If you spend any significant amount of time around children, you are most likely going to be the proud recipient of a handmade gift: a picture of a house, some stick people or another treasure.  And, if you keep these creations, you are probably going to end up with enough artwork to wallpaper the living room within a matter of weeks.  Children love to create, and they love to create when you love to display it.  So, make their artwork into something fabulous with these simple steps.

Find a variety of open frames.  Look at craft stores and discount stores, as well as yard sales and resale shops.  You do not need glass; just a nice sized frame that can be hung on a nail on the wall.  Wooden ones are best; you can spray paint them a uniform color such as gold or black.  Also, look for a variation in sizes and shapes, but make sure they are a good size for a child’s work of art to fit inside.

Next, hang your frames (empty) on a wall.  This can be a hallway, a room, or wherever you want to display works of art.  It is best to keep the frames grouped together, although you can spread them throughout your home as well.  If you want to take it a step further, you may back the area inside the frame with felt or another material, or you can even paint the wall inside the frame a nice contrasting color.

Now you are ready to display!  Place your child’s artwork in the frames, and display as long as you or they would like.  When new artwork comes home, change them out.  Rotate them among the seasons.  And be sure to show the pieces off to any visitors you have.  You will be giving your child a sense of pride and accomplishment, and you will have created an amazing conversation piece for your home, all on a shoestring budget!