Need a way to store all your kid’s artwork? Make a kid art portfolio using materials you probably already have in your junk drawer at home. Here’s how.
I wanted to encourage my son’s creativity and celebrate his talent, but without it taking over the entire house. Artwork can get messy and out-of-control.
In college, when I took an art class geared for elementary school teachers–YES! I’m still putting that teacher’s degree to good use–we were asked to make our own portfolio. Even then, the portfolio made me feel more creative somehow.
I never considered myself as the artistic type, but when I began to experiment and ‘play’ with art during this semester, I felt more confident in what I could create.
I wanted the same for my son.
Kid Art Portfolio
Here’s what I used:
- 2 pieces of black foam board
- duct tape
- stencil letters
- glue stick
This is one of the easiest projects ever!
For the handles–
The length of the ribbon and how far apart you set the holes will determine how large the handles, so keep that in mind as you work through this step. I played around with it until I had the size I wanted.
Punch 2 holes in each of the sheets of foam board (about an inch down and centered). Push through your ribbon from the outside in and tie a knot on each end to secure.
Securing the sides–
Just line up the 2 sheets of foam board and attach with duct tape on the remaining 3 sides so that the handles are now at the top opening.
I used just regular silver duct tape, but have you seen how some go crazy with duct tape? Seriously, you can find duct tape in all sorts of patterns and colors these days.
As with all of my do-it-yourself projects, I used what I had on hand. And that was, silver duct tape, a silver Sharpie pen, and these leftover big letters from my days scrapbooking.
Be creative: choose an inspirational quote, add your child’s handprints, or use stencil letters like me.
I traced out the letters in a color I thought would pop from the black background, cut them out, and glued them to the side I determined as the front of the portfolio.
I then outlined each letter with silver to, once again, make them pop, but also to hide any cutting or tracing mistakes. –’cause that’s just me 🙂
The art portfolio creates a perfect storage solution for kids who love to create. It’s a great way to encourage your child to get creative and celebrate the wonderful talents God has given each of us.
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