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Can’t Bear To Throw Your Kid’s Art Out? Here Are Six Clever Ways You Can Style And Repurpose Their Masterpieces.

With these hacks, you can avoid having an ’art attack every time you open your child’s school bag.

It’s a common belief that three things in life are certain — birth, death and taxes. But I’d like to update this to birth, death, taxes, and your child coming home from daycare with a backpack full of craft. The sheer volume of it can be overwhelming, especially if you’re a sentimental sucker like myself.

I’m the kind of person who has a memory box for each child, filled with everything from the ID ankle bracelet they had wrapped around their little foot at the hospital to every single birthday card they’ve ever received. My husband, on the other hand, is a ruthless minimalist who hates clutter and doesn’t think twice about throwing out the sacred, arty relics my daughters make at daycare. So we have to be strategic about what we keep because it comes in thick and fast — and they haven’t even started school yet!

Here are six clever ways to style your kids’ art around your house and in your life without it being naff — from tastefully curated displays to innovative keepsakes. These ideas ensure that every masterpiece finds its rightful place in your heart and home.

 

Use it as wrapping paper or for birthday cards

Nothing beats receiving a homemade card, fact! Especially if it’s from the tiny artist in your life. I keep a stash of my girls’ paintings and drawings, and whenever there’s a birthday, I’ll use them for the wrapping paper and the card. It’s such a cute, personal touch that always makes a lasting impression. It also means you don’t have to dash to the shops at the last minute to panic-buy supplies.

 

Create a celebratory feature wall for the ‘straight-to-the-pool room’ level of art

Look, I’ll be the first to admit that for every wonderful painting my kids do, I put about ten in the recycling (shh! Don’t tell them). But for the outstanding stuff, we hang it up on the white brick wall in our kitchen, almost like an at-home art gallery.
When it gets blue-tacked up, we make a huge deal of it, hyping them up so they feel really special. There’s something so cosy and joy-inducing about having a bright wall filled with my girls’ art up there, and it makes me smile every time I look at it.

 

Get it turned into jewellery or even a tattoo

To always keep a little piece of your babe with you, Melbourne-based jewellers Stevie & Sol turn your kid’s art into beautiful bespoke jewellery. Whether it’s a super cool monster they’ve dreamt up or the words “mama” in their adorable scrawl, this clever brother-sister duo creates custom, made-to-order pieces from your child’s original artworks.

All you have to do is snap a photo of your child’s masterpiece, upload it to their website, and choose the specifics, whether you want a rose-gold bracelet or a sterling silver necklace, and then they’ll do the rest. The jewellery is handmade with love and will last a lifetime.

 

 

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Or, if you’re really into one of your child’s illustrations, you could have it permanently etched onto you as a tattoo. I’ve seen a few parents do this and just love it. I’ve only recently popped my tattoo cherry, but I’m hooked, and the next ink I get will definitely be one of my girls’ cute little characters.

 

Frame it and make a feature wall

Life Uncut podcast host and mother of two Laura Byrne recently shared how she was styling her daughter Marlie-Mae’s paintings by framing a collection of her best work and hanging them up in her daughter’s bedroom, and we can’t help but want to do this too! Laura made a striking and unique feature wall in her daughter’s room by mixing Marlie-Mae’s impressive family portraits and several of her daughter’s original artworks with a curated selection of professional prints.The end result? Sublime!

 

 

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Display it in your office or nooks around your home

In my home office, I have a bulletin board with memories and photos that make me happy and motivate me. I’ve also added some of my daughter’s colourful paintings on the board, a profound picture she drew of “my mum and dad in the wave” and the first time she ever wrote her name. It adds a charming, personal touch and a warm energy to a space I spend a lot of time in.

 

Turn it into a coffee table book

Transforming your child’s artwork into a timeless treasure is easier than you think. With companies like Milk Books, Snapfish, and Once Upon, you can effortlessly turn those precious masterpieces into a stunning, one-of-a-kind hardcover coffee table book.

Sure, it takes a bit of extra legwork, but the effort is worth it. Imagine flipping through the pages of a beautifully crafted book, each illustration and painting capturing a moment in your child’s creative journey.

Not only does it add a bespoke and sentimental touch to your home, but it also serves as a heartwarming reminder of the joy and wonder of childhood. It’s a keepsake that the whole family can enjoy and reminisce over for years to come, preserving those fleeting moments in a tangible and unforgettable way.

 

Words by Bella Brennan

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