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What to do with those art projects?


As the school year is winding down, you may realize that you have an overwhelming pile of art projects. These projects represent a moment in time that you treasure and may also want to share with your child as he or she gets older.  However, how do you save your child’s artistic treasures?Art project example

Here are five suggestions of how to keep art projects organized and saved:

  1. Purchase a Keepsake Portfolio: Lakeshore Learning offers a large, sturdy, customizable keepsake portfolio that I really like. It can be labeled with your child’s name and grade. It fits nicely on the top of a closet shelf.
  2. Designate a Space in the House: Of course, the refrigerator is a good place to showcase your child’s art. Or you can hang a large bulletin board in their room or playroom to display artwork.  Another idea is to hang a clothesline in a playroom area to hang projects. This Pinterest site offers many creative ways to display artwork at home.
  3. Art project exampleTake Photographs: Once you take photographs of the artwork, you can scan and store the artwork digitally, and create a photo book, calendar, or note cards. These make excellent gifts for special holidays including Mother’s Day, Father’s Day, and Christmas. Here are some suggestions from Snapfish on how to get creative with your child’s artwork.
  4. Create a Scrapbook: If you’re into scrapbooking, integrate your child’s schoolwork and artwork, along with photographs, to help capture the year. This is another wonderful way to save these timeless treasures.
  5. Get social: You can also feature a Facebook or blog page dedicated to your child’s art as a digital library for yourself, your child, and family and friends.


Hopefully this will help you protect your child’s artwork. Let us know your favorite or suggest additional ideas by responding to this post.

Contributing Writer

contributor-trisha-smallTrisha Thomas is the mother of two and serves on the board of directors at a co-op preschool. She has also been a marketer of educational materials for grades PreK–8 for more than 15 years.

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