When I was in high school I had an art portfolio. I loved keeping it in my room and feeling like a real artist storing my pictures and sketches in it.
I thought I would give my son the same opportunity to have a real art portfolio. I took an old Fed Ex box and cut the large sides off. I asked my son to paint it however he wanted.
After the paint dried, I punched a hole in the middle of three of the sides. Place the unpunched sides close together, but keep a little bit of space (about an inch). Tape them with wide masking tape or duct tape.
Cut six pieces of yarn or string the same lengths. Tie each piece to a hole. Now you will be able to tie the sides together. I left the top untied for Cole. This way he can slide his pictures in and out without Mommy having to tie and untie.
I also made little handles for him, too. I just took the same tape and put it sticky side up. I folded over the middle just halfway onto itself. I left the ends unfolded, so I could attach the handles to the portfolio.
Here is the finished product and the proud owner.
Try it. It was a lot of fun! Cole is now a “big boy” artist.