Wednesday, April 21, 2010

Kids Art Portfolio

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.

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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. 

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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. 

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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.



  1. My daughter would love this! She wants to be a painter when she grows up.

  2. very cool. I can imagine what my kids would try to stuff in it.

  3. His painting is GREAT...the colors and patterns it took on...he should be very proud! Cute idea too! I have been just using a manilla folder for girlie, this is way cooler!

  4. Oh, that's so adorable! Look at how proud he is!

  5. My daughter wants to be "Georgia O'Keeffe" so this would be perfect for her;)

  6. I love it. I like the storage. Pictures can last only so long on the fridge before I start getting antsy about all the clutter!

  7. This is a terrific idea! We made one out of a file folder - the children painted it on the outside. Yours would probably hold up so much better and keep large pieces of art.

  8. Love this - it's getting linked tomorrow on my familyed blog :)

  9. This is a great idea! I'm always looking for places to store the kids' artwork!

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