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!
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