If, like me, you’re a bit of a hoarder, having children will only have exacerbated the problem. One thing I find particularly difficult is getting rid of the children’s artworks, so I find myself with two of my lounge bookshelves given over to their 3D creations and a couple of Ikea bags full of paintings and drawings I can’t bear to part with. I am aware that this can’t continue, so I’ve been looking into cool ways to preserve your little ones’ masterpieces.
One great idea is to turn a favourite picture into a piece of jewellery. Natasha at The English Charm Co very kindly offered to make a pendant from one of Alfie’s drawings, so I scanned in a portrait he’d drawn of Kitty and emailed it to her. She then engraved a silver rectangular charm and I’m now the owner of a beautiful bespoke keepsakeÂ which, in different ways, both my children contributed to. Charms cost from Â£35.
Custom Cuddlies will transform your child’s creation into a soft toy. Again, you just scan and send the picture and they’ll recreate it in fabric. Prices vary depending on the amount of detail/fabrics, but start from about Â£40 – a brilliant special birthday gift.
Storing themÂ online is an increasingly popular option, particularly if you’re short of space. Just photograph and upload to an app such as Artkive, Â£3.99, where you can keep them in date order.
Or how about making a book of favourite pieces as a memento? Claire created a photobook of Lola’s art a while back and it looks fabulous – read how she did it.
Finally, how about transforming those ‘abstract’ baby paintings into a genuinely attractive ‘grown-up’ work of art. I love this DIY circle picture fromÂ Playful Learning. I’mÂ definitely going to have to try this out soon, so I’ll let you know how I get on!