Wednesday, April 30, 2014

Art Display Racks Tutorial

My husband and I made these art display racks recently and I wanted to share the steps we used. The racks were inspired by these cute art clip racks from Pottery Barn Kids which are no longer available (they were around $40 each plus shipping). We made 6 for $22 total.

Materials Needed (to make 6)

  • (3) 1" x 4" x 8' pine boards
  • (18) bulldog clips (I used size 0 X-Acto Bulldog Clips but would probably use a larger size next time)
  • (18) #6 or #8 x 5/8" long truss head screws (we used #8 but the #6 ones fit better in the size 0 clips)
  • stain (I used Minwax Provincial)


1. Cut the boards to 36" lengths

2. Stain/finish boards and let dry

3. Starting from the left, drill pilot holes 1" from the top at 6-7/8", 18", and 29-1/8"

4. Put a truss head screw into the back hole of the bulldog clip as shown above (the truss head screws are nice because they have a larger head that is kind of like a built-in washer to prevent the screw from slipping through the hole).

5. Slip a small screwdriver through the front hole of the clip and tighten the screws.

Click on the image below for a printable drawing with all dimensions.


We screwed the display racks directly into the wall (using drywall anchors) down a long hallway. We just put one screw right below the middle clip so it would be hidden by papers and used a small ball of mounting putty (Fun-Tak) on each side to keep them from tipping from side to side.

Approximate Costs (to make 6)

pine boards: $15
bulldog clips: $5
truss head screws: $2
total: $22 ($3.60 each)

Loving all the room to hang the kids' artwork!

Linked up to: The Party Bunch and Tatertots & Jello and Reasons to Skip the Housework


Melanie said...

The perfect way to showcase art AND fill space in my hallway! Love this idea! I'd love to see you link this up at Skip The Housework party!

anu said...

This is such a great idea! My little ones are always so excited to see their artwork on display. Love these!