Easy Clip Art Rails

Submitted by Ana White on Fri, 01/22/2010 - 23:05
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If you are looking for an inexpensive project to dress up a blank wall or a means to hang your child's artwork, look no further. These easy clip art rails are inexpensive and easy to build.

8 Feet long as shown


Shopping List

2 – 1×2 pine or MDF strips, 8 feet long (I used firring strips from Lowes for 75 cents each)
2 – bags of small clothespins, 24 count each (bought mine at Joanns for $2.49 each)
Glue (I used Elmers)
Paint (I used Valspar Antique White Satin leftover from the bookcases. The fastest method would be to spraypaint)
4 screws or 4 Picture Hanging Brackets

Common Materials
120 grit sandpaper
Cut List

You can cut your boards down to size, but it's not necessary.

Power Sander


Step 1

Remove the springs from the clothespins.

Step 2

Paint the wood part of the clothespins and the boards.

Step 3

Step 4

Reassemble the clothespins. Then glue the clothespins to the boards. I glued the clothespins ever 4″ starting 2″ from the ends. You can do this by marking the board at 2″, 6″, 10″, 14″, 18″, 22″ . . . and so on, every 4″ until the last mark at 94″. Alternate pins facing upwards and downwards.


odomamo (not verified)

Sat, 01/23/2010 - 07:25

I have done this and got trim or chair rail and attached the sivler not clips to it. Get the white trim etc. and no need to paint and have it cut at the store.

Anne @ the doc… (not verified)

Sat, 01/23/2010 - 07:38

This is awesome :) I'm totally making this for my craft room!! Thanks!!

Jen (not verified)

Sat, 01/23/2010 - 08:06

Great ideas! I love your blog. Have fun in Hawaii. We live on Maui and get our daily does of vitamin d every day!!! Thanks for visiting!

Maryann @ Dome… (not verified)

Sat, 01/23/2010 - 09:30

Aloha! Have a fab time! Can't wait to make these for our bonus room.

Gail :) (not verified)

Sat, 01/23/2010 - 14:46

I just found your blog and I am in LOVE!!!! I have been telling everyone I know about it! I am off to add a link to your blog from mine. You are so generous. I cannot wait to get building :)

Jeanette (not verified)

Sat, 01/23/2010 - 16:04

This is such a great idea. I am thinking about using this to keep my 'ideas' and 'projects' handy. Great idea.

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