Every year I find myself in a dilemma about what to do with the mass amounts of paper and art projects my kids bring home from school. Moms, you know what I’m talking about. As soon as the kitchen counter is semi-cleared from a pile of worksheets, graded tests, drawings, paintings and collages (half of which are on that extra-large manila paper that doesn’t fit in anything!) another pile is emptied onto the counter at 3 PM.
Most of it goes in the trash after a quick look. Worksheets and such aren’t usually a big deal for the kids to throw away but artwork is another story. Each piece is precious to them. Don’t get me wrong, I love my kids’ masterpieces as much as the next mom and we simply can’t keep it all. Otherwise I would have sent up rescue flares from the middle of it long ago.
I wanted to find a way to display the kids’ artwork to enjoy and so they would see that we value their creations even though we can’t keep them all.
I was at my friend Renee’s house and saw that she had filled an entire wall in her kitchen with her children’s artwork along with each child’s school photo framed in simple, white frames. I loved it and decided to steal her idea and make it my own. (Thanks for the inspiration Renee’!)
Since we already have several portraits of the kids on the wall nearby, I opted for silhouettes instead. This was about the same time I began experimenting with block printing, so I made block prints of their silhouettes.
I love how it turned out! The frames are part of a new frame line we started offering last year and they are the perfect fit for the look I was going for. Plus, because of the way they’re assembled, it’s quick and easy to replace with updated pieces. I plan to switch out the artwork every couple of months. Another win, the kids love it and are so proud to have their artwork framed on the wall!
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