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One Room Challenge: My $10 Trick to Display Kids’ Art

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I can’t believe that the final reveal day for the One Room Challenge is closing in on us.

I’m working hard — slowly but surely — on my four-year-old’s bedroom makeover.

You can see all the “before” photos as well as my plans right over here in this post.

Toddler Bedroom Makeover Progress Report!

A few weeks back, I made lots of progress on Marshall’s room makeover.

This week, though?

We didn’t get through quite as many to-dos as I’d hoped.

And I’m still waiting for a bunch of things to arrive that are back-ordered, or taking longer than usual to ship thanks to the pandemic.

I did, however, style and organize his new bookshelf and hung a few things on the wall.

That’s better than no progress at all, right?!

I tell you, with everything that’s happened in the world in the last couple of months, I have very much learned to celebrate the small wins in life.

How to Showcase Creativity in Kids’ Spaces

Every designer has a different philosophy when it comes to decorating children’s spaces.

But there’s one rule I always follow when I’m creating a room for a little one.

Can you guess what it is?

I’m a big proponent of dedicating a spot in the room to showcase a child’s creativity — making space for all those clay figurines and drawings and color-by-number sheets to be proudly displayed.

My kids’ bedrooms are no exception.

Our playroom has always had a great little spot to display both kids’ art projects.

And I turned some of Haley’s artwork into 18×24 prints thanks to a great app called Doodlespot (you can see her room and her artwork here).

But I never gave Marshall a place in his own room to show off his artwork.

And since we’re in the middle of redoing his room, I decided that now was the time to make sure he has his own little art gallery nook in his bedroom.

This “gallery” DIY was simple and cost me about $10. 

How crazy is that?

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Clipboard Art Display: Marshall’s New Wall “Art Gallery”

Here’s Marshall’s new “art gallery.”

You won’t believe how easy it was to create.

Marshall's art is displayed on his bedroom wall - art clipped to clipboard hung on the Star Wars wallpaper, above is blue cubicle bookshelf.

Yep …. I created a gallery made up of basic clipboards!

Why clipboards, you ask? Well, I’ll tell you:

  • They’re crazy inexpensive.
  • They’re neutral in color, so they make a nice blank canvas for Marshall’s artwork to really shine.
  • They make it super easy to switch out art pieces whenever we feel like it.

How’d I hang them?

With 3M Command picture-hanging strips. They’re my FAVORITE for hanging just about anything and everything.

If you’re an Amazon Prime member, you can grab a pack or two with free two-day shipping.

It was beyond easy to hang up the clipboards and took me all of 10 minutes.

A close-up look at the clipboard wall art display in Marshall's room - clipboards are hung to the wall, holding kids artwork.

I just love his new little art showcase area:

Another angle showing the clipboard art display in Marshall's room - we simply hung clipboards on the wall and clipped his artwork on them, displaying this work above his blue cubicle bookshelf.

Supplies You Need to Create a Clipboard Kids Art Wall

This is all you need to create your own “art gallery:”

Use these plain brown office clipboards to create a fun clipboard kids art gallery in any room.

Buy your 6-pack of clipboards now!

Command Strips are perfect for hanging clipboards on the wall to create a clipboard kids art gallery.

Buy your 3M Command Strips now!

Clipboard Art Gallery Variations to Try

Not a fan of putting plain old clipboards on the walls?

No problem!

There are plenty of ways to put your own spin on this project.

For a really budget-friendly approach, you could use acrylic craft paint to transform your plain clipboards into a more colorful art display.

If painting isn’t your thing, you could also try using any of the clipboard styles below on your walls.

Luckily there are so many varieties of clipboards available, and many of them are really well priced.

Click on the links below this image collage to shop!

A collage of a variety of clipboards - black, white, clear, and colorful clipboards -  all perfect for creating a clipboard kids art gallery wall.

Style 1 // Style 2 // Style 3 // Style 4 // Style 5 // Style 6

So what do you think?

Is this a project you’d try in your own home?

By the way, if you’re looking for more help with creating gallery walls or finding the perfect print for the kids’ rooms, I’ve got you covered!

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