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the evolution of an art wall

so my fridge.

it was verrrrry slowly getting overtaken with kids pictures. and while i entirely encourage creativity…It was a bit much. and the garbage was underneath and if anyone bumped anything–it would fall into the garbage.

and i said enough is enough and decided to a make a designated spot for it all…

aka..art wall… kids artwall easy diy to get your kids art off the fridge

it leads down the hallway into my craft room…and my daughter’s room…and the bathroom.

I started with newspapers cut to the frames size and taped them up so i could get a placement idea….because the house still had the new feeling where I couldn’t just put holes in the wall willy nilly (i’m over it now!)

and then I slowly over like two months added and subtracted crap until I found the perfect arrangement.
evolution of the art wall i was originally going to hang a curtain rod with clippies on it…(clippies not being the official title)

much like this one



but then i found a straight board….and i knew i had clothespins..and free can’t beat anything in my book. so the board got painted…..and the clothespins got spray painted all different colors.

art wall how to

 and just hot glued them to the board.

clipboard for art wall


I made a giant pencil…just a piece of wood that i cut off the ends to make a point and painted

IMG_3383 i slapped some hot glue around the ends


and covered it with tin foil to create the metal part of the pencil… IMG_3385

looks so fun on the wall!

giant pencil how to


I also dipped an old paint brush in white paint and let it dry on some wax paper and stuck it to the wall as well…. paint brush as art

and added some vinyl to an arch…(go here to see how to add a word to an arch!) (this arch was leftover from when I decorated the dentist office…)

art wall craft vinyl lettering

in short…this project cost me some paint. I reused the frames i already had (some got spray painted) and I  filled the frames with my kids artwork

kids artwork framed

and some free prints (I printed a few from costco…and the giant creativity is intelligence is from HERE and i got it printed off at staples as an engineering print for $1.80.

so really…five bucks was the most i spend.

if you don’t include time. i hemmed and hawed over it entirely to long. but good thing bloggers don’t get paid by the hour.


here is the view from my daughter’s room

art wall for kids

 and the view from the kitchen.

art wall fun quotes and framed pictures of kids artwork

  clever way to hang your kids artwork


art wall vinyl art wall with vinyl saying and definition


(i spy with my little eye my husbands feet…)

here’s some pictures i took in case you want to use them

coloredss coloreds

(and remember my post about art quotes!!!)  art-quote-roundup color-paints-1024x682


About Kimbo

Kimbo blogs at A girl and a glue gun--where she puts her hot glue gun to good use (as well as her vinyl cutter and sewing machine) She loves all crafts and is thrifty (the nice way to say she's cheap) So she is constantly trying to come up with fast and easy projects that won't break the bank! She lives in Idaho with her hot husband and 3 kiddos.


  1. I LOVE this- I have been looking to do something similar down my long hallway for my son. Thanks for the great ideas!
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  2. That is so cute! I would love to do this for my little guy!
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  3. Wow – this is pretty much the best art wall I have ever seen. I LOVE how you showed the progression and shared your thought process. I have thought about a lot of different ways to make my own art wall, and you’ve definitely given me a lot of ideas (and cool pictures too!). I found this post on the creative exchange link up.
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  4. How long is your piece of wood for the clothespins?

  5. How long is the piece of wood you used for the clothespin display?
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  6. The link for adding vinyl to an arch is not working??

  7. Melissa T says:

    This looks great! How did you mount the board onto the wall? (and the paintbrush, too!) I think I’m going to use this idea in my kids’ playroom. Love it!

    • I screwed the board onto the wall. and the paintbrush is nailed to the wall (the nail is right in the bristles and won’t go up because of all the hard paint!)

  8. Hi Kimbo. I was inspired by both your pencil and paint brush art, and used them in my recent playroom makeover. I just finished the One Room Challenge. Check them out on my blog over at http://songthatdoesntend.blogspot.com/2015/11/orc-week-6-playroom-reveal.html. Thanks : -)
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  9. I absolutely love this!!!! I am so going to attempt pt this! Love love love it!! And I finally have a use for those old painot brushes too. Tha ks for shsring!

  10. Love this! We’re fellow Idahoans and looking for inspiration for our new playroom. Please tell me more about the ‘Imagination’ arch! I adore the vinyl lettering and the arch!

  11. Maria Tecuatl says:

    This is adorable! I am so glad I came accross your blog. Where did you purchase the arch? I’ve tried looking it up with no luck. Thanks in advance!

  12. I love this! I am going to give the artwork hanging part a try tomorrow. Thank you for sharing this great idea.

  13. Superbe!!!!

  14. Susan Anderson says:

    I love it! Where did you find the banner you used with imagination on it? The wall is gorgeous!

  15. This looks great! I really like board with the colored clothespins – I was going to get the wire with the clippies (that is too the correc title!) at ikea, but now I’m thinking of going this route instead.
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