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.


The Faveros (not verified)

Sat, 01/23/2010 - 20:08

This is the first project idea you gave me that I made!! There is one in my daughters and my son's room!!

Elizabeth (not verified)

Sun, 01/24/2010 - 02:20

I am making this! I hope today. My daughter has all sorts of papers that she brings home from school.

B (not verified)

Sun, 01/24/2010 - 12:51

I think I'm going to redecorate my whole house in Knock-Off Wood! I have an empty corner in my living room and lots of kid art to hang up; this would be perfect!

stef j. (not verified)

Sun, 01/24/2010 - 20:07

a. i love these clip-art rails!! SO doing it in my 3 1/2 yr. old's room.

b. which island are you coming to? we live on oahu and i do photography it you want more pics! {lame plug, i know)

c. have you ever considered doing modern style furniture?? i know you're more into "rustic", but i'd love some tips/pointers on the modern lines :)

cara (not verified)

Sun, 01/24/2010 - 21:01

THANK YOU FOR YOUR SITE!!!! I have been drooling over it ever since I saw it on ohdeedoh a few weeks ago. Yaaaay, I am so excited to get some projects going...and it looks like you're from Alaska?? I'm in Anchorage, lived here a while, and HATE that everything costs more up here, OR that we have limited options. My husband and I are s-l-o-w-l-y updating/remodeling our 70's house (takes a while because we have 4 young kids, and we do all the work ourselves...) Anyway, have fun in Hawaii, love it there! We got to go in November :) Thanks again, Ana!!

Cottage Dreamers (not verified)

Tue, 01/26/2010 - 07:33

A friend introduced me to your blog and I'm already addicted! I can't wait to get started on some of these projects. I'm so glad you're sharing with us!

Marissa (not verified)

Tue, 01/26/2010 - 08:49

Thank you so much!!! I am in the process of organizing my scrap room, and these Clip Art Rails are fabulous!!! I am going to use them (with modification) for rubber stamps, across the top, and hanging embellishments.
Fabulous!!! now I know how to do it!

Kate (not verified)

Tue, 04/20/2010 - 07:56

I found your blog via facebook... a friend of mine is making the modern style farmhouse table and posted a link to your blog. I LOVE IT!! I made the clip-art rails today for both my girls' bedrooms. I think it is so important to showcase kids' work and this is an excellent way to do so!! Thank you!!!

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