The new craft office is coming along swimmingly! It still needs a few more finishing touches like, well, doors, but I am happy to show my child’s very own art display board and how to make your own. Hint: It’s so easy! Now, my son is quite the artist, as in I could probably wallpaper an entire room just with his favorite artworks. We consistently go through them and sort some into save vs trash but there are still so many left over. Of course, I want him to feel pride in his art (while saving our poor fridge from looking like a mummy). So an art gallery wall was the perfect solution.
- 1 x 6 boards
- eyelet hooks (extra long to go through the board and wall)
- hanging clips – we used these and used approximately 2 per linear foot of board
I started by staining the 3 boards. I used 4-foot poplar boards with no knots and Cabot Autumn Glow Stain. I sanded them with 320 grit sandpaper and very slightly rounded the sharp edges. I used a brush on the first coat but the boards were so dry, they literally soaked in the stain in seconds and it made it difficult to fix any runs or blemishes. I sanded a bit more to get rid of any brush strokes. After that, I used a soaked, waded-up t-shirt and this worked much better. The T-shirt applied thinner coats but I didn’t have any brush strokes. After that, each board got 3 thin coats of satin polyurethane.
The boards are hung directly on the wall using the eyelet screws. Of course, we pre-drilled a hole in the board and the wall to anchor the screws. We also used a level to make sure the boards were straight.
After hanging the art display boards, I used wire to string the clips between the eyelet screws. I simply twisted the ends very tight. I found these cute clips at Micheal’s in the craft supply storage section. Because my child’s artwork can vary wildly in size, I mostly use two (or more if really large) clips to hang each piece of art.
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I love how it finished out his desk area. Now he has his own personal art work area. I thought about putting something like this in his room but it definitely feels like it belongs here.
The craft room is complete! Check it out:
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