DIY Rustic Children’s Art Display

Hey everyone! Amanda here from Old House to New Home, and I am so glad to be back this month sharing a craft! My previous posts have been recipes but I decided to bust out my crafty side this month!

I don’t know about you, but I am not a big fan of stuff hanging off the fridge. I think it looks cluttered and the last thing I need is more clutter! I have been wanting to create something that can display my daughter’s artwork that I could hang in our stairwell that leads to her playroom. I thought this would be the perfect spot so that she can see it and be proud of her work every time she goes to her playroom.

DIY Rustic Children’s Art Display

DIY Rustic Children's Art Display || Cut way to display kids artwork

My art display is super rustic and I used very old wood that I heavily distressed. If you aren’t into the rustic look or it doesn’t fit your house, just use a new piece of cheap pine from the hardware store. The nice men there will even cut it for you so you don’t have to handle any power tools! A short piece of 1X6 would be perfect for this.

DIY art display || cute way to hold and display kids' art

So here’s how I did it. You only need a few things, and you may already have them on hand!


  • 1 piece of scrap wood, mine is 28 inches long and is reclaimed wood that I salvaged from our bathroom remodel.
  • 4 clothespins, full sized or mini both work
  • acrylic craft paint in your choice of colors
  • Glue gun
  • screws or nails

1. Begin by painting or staining your wood. I stained really old white wood from our bathroom remodel ( I used the same wood to create a towel rack and art) using Minwax Dark Walnut paint, and then heavily distressed it using sandpaper to pull of of lots of the stain. Stain and distress it however you like!

distressed old wood

2. Paint your clothespins. I thought the mix of pink and aqua was fun and playful! You only need to paint the front and sides because the back isn’t visible.

DIY Children's Art Display

3.When your clothespins are dry and your wood is dry, get out your glue gun. Run a bead of hot glue {you can also use wood glue} down the back of your clothespin. Press the clothespin onto the wood firmly.

DIY Children's Art Display

4. Let clothespins dry overnight and then hang! We used screws so that it would be heavy duty. We used coarse drywall screws directly threw the wood. The screws add to the rustic effect I am going for! If you don’t want to screw into your wall, you could use saw tooth hangers on the back and nail into your wall to hang.

DIY Rustic  Art Display

And that’s it! Easy and it serves exactly the purpose I wanted it to! It fits perfectly in this little stair nook where I already have a watercolor banner that my daughter created a few months ago. This DIY Rustic Wood Children’s Art Display finishes off the space perfectly!

DIY Rustic Wood Children's Art Display

I would love if you stopped by Old House to New Home to check out what else I am cooking and crafting up! See you next month!! -Amanda

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  1. 1

    You are so talented! Love the pop of color!