Displaying children artwork

Hannah's artwork today: Supposed to be part of a play/story she's writing.

Didn’t IKEA have a cool way to display children’s artwork a while back? Like a frameless plexiglass solution that you could unclip and then rearrange the art pieces when ready for a new look?

As my eldest grows, her interests have matured (which has fascinated me). Hannah loved Peppa Pig when she was three. It was Peppa Pig everything. When she turned 5, she went through a Ben 10 phase. Then Winx was cool when she was 7. In the space of these last few months, Hannah’s gone from Elsa from Frozen to Colin Buchanan to animals to Katy Perry. And she has posters from here and there. She’s got a poster of Tinkerbell and an autographed poster by Colin Buchanan at a concert last year. While she’s no longer into these two, they are posters and therefore, belong on the wall, according to Miss Persnickety.

That’s just posters! What about her art?

I am not allowing her to put sticky tape or blue tack or bubble gum on her walls (for obvious reasons). But because she is a prolific artist, we have scores and scores of her art. Furthermore, at the end of every school term, we parents get “gifted” with more artwork from school — an entire term’s worth of her art. So I have struck a deal with her a few years ago that I would keep some of her art and recycle the rest. But that’s not counting the art that she draws almost daily! Most of which are not bad!

Hannah's artwork today: Supposed to be part of a play/story she's writing.

Hannah’s artwork today: Supposed to be part of a play/story she’s writing.

I’d like a solution that allows me to display her artwork, her posters, photos in a chic, fresh and beautiful way. Since she is now 8, going on 15, the solution must proffer her some control over the display. It must also “reflect who she is”, she insists.

via Babble

This might look pretty, but I needed something that allowed Hannah the freedom to add photos, posters, art and other things without trying to fit them into the frames. And wayyyy more than just 7 frames.

The Da Vinci art cabinet allows you to place 8.5 x 11″ artwork in front of an existing one. So you can technically have a portfolio of up to 100 pieces in one frame.

The Da Vinci art cabinet from Amazon.

The Da Vinci art cabinet from Amazon.

While it’s a great idea, I have a feeling buying 10 of these to fit just 10 pieces that have to be the same size might become expensive!

This idea has been around the blogosphere for a while now:

via Pinterest

via Pinterest

But that only looks good with collections of postcards or photos, all orientated the same way and all of the same size.


Right now, a fuschia pinboard in her room is all she has. Now that we own the home, I’d like to allow her to put stuff up on the one wall across from her bed. That wall is the only one without furniture against it so it is perfect for her artwork displays.

I scoured Google and Pinterest for some ideas and quickly found this to my liking:

meesh pierce from blog i.meesh.u stumbled on IKEA’s Dignitet curtain hardware as a perfect solution to her own children’s artwork conundrum:

IKEA's Dignitet curtain hardware

IKEA’s Dignitet curtain hardware

Of course, her solution is so elegantly chic against the wooden-board wallpaper on her walls, but you get how the system works!

How Meesh from i.meesh.u used IKEA Dignitet to solve her problem.

How Meesh used the Dignitet to solve her problem.

IKEA Dignitet curtain hack to hang artwork, via i.meesh.u

via i.meesh.u

This is a great solution as it allows Hannah to rearrange and organise the artwork and posters to her heart’s content and the wall does not suffer.

I see a trip to IKEA in my very near future and the shopping list for IKEA grows. (Rather alarmingly!)



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