handprints: display ideas
Yesterday I shared our tradition and process for creating a handprint canvas for each kid, each year. As a follow-up to all of that, today I’m sharing how I currently have the respective sets displayed in our home. We have 3 children, so there are 3 sets of canvases, 3 different ways we have them on display, in 3 different areas of our home.
Idea 1 – Crew’s Collection
Our little guy is 5 years old, so he has 5 canvases so far. We simply have the handprints sitting on a shelf in the playroom. There’s not much else to explain. It’s pretty straight forward. And it’s a fun & colorful addition to a space that we love. I’ll just mention some of the other things you see in case anyone was going to inquire. Those are all of our family 8.5 x 11 scrapbooks in the sides of this unit.
- Wooden animals – World Market
- Green boxes – IKEA
- Furniture – Razmataz (in Arizona)
- Zebra print picture frames – Hobby Lobby (I think?)
Idea 2 – Claire’s Collection
This is the “vision” that I caught many years ago … a GRID. I love grids. I love the clean lines and the feeling of order and the visual impact. For Claire’s handprints, she currently has 8 of them, so it’s an easy-breezy, no-brainer grid for now. But what about the next handprint – and the next? My plan is to put each subsequent canvas in its place, so the 9-year-old handprint will go in the bottom left corner and so forth.
Yes, I’m aware that will result in asymmetry for a few years. No, it won’t bother me. It will signify an ever-evolving collection that is a symbol of our growing child, which I never, ever want to take for granted. Oh – and you may wonder if I have any tips for a perfectly aligned grid. Keep reading. *wink*
Idea 3 – Porter’s Collection
Two of my absolute favorite wall display helps are … Command picture-hanging strips and a level. If you’re not familiar with the Command strips, I encourage you to give them a try. We hang just about everything to the wall with these, as opposed to hammering nails into the wall. The only exceptions are (obviously) large mirrors or really heavy frames. The strips aren’t made for the heavy duty stuff. But they’re awesome for everything else – and certainly for canvases.
As for the level, it’s not just for making sure things are level. David and I have found that using a level between frames – or canvases in this case – is a no-brainer way to get perfectly even space between each canvas – plus, it speeds up the process. Tip of the day.
As for Porter’s display, I found this to be a little bit of a challenge. That is, I needed to figure out a way to display all of his handprints together, even though the first few were not the same size as all of the other 8″ canvases (see yesterday’s post to understand why that is). What resulted is the idea that I would combine the handprints with a few other works of art.
I’m really pleased with how it turned out. We have a large hallway wall outside of the kids’ bedrooms and this collection is not only proportional to the space, but also such a bright and happy wall, and so fun for Porter to see himself on display like this.
Labeling the canvases
Something you might wonder about – How do we know which handprint is from what age? After each handprint is made each year, I use a fine-point Sharpie marker and write on the back of each canvas so that no matter what happens to the canvases and if they might potentially get mixed up or separated or whatever … we will always know whose is whose and how old they were for each handprint.
Handprints in the scrapbook
Remember yesterday how I explained that in addition to the canvas handprint, we also do a cardstock handprint at the same time? It’s for the purpose of implementing these into the kids’ Project Life® albums. I’m not concerned about consistency in size over the years or anything like that. I just want their handprint from each year to be incorporated into the photos and memories of that particular age.
This is Porter’s handprint actually in his album. I think it might be the last time I can trim to the 6″ size – *sigh* – and so next year I think we’ll be going for a 6×12 insert. it’s shown here in a Design E Photo Pocket Page along with a few other larger items.
At Home with Becky
This post is part of a weekly blog series called At Home with Becky. Each Wednesday, I share a little something from home – routines, organization, traditions, decor, etc. Today’s post was a “part two” to yesterday’s post. Coming up … my absolute favorite gift wrap, a tour through some of my “old” scrapbooks, some healthy snack ideas, and more. If ever you are interested in seeing all of these posts in one place, just click on that turquoise button at the top of my blog that says At Home with Becky.