Years ago I saw these in a Pottery Barn catalog, and loved them. Unfortunately, I did not love the price. A friend and I got together and made a set, and I used them forever.
Over the years, I have wanted to re-do them, and make a few changes. I finally got the opportunity when we decided to finish our basement, and build a large family room (still in progress, I might add). These will hang on one of the larger walls, along with some other “stuff” (still deciding on that too), and once it’s done I will add pics of the finished project.
For now, here are the boards…one for each of my children. I have to add, that you don’t have to use these to hold your children’s artwork. They can also be used in a kitchen, mudroom, or office, to hold papers and other items. Placing them in a child’s bedroom and personalizing it would also be really fun.
ITEMS YOU NEED:
-1×6 board, cut into desired length. I made 3 foot boards, with 3 clips.
-paint color of choice; craft paint or spray paint
-stain, if desired
-6x 1/2 flat Phillips zinc screws (1 per clip)
-longer screws, to attach to wall
-wood plugs, 3/8 inch buttons
-bulldog clips, 2 1/4 inches (made for screws–UPC code #:079946020021)
***OR, as pictured above, you can use decorated clothespins instead of the clips. Both adorable, just depends on what you are looking for!***
-cut wood into desired length (hardware stores should do this for you if you need it.)
-router edges if desired
-paint, distress, and stain
-drill in bulldog clips, using phillips screws. If you are doing a 3 foot board, measuring from the very edge of your board, place your screws at 6 inches, 18 inches, and 30 inches. Lay a long ruler on your board, and mark exactly where you want them. Drill the screw in almost all the way, then take it out. Place the screw where it goes on the clip, then use a screwdriver to screw it in. If you plan on adding vinyl lettering, make sure you place the clips down far enough for it to fit, but don’t let the clip hang of the board.
-add vinyl lettering
-using longer screws, attach to the wall. Paint your wood plugs to match your board, then cover the holes with them.