I made this after my son started Kindergarten and began bringing home mountains of drawings, writings and paintings that he wanted hung up. I wanted a place in his bedroom to display everything, but I didn't want to spend the money on a bulletin board. So, I did this instead, and it cost me a little over a dollar.
What I used:
- hemp cord
- wooden embellishments
- painted clothes pins
- screws & a screw gun
- hot glue
It was actually a fun project that my son and I did together. I got a bunch of clothes pins and we painted them all with different colors and designs. I didn't tell him what we were going to use them for so while he was painting them he kept excitedly speculating how we'd be using them.
I put four screws on opposite walls in the bedroom, two on each wall. I used a tape measure to make sure I was about equal distance from the ceiling on each side. When I first put the screws in, I left them about a half inch out of the wall so I would have room to tie the hemp cord to them. Once I had each side tied around the end of the screws, I finished tightening them with the screw gun to pull the lines tight and hold them firmly in place.
I wanted to hide the ugly knots and screws, so I used a hot glue gun to glue pre-painted, wooden embellishments that I'd bought at Michaels directly to the end of the screws. (Those were the only things I had to buy for this project- everything else I already had. Don't you love projects like that?!)
I used the clothes pins to hang up my son's artwork, brought him into the room with my hand over his eyes, then uncovered his face and yelled "Ta-Da!!!" He loved it.
I love it too because now I don't have to fight to spare his feelings by trying to steer him away from taping a "masterpiece" to a door or a wall. He loves having everything hung from here. Plus it's easy for me to sneak in on a regular basis and throw some things away when artwork starts to accumulate.