Little artists can be so prolific, creating paintings, drawings, and collages faster than you can figure out what to do with them. Rather than letting the works of art that don't make it onto a refrigerator door gather dust in a closet, devise a system of displaying and storing them. One good solution is to label mailing tubes, available at office-supply stores, by semester or year, and fill with rolled-up stacks of artwork. Read on for more ideas.
A collage of your child's best works will brighten up the area above your desk or a hallway or staircase. Spread a sheet of acid-free paper on the backing piece of a picture frame, and then arrange your favorite drawings or paintings in place, overlapping them slightly, until you find an arrangement you like. Affix the artwork in place with archival quality double-sided tape. Sandwich the paper and art between the backing piece and the glass, and then close the frame.
A portfolio lets kids organize their art from the current school year and keeps it from getting damaged. To make the portfolio, cut a 40-by-32-inch mat board (available in art-supply stores) in half crosswise; bind the two pieces together on three sides using paper tape. For the label, write the name lightly in pencil, then affix self-adhesive label dots. The slim portfolio can easily be stored behind a dresser or sofa.