The Best Way to Clean Up Your Child’s Artwork

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Are you at your wits end with what to do with your child’s artwork?

Do your kiddos like to color and do crafts as much as my girls?!

I think my oldest colors about 12 pages a week! And Ahhhh! They pile up so fast. Do you have the same problem? Is it always a problem with what to do with the completed pages or artwork? Your child wants to save them all…the pile is already almost as high as your ankles….you don’t want to hurt their feelings by suggesting you throw some away…what to do?!

The Solution

Well, Mama, I’ve got you covered. I had the same problem. My girls wanted to show off their artwork…our fridge was totally cluttered…I wanted to clean up the mess…they didn’t want to throw anything away…you get the idea. Then, I had a moment of amazing motherhood.

What if I could find a solution to let my girls display their artwork and keep from drowning in coloring pages and cut and paste?

My solution is both simple and cheap, so you can have it set up in a flash!

In 5 minutes you can go from this:

Does your child love to color and do crafts? Are the papers everywhere? Click for the best way to clean up the artwork pile!


to this:

Does your child love to color and do crafts? Are the papers everywhere? Click for the best way to clean up the artwork pile!


How to Get It

This set up is super simple.  

Here’s what you need:

Command Hooks (removable adhesive makes them easy to take down if necessary)

Ribbon (I let each child pick which color they wanted to use for their art display, it helps with the buy in)




  1.  Choose the wall where you are going to hang the artwork.
  2. Follow the directions on the command hooks to attach them to the wall.  You can measure to make sure they’re perfectly even, but, full disclosure, I just eyeball it.
  3. Grab the ribbon your child (or you) chose, and tie one end to one of the command hooks.  I use a double knot to make sure it stays.
  4. Let out the ribbon until it reaches the other command hook.  You want it a little loose, but the artwork will make it hang down considerably, so just a little loose is fine.  You can always tighten it up later if you want.
  5. Tie another double knot on the second command hook.
  6. Use paperclips to hang the artwork on the ribbon.

That’s it! No more piles of artwork and crafts laying around!

Now, you might be thinking….that ribbon doesn’t hold a million papers, how do we get rid of the pile?

But What About The Mess?

When I set up the displays, I explained that we could keep as many pieces of artwork as fit on the ribbon.When there was something new to hang up, then something else had to come down and go in the trash. This was met with a surprising amount of acceptance and has never been an issue for us.  

I let the girls pick what is coming down, so they can always keep their favorites up as they choose.  I think that the fact that their artwork gets displayed, even if it just for a short while, satisfies their need to show off their masterpieces and have some recognition.

If you(or your child) have a hard time throwing the artwork away when it gets taken down, you can always use a service like Artkive to digitally save a picture of the artwork and have them made into a book.

Have you tried this?  Was it helpful?  What do you do with your kids’ artwork?  I’d love to hear your ideas! Leave a comment below!

Are you looking for educational activities to do with your children?  Consider my alphabet BINGO cards and my post on an ABC Hide and Seek Activity.  I don’t think my girls even realize they are learning when we play those games.  Super fun!

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4 Responses

  1. Maria says:

    We do the same thing! It was driving me crazy on the fridge also. We have two old porcelain door knobs that I mounted on some rosette trim blocks and strung wire in between them. We use clothes pins to hold the artwork. As the kids artwork has gotten bigger, and heavier, it has held up great. I love walking past it, a reminder of progress and happiness.

    • thecrazybusymama says:

      Maria, What a great idea! You sound so crafty! I’m jealous. I also love looking at the kids’ artwork when it’s hanging up. Makes me smile every time. 🙂

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