One area that I had to tackle after we moved into our new house was how to display both my boy’ artwork. Their preschool sends home sooo much artwork and my kids want every. single. thing. displayed. This DIY artwork display is a super easy, inexpensive solution to display all of your child’s prized drawings!
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- 2 pieces of poplar hobby board(.25×7.25×2) from Home Depot for around $3 each.
- MinWax stain in Walnut (applied with a foam brush)
- 10 wooden clothespins, 2in long
- hot glue gun
- vinyl letters cut with Cricut Cutting Machine
I stained both boards with MinWax Walnut stain. For the personalization part, you can do so many different things- I did vinyl letters. I used my Cricut Cutting Machine to cut out each boy’s name in white vinyl and then applied to the top center portion of each board. I prefer to buy my vinyl from here: Adhesive-Backed Vinyl for Craft Cutters, 30 sheets Vinyl can get pricey, and I like that you get a large assortment of different colors. I am still using my pack that I bought over a year ago, and I am constantly making vinyl monograms.
I spaced out 5 different clothespins on each board and glued them in place with my hot glue gun. Periodically, my boys rip down each other’s artwork… I like to call it brotherly love….. this in turn breaks the clothespin in half about 25% of the time. Then, it ends up looking like this because I wait months until I fix it because life happens….. 3 of the clothes pins are broken off.
It is easy to pop off the broken pieces with a screwdriver. I then replace them with new clothespins using hot glue. Good as new! Since these boards are so lightweight, I use Command Large Picture-Hanging Strips to hang them. It is nice because I can simply unhook the velcro-like strips if I need to take the board down for anything and then hang it back up. This really came in handy when I was repainting our walls a few months ago and prevents me from having to buy all new command strips(And yes, I painted around the command strips instead of removing them.. don’t judge! It took me long enough to get everything hung straight as it is, having to redo all that again is not fun- the command strips make it easier!).
Thanks for reading!!