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.

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Guest (not verified)

Fri, 08/05/2011 - 08:01

This is a dumb and delayed question...If you take the the springs off of the clothespin, how do you hang pictures? I know, I'm really slow...

Sherrie (not verified)

Fri, 08/19/2011 - 07:09

I made one for my son and it turned out so cute! It's such a great idea!

diana (not verified)

Wed, 09/21/2011 - 16:40

Great for an idea board in my art-crafting space.

Plus messages to myself to get busy and off the computer! LOL

Tiffanie (not verified)

Sat, 11/05/2011 - 15:04

Hi there, Ana!

Just found your website a few days ago. So wonderful! As an architect I find looking at how other people detail things fascinating.

I did a similar art wall for my daugther, with trim boards held off the wall with 3/8" plastic spacers. It is a godsend, as the amount of artwork around here is prolific!


Great work!


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Sat, 07/14/2012 - 01:28

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