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$3 Art Display Tutorial

I’ve been wanting to figure out a way to display the artwork my kids do for a while now. I thought up a lot of different ideas, but in the end they either cost too much or they were too much work. So the other day while I was walking through the dollar store, I came up with this idea for an art display that is simple, cheap, and low commitment (meaning, it only requires 3 small holes in the wall, so moving it isn’t a big deal).
What you will need:

  • Picture hanging wire (I found this at Dollar Tree, $1 for 3 rolls, and it took maybe 1/4 of a roll)
  • Eyelet screws (they carried these at the dollar store, but I wanted super skinny ones to leave as small a hole as possible, so I picked up a bag at Home Depot for a little over $1)
  • Clothespins (Dollar Tree carried a package of 36 for $1)
  • Craft paint or spray paint

1. If you want to, paint your clothespins. You can spray paint them, but I thought using craft paint would be easier, since they’re so small. I painted the back half of each clothespin, waited about 5 minutes and then painted the front end.

2.  Depending on the length of the wall, you may want to use more eyelet screws, but I used 3 on a wall about 10-12 feet long. Screw 1 eyelet screw on each end of the wall and one in the center.
3. Measure out a length of wire about 2 inches longer than the wall you’re using. Wrap one end around one of the end eyelet screws. Then pull the wire taut to the center eyelet and thread it through that eyelet. Finally, wrap it around the other end eyelet screw.

4. Pick out some artwork to showcase, and clothespin it to the line, and you have an instant art display!
For a cute idea on doing your own art show with the kids, check out Lucy’s post here .

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Sunday 13th of October 2013

So eyelet screws are the trick! Need to implement this as soon as possible for our stacks of artwork!

Dawn Madsen

Friday 20th of September 2013

What a great idea! I was just trying to think of a way to display my daughter's artwork in her room so that she could hang stuff up and this would be great!

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Jamie H

Wednesday 18th of September 2013

Brittney, that's so true! Our fridge is always so cluttered, so I'm excited to be transferring these things to the display area- plus it seems to make the kids feel more proud of their accomplishments!