• Choose artwork: Decide what look you’re going for, which pieces of art to display and how they will be arranged. Once this is decided, you’ll know how many clipboards to get.
• Place clipboards: Once you’ve decided where the art wall will be located in your home, center your first clipboard and work your way up and out from there. Make sure the space between clipboards is even. Attach the clipboards to the wall by pushing a thumbtack through the hole on the rear of the clip.
• Add art: Clip your art pieces to the clipboards, easy peasy! Swap out the art whenever you feel the need.
6. Open Picture Ledges
If you like the look of a gallery wall but don’t like the permanence, consider displaying your child’s art on picture ledges instead.
• What you’ll need: Artwork, frames in various sizes, and two picture ledges.
• Install ledges: Hang ledges according to manufacturer instructions, preferably centered above a sofa, side table or other piece of furniture.
• Mix it up: For a look that is truly designer-worthy, choose frames and artwork in varying sizes and colors.
• Frame and arrange: Mount images in frames and arrange the art on the shelves. Adjust as needed until you find a layout you love.
• Keep it fresh: Swap out pieces of art as new ones are made to keep the display fresh.