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Monday, October 19, 2009

What to do with all that artwork that comes home from school.

In our house, every piece of artwork that comes home from school is a masterpiece. But, really how long can you display it on the fridge? And then what do you do with it?? If you're my sister, you throw it away. But if you're me you may try recycling a master piece or two only to be seen, three days later, sprinting to the sidewalk in your bathrobe at 6AM, to rescue that glorious assortment of finger paint from the bowels of the recycling bin just as it's about to be hurled into the back of a dump truck. (Our trash man has no patience for me). Here's a much better idea:


As you know, most of the artwork that comes home is themed for a specific season or holiday. Save the best of the best and store it along with your holiday decorations for that season. Then when you go to decorate you will have some darling, homemade touches that are oh, so sentimental. The kids love it because you're displaying their handiwork, and you don't have to keep them up all year. Everyone's happy. See the jack-o-lantern? Cole made that in kindergarten. Be sure to put names and dates on the back. Happy Fall!!

*This idea brought to you by Mom, who every Christmas hangs the cutest handprint Christmas tree from when my sister was in preschool...20 years ago.

3 comments:

Jennifer said...

Great idea! I'll have to remember that!
Instead of the fridge, my sister in law got a cute/cheap wrought iron curtain rod and hung it about midway down the wall on a large wall near their entryway. She put the ring clips on it and lets the kids choose which art work to hang each week. It's a great place where everyone can see it and low enough that the kids can change it out themselves. I know she saves some of their work...not sure how she uses it after that though.

lawtrix said...

I love this idea - and am waiting for the day that Lorin brings artwork home from school...

karen said...

that's a great idea. I'm ashamed at how much artwork I end up tossing in an attempt to "declutter" everything, I do save special things and sentimental stuff. Geez the random papers pile up quick, though! I'm intrigued and envious of your bonzai move to Mex (it is Mexico, isn't it)! Do keep us all posted on how everything is going down there. suerte...