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I have thought about blogging about this project before, but I don't think I ever did. So with the kids back in school, and making all those art projects and papers that they come home with, now seems like a good time to share it.
I had a box to keep some of the things in that Austin brought home from preschool, and now preK, but it was quickly filling up. At the same time, his room was being turned from a Toddler room into his big boy room. His room already had a partial wall covered in cork (you can buy it by the roll in JoAnn's or other craft stores), but I hated to just thumb tack everything to the wall and have a wall of jumbled papers and projects. So I came up with a simple solution that works for us.
What you need:
- length of small rope (found a bit of green rope at Lowe's for a couple of bucks)
- various craft shapes for boys or girls (50 cents each at JoAnn's)
- household clothespins
- hot glue/gun
- push pins to hang/support rope
And if you're careful with the hot glue, the kid(s) can help. Austin loved this project.
P.P.S. I was also asked to link up with Toy's In the Dryer and their Fun Stuff Fridays by Lindsi. Thanks Lindsi! :o) If you have kids, head over to their site and check it out. Looks like some fun things going on!
Such a great idea and this way he gets to keep his favourite things up there for as long as he wants! What are you going to do with them once you take them off the line? Just keep the ones that have a specific memory or milestone attached to them?
That is a really great solution to the problem! As far as other tips go, I know some people who have scanned things. In our family, at the end of the year I would go through papers and keep maybe 5-10. As she got older, I would explain that the fun is in the making--not necessarily the keeping! I do have several keepsake boxes with artwork and papers in them, though, and do treasure them.