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DIY Kids Wall Art Display

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Spring is here and summer break is just around the corner. With kids home more often comes the infamous saying “Mom I’m bored!” One way I combat this boredom in my home is through crafts. My children are obsessed with anything that has to do with drawing, painting, or coloring. In fact, my 3-year-old proudly refers to himself as an artist. I can sit him down with a pencil and paper and he will stay occupied for hours.

However, there is a downside to a proud artist spending hours on drawings. They want to display every single picture they make. My fridge is literally covered with his pictures. I love having my kids artwork out on display, but when you open the fridge, and ten pictures fall everywhere, and you can’t find that party invitation you put up so you would remember it, things get frustrating.

So, I decided to think up a solution to my problem. I came up with a trendy wall display for kids artwork to hang in my family room. I’m excited because now I have a gallery to show off my little artists work. Here are the plans and a tutorial so you can make one (or two or three) too! The best part of this project is that it was very cheap and only took a few hours to make.

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Items you will need:

  • A wood pallet (or a piece of wood in whatever size you would like the display to be)
  • Stain (we used Minwax stain in weathered oak)
  • Two sawtooth picture hangers
  • Clips to hang the child’s artwork from
  • Small screws or nails to attach the clips

Tools you will need:

  • Printer
  • Pencil
  • Screwdriver
  • Hammer or crowbar
  • Paintbrush or cloth to apply stain
  • Jigsaw
  • Sandpaper

We were able to find everything we needed for this project by going to our local Home Depot and Hobby Lobby here in St. Augustine.

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1. First, you need to pick your favorite board from the pallet and use your hammer or crowbar to remove it. Try your best not to split the wood when getting the nails out.

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2. Next, you need to print out an initial in a size that will fit your wood board. We just googled the letter we wanted and printed it out with a 3-inch maximum height. Then, you want to cut out the letter and trace it with a pencil onto your board. Tip: leave a little space around the letter to keep the wood from splitting while cutting it.

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3. Now is the fun part! Cut out the letter you traced with your jigsaw. We used a drill bit to make holes in the letter so the jigsaw could turn easier while we were cutting it out. Tip: If you don’t have a jigsaw, just paint inside the area you traced. So you still get the monogram look without having to invest in any power tools. Another option is to paint the entire board with chalkboard paint; then you can write whatever you want on your display. 

4. Get out your sandpaper and sand the whole thing down. Pallet wood tends to have a lot of splinters, so this will make it smooth and safe. It will also hide any imperfections caused by cutting out your monogram.

5. Stain the whole board according to the directions on your stain.

6. When the stain dries, it is time to attach your clips. We used clips we found at hobby lobby, and they did not come with screws. We had to take the clips to Home Depot and find screws that would fit. We used six clips on each board but feel free to use however many or little you like. Make sure to measure the distance of your clips, so they go on the board nice and even.

7. Flip the board over and attach your sawtooth picture hangers. We used two per board, one towards each end to keep the display nice and firm against the wall. The last thing you want is the kids knocking it down every time they go to hang up a new piece of art.

That’s it! Hang it up on the wall and enjoy it. The total cost for us to make this project was about $5 (that was to make two of them). We did, however, use stain we already had, and we picked up a free pallet to recycle.

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My kids and I love the way it turned out. If they get older and are no longer into hanging up their art in the family room, they can use it in their room to hang pictures of them and their friends. Hope you enjoy making this as much as we did!

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2 Responses to DIY Kids Wall Art Display

  1. Tom Bowen March 30, 2016 at 12:46 pm #

    Well written blog, Anna! Loved your colorful observations about child-rearing and the practical suggestions to Moms on how to keep the little critters occupied. Who knew you were such a good writer??!!

  2. Anna
    Anna April 29, 2016 at 6:20 pm #

    Thank You 🙂