Custom Framing your Child’s Artwork

If you have children, you know how much they love to create. You also know the excitement you feel as a parent when that happy child brings a special piece home for you to admire. And you do!

Now, picture how exciting it can be for your young, aspiring artist to have it treated with importance.  So next time you receive a masterpiece from your son or daughter—and I emphasize that word masterpiece as I truly believe that children’s art is underrated—think about taking that extra step to custom frame and display the work with prominence in your home.  Doing so gives proof in a visual form, much like a trophy, of your pride in their creative energies. And the end result also makes a priceless gift idea for parents or grandparents for literally any occasion: Mother’s Day, Father’s Day, birthdays, holidays or simply ‘just because’.

So have some fun with this idea. When you frame children’s art, it can be an opportunity to be free and silly with color and frame choices. This can also be a great DIY custom-framing project that the family can do together. Involve them in the process. Let them measure their art and choose their mats and frames. They will feel even more special.

Here are some examples of how you can frame and incorporate your child’s artwork into your home décor:

child's art with black frame and white mat

framed child's art above craft area

Choosing a simple black frame with a white mat ensures that any kind or color of artwork will look great! Look at how perfect this piece looks coordinated with the children’s craft area.

children's art with colorful mats

Art with jagged edges can be floated on colorful mat boards. (See how the top piece here is treated?)

children's artwork framed

Not all work has to be treated playfully. This Raven was given a sophisticated finish and looks elegant in an entryway.

match colors in artwork to mats

Also try using neutral frames with fun colored mats. This allows for the easy changing of artwork in and out of the frames over the years. Match the mat board to the colors in the artwork for a fun twist on a standard framing treatment with a custom framing feel. Keeping the frames neutral ensures that the framing treatment won’t become too busy, perhaps better complementing the home’s existing décor.

Ultimately, as with all custom framing, the design decisions are in your hands. Choose whatever style and color of framing materials that you and your children will love and admire! Whether they be neutral frames with colorful mats, or colorful frames with neutral mats or a mix of both, young artists will sure love seeing their creations hung on the walls. As they grow and become more skillful, who knows what they will be creating for you in the years to come?

Writing from the perspective of a mother with a daughter in art school, I am as thrilled today with having her framed art dating as far as 15 years back as I was then. These works can be as important as family photos in documenting a personal history.

Have you framed your children’s artwork? Share your installations with us on our Pinterest Board or Facebook page. Tell us a little about your artist, the story behind the artwork, and why you framed it how you did. We would love to hear.

For more inspiration and ideas, check out our pinterest board on framed children's art:

AubreyK | 4/21/2014 12:25:41 PM | 4 comments
Laura M Jajko
Amber and Emily, share your pics! I'd love to see them.
4/24/2014 7:44:00 PM

American Frame

It is so fun! It's also a blast when you can involve the kids in the framing process, too.
4/22/2014 2:54:15 PM

Childrens art is so fun, and colorful. Who wouldn't want to hang childrens art!?
4/22/2014 11:23:50 AM

I have several of my daughter's masterpieces hung in her playroom. We rotate them often. She loves having her artwork hung to decorate the space.
4/22/2014 8:45:57 AM

About this blog

Laura Jajko

Join in and let’s bond over our love of art and framing. Here, I’ll be sharing design inspiration and decisions, twitter chat summaries, and happenings with the company, among other things. With more than 40 years of practical experience, I bring a unique perspective in a straight-forward style that I hope will spark lots of interesting and relevant dialog in our online community.

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