Monday, March 18, 2013

5 Tips for Creating An Art Wall

We love our kitchen nook and being together as a family in this space. Today, I thought that I would share with you 5 Tips for Creating An Art Wall!

tips for creating a kid's art wall

Tip #1 - Supplies
You can definitely go with a simple nail and string do it yourself system. With five kids on the premises we decided to go with a more durable pre-made system by picking up some wire hangers at our nearby IKEA store. Each set comes with a long wire and two separate anchors. I could have installed one set (being connected with one wire) by purchasing these instead of buying 3 whole sets. At the time I wasn't planning on doing three rows and one was added later when we realized that we needed extra space and had enough room to go up one more length. IKEA also sells clips with hooks that work GREAT to hang things up.

Tip #2 - Let each of your kids pick a few pieces (based on your space) to start the display. 
Our kids each have about 2-3 of their own pieces displayed at a time. My fridge would never be able to fit all of that on it!

Tips #3 - When your child wants to put a new piece up have them decide which piece of theirs they want to take down.
In our house, whatever kids take down can either be kept in their personal boxes in their room or the item goes into the trash. I am amazed at how willing they are to throw things out and I am glad that we are starting this process young. It is, after all, a life long process of things coming in and out of your home. I do grab some things along the way and save them in my own special box for the kids when they get older. However, for the most part, this is just a revolving art display and then we don't get the clutter involved with piles of papers lying around the house.

creating a kids art wall

Tip #4 - Don't take all of the art work down at once. 
At one point I decided to take down all of the art work to try and encourage them to fill it back up with new things. However, the wall was blank and ugly for a few weeks until new creations gradually went up to fill the space. This is another reason why I like the idea of replacing one piece at a time, which has really worked for us!

Tip #5 - Continually praise your kids for their creativity! 
We try to make it a big deal every time they bring something home or create a piece that they are excited to put up on the art wall for everyone to see. This really reminds us to tell them how proud we are of them in all that they do!

How do you hang your child's art? Is the fridge your favorite spot or do you have a different place that works better in your home?

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10 comments:

  1. Love that idea for an art wall!
    My granddaughter loves to paint with me. This would be a fun way to keep her treasures.
    Have a great day!
    Deb@LakeGirlPaints

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    1. Deb,

      That is so great that your granddaughter gets to be creative right along side of you. What a blessing!

      ~Sarah

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  2. What an adorable art wall. I've been trying to figure out where I can add one in our house. I love that this one is simple and beautiful. Great tips too!

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    1. Thanks Sam! I love the playroom wall ideas that you just posted about. The one with the toy car storage is so clever. And your Playroom tour...adorable! :-)

      ~Sarah

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  3. I like the idea of letting the child pick what goes up and what goes down off the wall display. That way they have some control! Stopping by from Inspire Me Please Blog Hop.

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  4. I love your tips! I just created a custom bulletin board for my son's art, which I also linked to Emily's kids' spaces link-up. I am so glad I did--you've totally inspired me to continue my son's display space!

    If you have a chance, check my post out: http://mysuperbia.blogspot.com/2013/07/kids-art-display-diy-geometric-cork.html

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    1. Lisa,

      I checked out your board and it looks great! :-)

      ~Sarah

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