Kids' Art: How to Show It Off at Work
Share your child's artwork by displaying it at your office. Here are six office-ready methods to show off your child's two-dimensional masterpieces.
The Standard Clothesline
This is a great way to hang lightweight creations on a wall with minimal impact to the wall, and with maximal opportunity to change the display often. Works at home or in the office, if you have dedicated wall or cubicle space. Simply affix each end of a string, ribbon, or cord to the wall with thumbtacks or picture hooks. Use clothespins or binder clips to attach paintings or drawings.
Use the Computer Wallpaper
Take a close-up digital photo of your child’s handiwork (or scan it, if you have the capacity) and save it (from your home computer) to a photo service. From your work computer, select it as the “wallpaper” for your computer screen, or set up a screen saver program that allows you to import images. Your wee one’s genius will greet you when you first boot up!
Bulletin Board Backdrop
Got a bulletin board in your workspace? While cork is a lovely natural product, it can literally take a back seat: Cover the whole board with Baby’s touch. An abstract painting will work beautifully here, as parts of the art will be covered when you put your agendas, budgets, and lists back on the board. Just note, this has to be something you don’t mind poking holes in with thumbtacks!
See the Space for Art ... Everywhere!
It needn’t be large … or flat! That blank coffee cup you use every day? Perfect! There are many ways to go about this. Let your child decorate your coffee mug directly with permanent, nontoxic markers. Buy a mug built for the purpose that lets you slide a paper picture under a protective plastic outer layer. Or use a service that will imprint an image of your choice on a mug. And don’t forget about pencil holders, lunch boxes, and mouse pads!
Photo Credit: Kids ArtStor
This may seem obvious because, frankly, it is obvious! If there’s something you just love and is emblematic of your child’s artistic touch, by all means, get it properly mounted and framed. There are also products created specifically for showing off (and in many cases storing) a constantly updated gallery of masterpieces. (Check out Kids ArtStor, shown at left, for example.) An 8 1/2×11-inch format will likely house the majority of your artist’s output.
The Classic Calendar
Making a customized calendar is easier than ever these days. Select 12 of your favorite kid creations and scan them into your computer, or photograph them and save them. You can do the whole process online for free and print your calendar yourself, or get it printed professionally for a small fee.
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