So with school starting up again, we’re faced with the never-ending dilemma. What on earth do we do with all the projects and papers they bring home?
How do you decide which of your kids’ projects to keep? I tend to favor the ones where I can see my kids’ creativity. Some projects come home and you can tell the teacher told them mostly what to do. But some really seem to show their uniqueness, so I try to keep those first and go from there.
There are many different ideas for how to display the artwork your kids do bring home. This frame is pretty cool – I like that you can pop it open from the front and just put the next masterpiece right on top of the rest without having to reframe anything.
But this next idea just makes me happy. It’s easy. It’s cheap. You can change it up quickly and swap things out during the year if you want.
Yes! You eat on it! Here’s how to do it without ruining everyone’s projects.
How to Display Kids Artwork:
- children’s artwork (if you have more than one child, make sure you have an equal number of everyone’s projects, or feature a different child each month)
- measuring tape
- clear vinyl
Measure your table. Add 4 inches to each side, so your tablecloth has extra room. Take your measurements to a store that sells fabric like JoAnn’s. In with the bolts of fabric will be rolls of vinyl (the kind used to cover chairs and furniture). Have the vinyl cut to your measurements and take it home with you. Mine was less than $5 — easiest tablecloth you’ll ever make!
Back at home, lay your artwork out on the table, and tack it down here and there with some clear tape. When you’ve got the table covered, lay your vinyl tablecloth over the top. (Bonus: This tablecloth hides my sad, scratched-up table 🎉🎉🎉)
If it’s too long, trim the sides shorter at this point. That’s it!
You can wipe the vinyl down after meals and everything underneath will stay protected. If you want to change out the artwork, just remove the tablecloth and switch up the pictures. Your kids will get a kick out of eating on their creations, and it could spark some fun dinner conversations about what they were learning or doing that day.
What do you do with all the artwork that comes home from school?
This post was originally published on BabyCenter. It is reposted here with permission.