We can’t all have our children’s artwork hand stitched onto a custom-made Atelier Versace wedding dress and veil. But, there are a ton of other cool ideas for turning your children’s artwork into some pretty usable and creative stuff. A while back, I appeared on WGN Midday News to show off some of our favorite ideas:
- Create memorable gift labels for kids. Take a photo of your child’s artwork and send it to your computer. Shrink it down and add “from your pal XXX”. Print them out on regular self adhesive labels purchased at an office supply store. Now you’ll no longer be running around looking for a card for the 147th birthday present that you’ve bought.
- Cocoagraph will print your child’s drawing or painting in edible fondant onto a yummy chocolate bar. Simply upload a photo of your child’s artwork to their site, choose from milk, white or dark chocolate and add select artisanal ingredients. Bars start at $12. We love this as a party favor or to decorate your family’s holiday dinner table.
- On Minted.com you can create your own custom wrapping paper using pictures of your child’s artwork and photos of them throughout the year. We also love the idea of adding in pictures of their Lego & block creations. This would surely embellish any holiday gift especially to family members. $15 for 5 sheets.
- Zazzle.com lets you turn your kid’ artwork into a myriad of items. We especially like the mugs for under $20 and the custom postage stamps. Talk about putting a personal touch on holiday cards.
- Stitchtagram offers a number of options for you to design pillows, bags and purses with your artwork photos. The images are printed directly on the fabric and all products are hand sewn in the US. You can’t go wrong with the $28 coin purse.
- The Artkive photo app lets you easily create a beautiful photo book of their artwork. Simply download the app, take photos of their artwork, tag each with child’s name, grade and date and Artkive will print all of the pages in a beautiful bound book. They’ve also just started a concierge service where you can send a box of your child’s artwork and they will photograph each piece, digitize it and place it in your account.
- One of our favorite ideas is Budsies where they will bring your child’s drawing to life in an adorable huggable stuffed toy. The best part is your child doesn’t have to be a true artist to enjoy. Scroll through their website and you’ll see that many of the works were created by very young kids.
- We think the best frame to store and display your child’s artwork is the Lil DaVinchi frame. The frame hangs on the wall and can store up to 50 pieces of artwork. Best of all, you don’t have to take it off the wall to add in new pieces.
- For a truly unique and one of a kind gift, Metalmorphis will preserve your child’s artwork on a beautiful keepsake pendant, necklace, bracelet, keychain or even cufflinks. Perfect for a meaningful holiday gift for that special family member.