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4 Creative ways to display your child's art

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If you've got kids, chances are you've got a pile of first paintings and drawings filed away somewhere. Well, it's time to dig them out and display them in all their glory with these fun and easy ways to turn a work of art into a masterpiece.

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Finger paintings and first scrawls may look cute on paper but if you're reluctant to put them on your walls why not get creative with your display? There's no reason not to display your child's art with pride in a way that will suit the decor of your home. It's fun and, better still, your kids will love seeing their art taking centre stage.

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Arty coasters

Tile coasters are easy to make and are a perfect gift your kids can help create.

Supplies:

  • 4 white ceramic tile coasters
  • 1 painting that can be cut into four squares to fit on the coasters
  • 4 squares of felt for the bottom of the coasters
  • Mod Podge
  • A paintbrush

Instructions:

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First, cut your child's painting into four squares that will cover the tops of the coasters, leaving a small border around the edge. For older kids, cut some paper up in advance and get them to create mini artworks on each of the pieces. Glue the squares onto the tiles using Mod Podge.

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When dry, turn the tiles over and glue a square of felt to the bottom of each coaster. When the felt is dry, turn the coasters back over and seal with a few coats of Mod Podge or a spray adhesive to seal.

silhouette art

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Silhouette painting

Silhouette paintings are great for kids' rooms that have a theme. They cut off all the rough edges of a drawing and are a fun way to display finger paintings and scribbles.

You'll need:

  • 1 large frame
  • 1 large piece of cardboard cut to fit inside the frame
  • Scissors or a stanley knife and cutting board
  • An outline of a shape
  • A painting cut to fit the inside of the frame

How to:

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First, take the piece of cardboard and draw the shape you would like to use in the centre of it. Then, carefully cut around the outside so you are left with a hole in the shape of your choice.

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Slip the cardboard into the frame so it sits right behind the glass. Then pop the painting in behind it and put the backing in place. When you turn the frame over you should see your child's painting in a shaped frame!

softie drawing

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Silly softies

What kid wouldn't want their drawings to come to life? Making a softie out of your child's artwork is a perfect way to keep their art in plain view and your kid will get a new friend to boot!

You'll need:

  • A picture your child has drawn
  • Needle and thread or a sewing machine
  • A piece of fabric to use as backing
  • A piece of fabric to use as the front
  • Felt, buttons and other small pieces of fabric to decorate
  • Stuffing

How to:

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First, take your child's drawing and copy it roughly onto the front piece of fabric. Just an outline in pencil will do.

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Next, turn the printed side of the front piece of fabric image side down on top of the printed side of the backing fabric. Pin in place then cut around the outline. Sew it up leaving a small hole in one corner to turn it inside out.

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Turn the softie inside out and stuff with stuffing before sewing the hole closed. Add on legs, buttons for eyes and other trimmings your child has drawn in felt or scrap fabric before gifting to a delighted child.

If you're not into sewing but still want to give your child a unique gift, pop on over to Happy Softies and the lovely folk there can fix you up with your very own customised creation in no time.

fabric pen

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Fabric drawing

Inspired by the wonderful efforts of Jen from A Thousand Words, getting your kids to create their own cushions, pillow slips or tote bags is a great way to display your child's artistic creations.

You'll need:

  • A plain pillowcase, cushion cover or canvas tote bag
  • Fabric pens
  • Cardboard

How to:

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First, iron the piece of fabric you want to use so it is free from wrinkles.

2

Before you let your child start drawing, pop a piece of cardboard behind the piece of fabric they're going to draw on to help make sure the ink doesn't run through. Then let them draw their own designs directly onto the fabric canvas.

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