Guest Author - Kimberly Misra
Are your walls looking a little bare? Does an area of your home need sprucing up? Pick up a few pretty frames and frame your child's artwork! You can create a unique conversation piece that will make your child proud. You can find simple, inexpensive frames at most home or department stores. For larger sized frames, try your local craft store. If you like more ornate frames, or frames with vintage appeal, hit a tag sale or flea market.
Once you have your frames, follow these tips to get the most out of your framing project.
Collect art over time. Obviously, you can't frame every piece of art your child creates. Instead, set aside time once every month or two to sit down and sort through the art your child has done at home and school. Choose the ones that make you smile, the ones your child likes the most, the ones that match your living room best, or the ones that just feel right.
Create a gallery space. If you have lots of art to display, consider dedicating space to a small art gallery. A large blank wall in the family room is perfect for this. Other possible spots for a child's art gallery include up the sides of a stairwell, on a wall of your child's bedroom, along a hallway, or over a fireplace. Any large, empty space will do. To unify what is likely to be a medley of subjects and colors, choose simple frames in the same color family. If you use only white frames, or only frames in dark wood, you will always be able to find a similar frame for later projects. Don't worry about matching the style of the frames; the differences will add interest to the display.
Consider matting the pieces. Matting your child's artwork is a little more expensive since you will need to purchase a larger frame to accommodate both the mat and the artwork. But since mats themselves are inexpensive and really make the artwork pop, they can be a worthwhile investment. To help the artwork stay in place, use a small amount of tape to attach it to the back of the mat before framing.
Request art from your kids. If your child loves to paint or draw, try requesting specific pictures to decorate your home. Perhaps you would like a painting of birds for the living room, or a still-life of fruit for the kitchen. An eager in-house artist may be happy to oblige, giving you a unique piece of art that is personal, fun, and far cheaper than a professional piece.