Your budding Picasso’s works of art deserve a proper display! Encourage them with a kid’s art display that will be both attractive and show your pride in their work.
In my craft room makeover, I am happy to share the space with my son as he works alongside me on homework, doodles, and building Lego villages. Like most proud mommas, I could probably wallpaper an entire room with just his favorite artworks. Of course, I want him to feel pride in his art (while saving our poor fridge from looking like a mummy).
As part of that makeover, I wanted to display some of his original artwork on the walls and found a really fun way to showcase it in a kid’s art display (more on that in a minute). It is really easy, but I also want to give you some of the best ideas I have seen around the internet to show off those heartfelt creations.
Children’s Artwork Display Ideas
Years ago, when I made my son’s gallery wall, there weren’t many options so we had to make one. But times have changed! These are my favorite ideas you can use to create a kid’s art gallery wall or mix and match with our tutorial below for a custom display.
Oversized Photo Holders – Includes 25 clips and mounting hardware to make it so easy to hang! I have also seen cork boards used in much the same way.
Personalized Sign with Wooden Clothespins – The clothespins are actually glued to the surface here rather than hung by string, which means the string won’t bend. The sting in the photo is only decorative.
White Clamp Style – Powerful magnets secure the artwork between the two wooden slats, which separate easily to allow for a frequent rotation of their latest and greatest creations.
Steel Rod Hanging Apparatus – Make your child feel special by displaying art projects, photos, greeting cards and other family keepsakes on the hanging clips, which cascade down or you can buy multiple rods. Wire cable can support 30 LBS and the mounting cylinder brackets have a contemporary chrome finish.
How We Built Our DIY Kid’s Art Display
- 1 x 6 boards (we bought 1 4-foot board and 1 8-foot poplar board, cut in half)
- Screw Eye hooks (extra-long to go through the board and wall)
- Cable Wire
- Hanging Clips – we used these and used approximately 2 per linear foot of board
*Note: Boards are not really required for this project if you install the screw eyes into studs. We used boards to match the room aesthetic, and to prevent the cable wire tension from pulling the screw eyes together.
1. Prepare the Back board
We cut the boards to our desired length, 48 inches long.
I used poplar boards with no knots and Early American 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 soaked in the stain in seconds which made it difficult to fix runs or blemishes. After that, I used a soaked, wadded-up t-shirt for the last 2 coats.
Step 2: Pre-drill the Eye Screws
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.
Pro Tip: Screw eyes aren’t the easiest to drive in. You can use a screw driver put through the eye and turn it by hand to get more leverage. However, you can also use a Wing Nut driver on a drill.
Step 3: Decide Positioning and hang board
After deciding the distance necessary between boards, we held them up to the wall. We used a level and finished screwing the screw eye through the drywall.
Step 4: Add wire and clips
After hanging the art display boards, I used wire to string the clips between the eyelet screws. I simply twisted the ends very tight. 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.
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DIY Kid’s Art Display
- Screw Driver
- Wing Nut driver optional
- Cut boards to desired length and stain or paint as desired. Pay attention to whether the weight requirement (i.e. children pulling on the boards or very heavy mixed media art work) necessitates screwing into studs or using additional wall anchors.
- Pre-drill holes in the boards and screw the anchor through the board. A wing nut driver makes it easier to screw into the wood, but it is not required. You can thread a screw driver through the eye and twist by hand. The holes should not be too close to the edge or you risk splitting or cracking the wood.
- Decide spacing between the boards. Hold each board up to the wall at the desired spacing. Use a level and finish drilling the anchors into the walls.
- Twist the wire around the eye screws tightly. Add clips as desired.
- Screw eyes and eyelet lags are terms sometimes used interchangeably for a long screw with a rounded eye on the end similar to a closed hook.
- Boards are not really required for this project if you install the screw eyes into studs. We used boards to match the room aesthetic, and to prevent the cable wire tension from pulling the screw eyes together.