{art clip boards}

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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.


-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.

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About Simply Kierste Design Co.

Kierste is a blogger who shares her love of all things DIY. She is the mother of six, and focuses on simple ideas and projects to make a house a home! When she's not chasing around two sets of twins, a teenager, and a baby, she's working on a project, training for her next race, reading one of her favorite books, or baking something with chocolate in it.

11 thoughts on “{art clip boards}

  1. These are awesome – great idea. I'm going to make some right now. Thanks for the great idea. I've had wood sitting in my garage and didn't know what I wanted to do with it. Thanks for the wonderful idea.

  2. I have seen these for years and have always wanted to make some. They are very cute and maybe I might get around to it some day. I have looked at your blog a couple of times and you have very cute ideas. I just added you to our fun blog list. simplyhomeandfamily.blogspot.com.
    Have a great day!

  3. I really love this idea! My kiddos always want to display their artwork and I end up taping it to the window – this is much better! Thanks for sharing.


  4. These are great! I have been wanting to buy these for a few years. Now I can make them thanks to your cool tutorial! YEA! Love your blog BTW!

  5. Question…I am slightly clueless when it comes to crafting. Where do I go to get the cute lettering?

  6. These are great! Just one question….
    Where do you get your vinyl lettering? I love it and the ones on your other projects but don't know where to find these for a good price.

  7. such a wonderful idea,, i had to join as a follower of your blog because I was going cross eyed from trying to read all the back posts,

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