Jasper’s in the very beginning stages of creating “art” for Sean and I (usually at the prompting of the other parent). He’s old enough now to attend story times that also incorporate crafts, so he usually ends up “making” something (with lots and lots of help from whichever parent he’s with, or both of us) while there. I’m using lots of quotation marks because homeboy’s not even two yet, so his creative process consists of scribbling, and he’s getting oodles of help from us.
Even though we don’t have tons of it yet, I forsee a day where we will have so much of Jasper’s art that we’ll literally run out of places to put it. I can’t stand the idea of throwing it away, even if it doesn’t exist yet, and shutting it up in boxes to languish for decades seems equally sad. I started looking up different ideas about what to do with every bit of brilliance that my kid and yours will create, and stumbled upon a few of these:
Turn it into jewelry you can wear!
Suzi Cook runs the Etsy shop Frills and Whimsy, and she can turn those priceless creations into a ring or necklace that you can keep forever. I was so stoked when Kait sent me this link a few months ago, and am happy to have a way to share it with you. Prices range from $68-$98, so I wouldn’t suggest doing this with every single thing, but how perfect would it be to keep that first drawing forever?
String it up on a clothesline.
I love this idea because you can put it pretty much anywhere — in their room, across the entranceway to the kitchen, even as a room border or outside! Clothesline and clothespins are crazy easy to buy just about anywhere, and you can also find them online (bonus points: you can get the pins in natural or different colors!) if you don’t like shopping away from your home. Thanks, Internet. You rock.
Turn it into a puzzle.
After your kid’s finished and you’ve all oohed and aahed, nothing says “I’ll cherish this piece of art forever” quite like chopping it up into corresponding pieces and making a puzzle out of it! For durability, find out where you can get it laminated (preferably before you chop it up). That way it can’t be destroyed too easily, and the puzzle could be handed down to other kids/friends/relatives/etc. Or, you can just keep it and pull it out while working if you need a sweet distraction or break.
Use it to wrap gifts.
Gone is boring store-bought paper! How sweet would it be to have your child(ren) draw Nana a picture to wrap her birthday gift in? You could scan in the drawing and print it on larger paper, or even just have your kids draw on white backing of regular wrapping paper. If you want to go a greener route (yay!), you can get recycled printer paper online OR a recycled newsprint art paper roll, which can be decorated with crayons, oil pastels, colored pencils, and markers.
Get it tattooed on you.
I’m all about parent tattoos! This might be a bit extreme for some, but I’m pretty sure it doesn’t get more permanent than this. Depending on the size of the piece in question it could take a few sittings (I can’t even imagine, my tattoo was 20 of the most agonizing minutes of my LIFE), but if you’re into it, it’d be well worth it!
How do you guys save your kid’s artwork? Give me ideas!