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1. Frame It

One of my favorite ways to preserve and showcase children’s artwork is by framing pieces like fine art. Pick a piece that matches your living, dining or family room and put it in an elegant frame. When guests comes over, the first piece of art that they will comment on, very well may be the piece that your little Picasso painted.

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2. Gift It

A great way to get a lot of uses out of your child’s art is by cutting the artwork into gift tags, wrapping paper, stationary and note cards. This is a great way to use your child’s artwork to send cheer to someone else. Another option is to frame a special piece of artwork to give as a gift to a grandparent.

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3. Gift It Later

A fun idea is to save the best-of-the-best artwork that your child created in a box until they are grown up. At that time you can frame a few pieces and give it back to him as a gift. My grandmother did this for me. When I got married, one of my wedding gifts was a ceramic rainbow that I had painted and given to her as a child. I have an adorable miniature pink pig that my son Eben created for me out of clay, which I plan to gift it back to him one day when he is grown up.

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4. Book It

Another great way to showcase your child’s artwork is by scanning the pieces and then having them printed in a photo book. One year, I scanned all of my son’s favorite art pieces and presented him with a book of his art as a birthday present. He was blown away – the thought that he was a “published” artist really won him over. He loves to share his coffee table art book with friends and family when they visit our home.

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5. Create a Toy

A fun way to bring your child’s artwork to life is by recreating it as a plush toy. My son drew a fun picture of a silly looking dog that hung on our bulletin board for ages. As a Valentine’s Day gift, I took some fabric scraps and recreated his silly dog into a stuffed plush that he could hold and love.

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6. Put it in a Portfolio

If your child wants to keep and have access to many of their art pieces, consider keeping their creations in a large portfolio. There are many great options that are large enough to hold even the oddest sized pieces, slim enough to store in the back of a closet or under the bed and they have a handle to carry it with. A portfolio gives your child control of their own artwork.

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7. Digitize It

By scanning and saving a digital copy of your child’s best art pieces, you can have access to them over and over again. You can simply pull the file up to print stationary, holiday cards or even print the design onto fabric that can be used to make other gifts. Digitizing your child’s artwork gives you the ability to share it with many people in the form of something else. You can also use it as wallpaper on your computer or smart phone or share it via your favorite social networking site.