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DIY Art Display Project

DIY Art Display Project
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Synopsis: Create the perfect place to display and organize your children's (always accumulating) artwork!

Is there a flurry of paper every time you open your refrigerator door? If you have kids (even just one!) you know what I mean. Their artwork is everywhere! I love having it proudly displayed, and they love it too, but I needed a new way to organize and display it without putting tape and push pins all over my walls! Of course, I went straight to Pinterest to help me out with this one. I knew I wasn't the only one with this problem. I decided that adding a couple of pieces of wood with some clips was the perfect solution. It was a simple project I could do with just a few supplies, that would allow me and my daughter to switch out her always accumulating artwork, and look great in my home - with a little help from Beautiful Wall Decals!

DIY Art Display

Supplies

  • 1 or 2 pine boards (I used 3" x 1" boards, 6 feet long.  Just go to Home Depot or Lowe's and have them cut them however long you need.  Lay them down on the floor to make sure they aren't warped!)
  • Metal Clips (from the office supply store)
  • Paint (I used black spray paint. A sponge brush is helpful to even things out)
  • Glue (Gorilla glue is always my favorite! Just make sure you glue will work for both wood and metal)
  • Level (You can get a free app for your phone if you don't have a "real life" one)
  • Screws/Anchors for installation
  • Decal (more about this later!)

Some of the supplies ready to go

 
 
Step 1:
Paint your boards.  Don't forget the sides!  Let it dry completely.
 
 
Step 2. 
Apply the clips.  You can determine the ideal distance by gathering up some artwork and laying it along the boards as you would like them displayed.  I didn't really measure, but you can if you know it will bother you later that they are not perfectly spaced.  (You know who are you!) Once you have them spaced, simply apply glue to the back of your clips and position them.  Let it dry overnight.  
 

 

Step 3

Now you're ready to hang them up!  You can use any method that works best for you and your walls, but my husband just screwed this directly onto the walls.  No muss, no fuss!

Here is where your level comes in handy. These are long boards, so you want to make sure you're level on both ends and the middle. If you're using two, as I did, hang some paper on the first board to make sure that you leave adequate spacing between the two. Make sure to leave room for your decal on top!

 

Step 4

Apply your decal!  Beautiful Wall Decals has so many great options for a kid's art wall, so I had a hard time deciding. I finally chose the "Every child is an artist" decal. Take a look at their installation video to see just how easy it is to do.  

 

We've always been proud to display our daughter's artwork, and now it's even more visible and organized.  We're so happy with the way it turned out!  

 



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