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Not Sure What To Do With All Your Kid’s Artwork? Thank You, Mod Podge.

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Do you have a product you love? We definitely have many favorite products here on the Hip2Save Team, and thought it would be FUN to share some of them with you! I personally love product recommendations and I’ve also had a few requests from readers, so I have asked each member of the team to think of products they love (cosmetics, kitchen gadgets etc.) and to write up a post that will be shared here every Tuesday. Michelle, my sidekick, is sharing one of her favorites…

Hey there! It’s Michelle, one of Collin’s NON-CRAFTY sidekicks!

Are you like me, and save TONS of your children’s artwork but are not sure what to do with it all? I have storage bins that I like to save my favorites in, however I hate that they aren’t displayed for everyone to enjoy.

I found a solution…

A beautiful canvas display of your children’s hard work and creativity.  Oh, and it’s EASY too! 😍

DISCLAIMER: I am NOT crafty, this here is about as crafty as I get!  If I can do this, so can you!


Here’s what you need:

  • Canvas Either re-purpose one you don’t use anymore or buy one at the store.  Any size or thickness works!  I like to re-purpose old ones.
  • Mod Podge I use the glossy finish. (This is my product recommendation!)
  • Sponge brush
  • Lots of artwork! You can cut it out into fun shapes or leave them intact, up to you!

Lay your canvas out on the counter with newspaper underneath to protect the surface.  Arrange the artwork on the canvas to get an idea as to how you want it to look.


Don’t be afraid to cut the artwork up if you need different sizes.  Remember that it needs to wrap around the canvas so keep edges long.


Spread a thin layer of Mod Podge all over the canvas OR you can spread it on the back of the artwork, or both!


After you have attached all of the artwork to the canvas, paint Mod Podge all over the top of the artwork that is attached to the canvas. It’s going to look like you just dumped glue all over your kids’ art, but don’t worry, it will dry clear! Phew!


Fold the art over the edges and add more Mod-Podge to make it stick.


Set the canvas someplace safe to dry and touch up any corners or pieces that may pop up.


Done! Hang or display in your home however you like!


Have fun!

I think you are going to love how beautiful it is displaying in your home! They are such fun and colorful pieces to put up in the kids’ rooms or in your living room!  The kids love walking by them and remembering back to when they made the art at school.



Michelle’s PRO TIP: If you have more than one child, I HIGHLY recommend either doing one for each child, OR if you just do one large one with all of the kids’ artwork, make SURE that each kid has the same number of art on the canvas. Trust me, they notice 😳.

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Comments 46

  1. Bianca

    What a great idea!

  2. Jo

    beautiful. Thanks for this.

  3. Raina

    Great idea! Loved the pro tip. 🙂

    • Michelle (Hip2Save Sidekick)

      Thanks Raina! That’s VERY important 😜.

  4. Kristen E.

    I have found that if you take pics of them you can use them as a screen saver that rotates through all of them … then I keep my favorites and toss the rest ! Less clutter all over 🙂

    • 3gmom

      I love this idea! That’s genius!

    • Lucy

      What an awesome idea for a screen saver! Genius 😃

  5. Dee

    I’m going to do this. Thank you so much for the great idea!

    • Michelle (Hip2Save Sidekick)

      Do it Dee! SUPER easy. A little messy but not too bad!

  6. Retta

    I love this! Thank you

  7. Luna

    Buahaaha I like the little note at the end 😂

  8. Heather

    I scan all of them and make a photo book thru Shutterfly, that documents the year 1st grade, 2nd grade etc.

    • Pharmchick

      This is exactly what I do! But this display idea is prettty cute too!

  9. Jenny

    That’s a great idea! I usually scrapbook it:) Since I love doing that, I put away my sons artwork with pics from that year too:) I still love keeping photo albums and stuff.

  10. Sheila

    Very cute idea! I have bins of my kids’ artwork still, and they are 19, 21 & 26. I think I will make one large canvas as a surprise, and hang it on the wall Christmas morning. Pro tip is accurate—they still count to make sure things are “equitable!”

    • Michelle (Hip2Save Sidekick)

      HAHA! Sheila I think that would be a great Christmas surprise! My oldest just turned 18 and he still loves looking at his art on the canvas. We have one in our mud room and then some hanging in the kids’ bathrooms. Fun way to add color too!

      • Lashawn

        Michelle, I am excited about this! I am confused about the edges. How do you handle those again? How do they stay down?

        • Michelle (Hip2Save Sidekick)

          Hi Lashawn! I just add lots of Mod Podge on the edges and on the artwork and wrap them around. It’s all about lots of goop. They should stay down but you can also go back and touch it up if it comes up. Hope that helps!

  11. Erin

    Love this tip; love the dancing giraffe!

  12. Susi

    My kids are adults now and I’m downsizing & have ALOT of stuff from their childhood. This would be a super fun way to save some and pass it on to them. Thanks!

  13. Tracy

    I love this!!! A great idea for art work that I love.

  14. Nicole

    This is awesome! Love it. I also use the ArtKive app. Small fee, but you snap a picture and the keep your kids artwork FOREVER! 😉

  15. Mom Seeking a Village

    Oh my goodness… such a great idea!!

  16. Chelsers

    I like to take photos and save them to a folder on my computer and when the free shutterfly book codes come out I make them a book of their artwork. They also know they can have one on the fridge and they decide when they want to rotate it with a newer piece. Saves us from a lot of tears!

  17. DebbieB123

    Thank you!!

  18. gailio

    love it- my kids’ artwork are my most prized possessions (along with photos) & my kids are in college!

  19. Jiya

    Fabulous idea!! I hope I can get some time to create it. 🙂

  20. Kim

    What a great idea , one less picture for your walls , n u r right the kids will notice !!! 🌹

  21. Vasca

    What an awesome idea! I will have to do this. Ummm, thinking gifts for the grandparents.

  22. Dawn

    We take digital pictures of each child and make (multiple!) books with them using those online photo books. Each kid gets their own books with their artwork—we keep them in the front room for them to look through

  23. Arlene G Rogers

    I luv this idea of mod-poge! Thanks. I have a question. If u don’t use all of ur mod-poge, how long does it last?

  24. Katie

    Love this idea! You have some great artists!!!

  25. Nicole

    This is such a wonderful idea….as is the photo book!! My daughter is only in kindergarten and I’ve already acquired a huge tote full of artwork since her preschool years 😳 Now maybe I can part with some of it lol

  26. Etoiles

    I love this! Thanks for sharing!

  27. Sisi Bee

    Love this,idea.

  28. janette

    oh my goodness I really love this thank you so much for sharing!

  29. Stacie

    I like to scan my favorites and turn them into magnets, especially when there are free codes, that way they never leave the frig.

    • J

      Another cute idea! Thanks!!

  30. Kristen

    Are the corners difficult to do? Do they want to pop up before the glue dries?

  31. Laura T

    My kids are grown now, but I always put their artwork on the walls around the garage. We have a very high ceiling in our garage and I fit lots of artwork on those walls. There is a little ledge above the doors and I put the paper mache and big non flat projects there. They would love seeing them as we go in and out through the garage and some of it is still there! This may not work for everyone, but it worked well for us.

  32. Amanda

    Oh yes, I love this I have 3 Picasso at home.

  33. LaShawn

    Michelle, I am excited about this! I am confused about the edges. How do you handle those again? How do they stay down?

  34. Cristine

    I am so gonna do this!! I have a file cabinet full of my kids art work!! Thanks!

  35. Leona

    Love modge podge! Can’t wait to try it!

  36. T

    I just scan art projects and keep files on PC

  37. WeMo

    This is a cute idea. In the past, I’ve taken advantage of the Shutterfly book freebies & made books full of my kids artwork.

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