Easy DIY Display Board for Photos and Kids Art

Easy DIY Display Board for Photos and Kids Art

Adding light clips to a Display Board is a fun way to organize and show off your photos, art, or even to-do notes!

I’m wrapping up the last projects for the boys’ bedroom makeover and it’s looking so cute. I hope they love it as much as I do. In the last couple of weeks, I’ve been working on the fun, chunky DIY Curtain Rods and the 3D Hot Air Balloon Wall Art. This DIY Display Board for photos and kids art was inspired by my oldest.

He wanted a way to hang things in his room. And we just happened to get these clip lights as a Christmas gift. So, this was a perfect opportunity to use them. I have to say they are really cute. This would work for teenagers or college dorm rooms too. And, I’d totally put one in my office. They’re just fun!

Quick and Easy DIY Light Clip Display Board. Fun way to display kid's art, photos, notes, and more.
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Let’s get this build started.


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Materials for this DIY Display Board for Photos or Kids Art

Note: You can use this DIY with any size board you like. The Clip Light String comes in lots of different lengths. 🙂

Quick and Easy DIY Light Clip Display Board. Fun way to display kid's art, photos, notes, and more.

Steps to Build this DIY Display Board for Photos or Kids Art

  1. Start by sanding all sides and ends of your board smooth.
  2. Dust off, then apply your stain or paint. If you’re using a type of wood with knots, you should prime before painting.
  3. Once the board is stained or painted, and dry, apply a coat of Polyurethane to protect the finish.
  4. Paint the Battery Box to match the board or the wall it will hang on.

    Close up of Battery Pack. Quick and Easy DIY Light Clip Display Board. Fun way to display kid's art, photos, notes, and more.
    Close up of Battery Pack painted and attached to wall next to board.

  5. Now the fun part, figure out how far apart you need to space your lights to have them evenly spaced across the board.
  6. I used a fast-setting super glue to attach the clips to the wood. Just hold each clip in place for 30-seconds for it to set then move to the next one. Quick and Easy!
  7. Make sure to keep the string untangled as you glue down the clips.
  8. Once each clip is glued down, you can leave the string between them loose or staple it down, like I did. Be careful with those staples. You don’t want to puncture the wire.

    The extra wiring stapled to the back. Quick and Easy DIY Light Clip Display Board. Fun way to display kid's art, photos, notes, and more.
    The extra wiring stapled to the back.

  9. I also stapled down the extra length of string between the last clip and the battery box to keep it out of sight.
  10. I used 4 Sets of Velcro Command Strips to attach my board to the wall. And 1 Set to attach the Battery Box to the wall. These things are great, I use them whenever I can to avoid putting holes everywhere. You can also use normal picture hanging hooks. But the board won’t sit flat against the wall.

    You can see 3 of the Velcro Command Strips here. Quick and Easy DIY Light Clip Display Board. Fun way to display kid's art, photos, notes, and more.
    You can see 3 of the Velcro Command Strips here.

  11. Now, fill up those clips with photos, fun memories, kids artwork, your to-do lists, anything you’d like. 🙂
Quick and Easy DIY Light Clip Display Board. Fun way to display kid's art, photos, notes, and more.
You can see more of the boys’ bedroom here. Including the DIY PVC Pipe Tent, DIY Felt Art Canvas, and some more fun decor.
Quick and Easy DIY Light Clip Display Board. Fun way to display kid's art, photos, notes, and more. Display & Notes area to organize kids, teens, college dorms, and an office.
So many ways to use this display board!

UPDATE: You can see the Boys Bedroom Full Reveal now. I’d love for you to stop by and check it out. 🙂


Want to see more of my boys’ bedroom makeover? Check out the plans and updated project list.

It's time to update our boy's room again. Here's a peek at our 2018 Boys Room Ideas. Blue Triangle Quilt, Blue & White Curtains, DIY Drop Cloth PVC Tent, and DIY Wall Art

Or add a little style to your home while having fun with your Miter Saw, with this DIY Scrap Wood Wall Art.

Build your own custom DIY Scrap Wood Wall Art. Works for Barn Quilt, Tribal Art, Boho, Mosaic, geometric wood designs and more. Includes DIY Wood Wall Art Tutorial steps and how-to video!


Feeling inspired? Get out there and make your own DIY Display Board for Photos or Kids Art. Follow the links above to get the things you’ll need. Have fun and let me know if you have questions. Don’t forget to sign up for the Abbotts At Home email newsletter to get DIY, Remodeling, and Crafty ideas in your inbox.

14 thoughts on “Easy DIY Display Board for Photos and Kids Art

  1. This is a great idea. It would work in most rooms. Kudos to you and your son for thinking of it .

  2. I love anything with light, especially in the Midwest when it gets dark at 4:30. This is a cute idea.

  3. What a fun way to display things! Great project!

  4. Great idea . Found you at Handmade hangout. I plan a share for this on my FB page.

  5. I just love this project! I love anything with family pictures and lights – so together it’s perfect 🙂

  6. It can be so challenging to come up with great ways to display photos, and kids’ artwork in particular! I love this idea. Pinning and sharing on the Hearth and Soul Facebook page. Thank you for sharing, and for being a part of the Hearth and Soul Link Party.

  7. This would be perfect for our boys’ rooms! They always want to save various things, and corkboards with thumbtacks aren’t the safest around our 18month old.

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