Harper regularly comes home from nursery with handfuls of artwork. It’s great that she loves it so much while she’s there (as she is quite reluctant to do any painting with me at home!), but I’m never quite sure what to do with it all. Now, don’t get me wrong here, I’m not saying that I keep everything she does like some crazy hoarder – don’t tell her this, but the random ‘sculptures’ she makes by sticking together stuff from the recycling bin always end up getting re-recycled.
We used to put all her paintings on the wall but after filling up three walls of our dining room and it feeling like we were living in a classroom I decided to find another home for them. We have downscaled the art display to pegging the latest ones onto a string of fairy lights as I do feel it’s important that she feels like her work is being displayed somehow.
For the rest, I decided to create a simple scrapbook of artwork that she can look back on and be proud of when she’s older.
You will need:
- Children’s artwork
- 2 x A3 card
- Duct tape
- Front cover decorations – pom poms, paint, sequins, cellophane wrap
- Sticky backed plastic
1. Separate out your paintings into size – I had a mix of A3 and A4 and made 3 books in total.
2. Cut the book’s front and back covers out of card to the same size as the artwork. Decorate the covers with paint, sequins, pom poms – whatever you fancy. For the star cover below, I put sequins in between the card and clear cellophane and secured the cellophane on the inside covers with sellotape. For the other book covers, once I’d finished my design I covered them with sticky backed plastic to protect them a little from wear and tear.
3. Join the covers together with duct tape along one of the shorter sides. Leave approximately a 1cm gap between the covers to allow for a spine.
4. On the inside of the front and back cover, glue in a piece of artwork. Tuck the rest of the artwork between the covers making sure they are all straight. Close the front cover and mark four holes along the duct tape spine. Hole punch the spine.
5. Take a length of string and, starting at the bottom hole, take the string from back to front and around the spine and through to the front again. Move up to the next hole and repeat. Once you’ve done all four holes, work your way back down the spine, ending where you started. Tie the loose ends of string together at the back.
We’d love to know how you display your kids artwork – do you hang it, stick it in a book or ‘recycle it!’. Let us know by leaving a comment below!
~ Laura xx ~