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Kitchen art wall

Updated on November 14, 2010

A brief hub about a nice thing to do with your children's art work.

This is a problem, right here, on the right. This is an accumulation of fourteen years' worth of children's drawings, paintings, collages and memories (my children are 7, 4 and 3, and I believe their ages add up to fourteen years?). When the first drawing was produced, almost six years ago, I was very organised and had every intention of only keeping the best work. It is quite plain to see from the photograph that I have never yet thrown away a single piece of my children's artistic outpourings - this pile of paper is roughly two and half feet deep. Well, maybe I recycled the odd sheet of paper that had one scribble on it (although, I've even kept some of those). I do fully intend, over the next few weeks, to sort out this problem, that is causing the bed to mover closer and closer towards the door every day. I have not kept this artwork out of love and pride you understand: pure laziness, that's the crux.

But what to do with all of the stuff? Well, most of it will be in the recycling bin, I'm afraid. But the gems will be stored in nice portfolios to treasure forever. I would like to say that I will make some scrapbooks, but that will just never happen - honestly, I have hubs to write, I cannot be spending time on doing nice things for my family.

A couple of years ago I did this with some of our best bits →

I change the pictures from time to time, when amazing new ones are produced.  But people love our art wall, and our visitors have often said how much they love it.  I just wish it was bigger.

I had a terrible accident with the art wall last year.  I was trying to remove the lid from a new bottle of olive oil, when the bottle slipped and oil splattered right across the art wall.  Several pictures were ruined and had to be thrown away, which was rather a terrible thing.  Let that be a lesson to you.  Do not open bottles of oil near your art wall.

My boys love the art wall of course, because they get to feel appreciated.  All good.  And for some reason it never makes the place look untidy as I had imagined it would.

One tip - stick your pictures up with Blu-Tac, as it works the best and does not mark the wall.  Do not use White-Tac because it does leave greasy marks, and it also doesn't hold properly - it seems to melt and the pictures end up sliding ever so slowly down the wall.

Have fun!


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      Linda Rawlinson 7 years ago from Lancaster, UK

      Oh, thank you Laurie. We do love our art wall, and we love to see our guests admiring it :) We haven't updated for a while though, so I think it's time to redecorate it - that will be very exciting, seeing how their work has progressed and changed (I would say improved, but those little scribbles by toddlers are just perfect to me anyway).

      Thanks for the vote!

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      LaurieDawn 7 years ago

      What a wonderful way to enjoy your children's artwork! I miss mine, I mean I miss when my children were younger and they would bring me their pictures from school, written by little hands, scribbled with love. I too have kept some of their artwork, tucked away and when I need a smile I pull it out, and presto! Voted up for a great hub and a wonderful idea!