Like most parents, we have a huge accumulation of “art projects” from our little nugget and I may or may not have a hoarding problem. I just can’t bring myself to throw out anything that has to do with Savannah! As always, I took our growing problem to my one true love, Pinterest, for a solution and this is what I found. May the art projects stop flowing at some point.
My mom has a small keepsake box for each of her four children. The boxes include our hospital bands after being born, first birthday cards, a few pictures, and the like. I love looking through these little boxes and seeing my first attempt at writing and pictures of what the maternity wear was like way back when. I had always looked forward to having these special boxes for my babies but in true Jessica style I took it a bit farther than a small box. Savannah is my one and only and I want to hold onto every single moment so… I got her a 40 gallon keepsake tub. Once that was filled I got a second tub but Paul drew the line at two tubs. I guess we don’t really have to keep every outfit or scribbled on piece of paper.
Clearly, I find some strange form of happiness from holding onto everything of Savannah’s. It wasn’t until she started early preschool and started bringing home multiple “art projects” every week that I realized things were getting out of hand. I’m using art project very loosely here. Don’t get me wrong, I love how creative Savannah is and I definitely push her to use her talents everyday but I would rather keep the water color painting than the three Fruit Loops glued to a piece of construction paper. I wanted a way to showcase her artwork while keeping us more organized and weeding out the things she deemed appropriate to throw out. I have plenty of Pinterest fails under my belt but this turned out to be my first Pinterest win!
What you’ll need:
- Nails and hammer
- Wooden clothes pins
- Jute twine
- Paint (to paint the clothes pins but this is optional)
And that’s it! So simple and so cheap to put together. I set Savannah up in the backyard to paint our clothes pins and she had so much fun doing it. I’m one of those crazy parents that keeps paint in the house and loves to break it out for the kiddo to make a mess with. Paint isn’t new to us but using a brush instead of fingers was unchartered territory. Through this project she also learned the importance of using the water cup to clean her brush before switching colors. It was an interesting day for my not-so-coordinated three year old but she had so much fun.
Once the pins were dry I measured out two pieces of twine to hang the pictures from. You want to tie one end of the twine to a nail twice so it’s nice and tight. I had Paul hammer the nails into the wall for me (I don’t trust my eyes enough to wield a hammer). Keep in mind that you want each piece of twine to be pretty taut because the hanging pictures will weigh it down causing it to sag in the middle. I only wanted three rows but I think it would look pretty neat to completely cover a wall too.
And that’s it! So easy, so cute. I let Savannah chose which pictures were going up and as she creates new works of art she gets rid of the old stuff. The extra special projects get put into her keepsake tubs and I try to remember to date them and include her age.
This is a great project to do at home with your little one(s) before the official start of school. You’ll finally have a place to hang all of those art projects and even graded papers your kids are proud of!