DIY Modern Farmhouse Kids Activity Wall Board

DIY Modern Farmhouse Kids Activity Wall Board

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If you’re a fan of Farmhouse style kids decor, this DIY adds so much charm and fun to a kid’s room or playroom!

I recently shared the big reveal for my boys bedroom makeover. I absolutely love that room now. It’s a fun mix of traditional elements and Modern Farmhouse style. It makes me smile as soon as I walk in. So far, I’ve shared all of the DIY projects from that room, EXCEPT for this DIY Modern Farmhouse Kids Activity Wall Board. And it’s about time that I did, because it’s one of my favorite projects in the room!

I went for an extra big Wall Board with 3 different activity boards to keep my boys busy. In fact, mine is about 8′ long. But don’t worry, you can adjust the build size to fit your space and design. You can also mix and match your own activity boards. My guys are little, so a Lego Board, Magnet Board, and Peg Board work great for them now.

When they’re a bit older I can change things up, give them a Basketball hoop next to a Velcro Ball Target. Or cool marble run pieces for their magnet board or peg board. Maybe they’d like another Lego Board one day. Or, I could attach one of those fun craft paper rolls for them to draw new masterpieces on. We’ll see.

I thought up 20 ideas for boards that would be awesome for any age groups, including Mom’s office. BUT I’d LOVE, LOVE, LOVE for you to tell me any fun board ideas you might think up. I can always use clever ideas for future projects.  🙂

Build a fun DIY Modern Farmhouse Kids Activity Wall Board. With 20 Ideas for board options that work for kids, teens, and adults. Like magnet, lego, cork, chalkboard, calendars, and photo display boards. #ModernFarmhouse #KidsFurniture #DIYKids #AbbottsAtHome
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Now, let’s get this build started!


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DIY Modern Farmhouse Kids Activity Wall Board- Materials Needed

  • Wood Glue (I used this extra strong glue)
  • Brad Nailer with 1 1/4″ Brad Nails
  • Kreg Jig and screws
  • Miter Saw and Circular Saw
  • Wood Filler
  • Paint, I used Behr’s Castle Path Latex
  • Stain, I used Minwax’s Golden Oak
  • A Good Water-Based Polyurethane
  • 1×2″ & 1×4″ Select Pine or Poplar
  • 1×3″ Cedar Boards
  • Lattice Boards – Unfinished if Staining, Primed if Painting
An extra long DIY farmhouse style lego and magnet board for kids. Build a fun DIY Modern Farmhouse Kids Activity Wall Board. With 20 Ideas for board options that work for kids, teens, and adults. #ModernFarmhouse #KidsFurniture #DIYKids #AbbottsAtHome
I this huge DIY Modern Farmhouse Kids Activity Board. You can see the DIY Light Clip Display Board in the background.

DIY Modern Farmhouse Kids Activity Wall Board – Build Steps

PLEASE NOTE: Certain types of activity boards will have a DEFAULT SIZE, so it’s best to plan ahead. For example, the Lego Base Plates come in a standard size. You might want to plan the frame to fit around a certain number of base plates. Another example, you can buy chalk board, peg board, plywood, dry erase board, etc in 2′ x 4′ segments at stores like Home Depot and Lowes. And sheet metal for magnet boards comes in sizes like 1′ x 2′ or the 2′ x 3′ size I used. SO PLAN AHEAD for the best layout and size. I actually ended up cutting 2 of my Lego Base Plates with a Utility Knife because the sheet metal for the magnet board would have been much harder to cut. 🙂

Step 1

Plan how many activity boards you’ll need, the type, and size before building. See note above for tips about what to consider.

Step 2

Cut and sand your 1×3’s for the inside frame. I used 2 – 8′ long boards and 4 – 19 1/2″ cedar boards for mine. I drilled 2 pocket holes on each end of the 4 – 19 1/2″ boards with my Kreg Jig R3. Then I sanded the boards smooth with 150-grit sandpaper. It’s easier to sand something this big in pieces. 🙂

A Kreg Clamp in a pocket hole on a cedar 1x3 board. Build a fun DIY Modern Farmhouse Kids Activity Wall Board. With 20 Ideas for board options that work for kids, teens, and adults. #ModernFarmhouse #KidsFurniture #DIYKids #AbbottsAtHome
I’m using my super handy Kreg Right Angle Clamp to keep the boards tight and straight while I screw through the pocket holes to connect these boards.
Step 3

Clamp your boards in place before screwing them together. Assemble the whole inner frame.

Step 4

Wipe the boards clean and stain this frame, per instructions on the frame. When using both stain and paint on a project, it’s easier to get a perfect look by staining and painting the pieces separately.

Cedar frame built. Now, I'm attaching the painted outer frame. Build a fun DIY Modern Farmhouse Kids Activity Wall Board. With 20 Ideas for board options that work for kids, teens, and adults. #ModernFarmhouse #KidsFurniture #DIYKids #AbbottsAtHome
Cedar frame built and stained. Now, I’m attaching the painted outer frame.
Step 5

Cut, sand, and paint the outer 1×2 & 1×4 frame boards. Double-check for exact measurements on the outside of the frame you just built. I used 1 – 8′ long and 2 – 25″ long 1×2 boards, plus 1 – 97 3/4″ long 1×4 for the bottom shelf.

A 1x2 painted with Behr's Castle Path, next to a cedar board stained with Minwax Golden Oak. Build a fun DIY Modern Farmhouse Kids Activity Wall Board. With 20 Ideas for board options that work for kids, teens, and adults. #ModernFarmhouse #KidsFurniture #DIYKids #AbbottsAtHome
I attached the outer 1×2 frame with a 1/4″ gap behind to attach the activity boards. You can increase that gap if you need more space for your activity boards.
Step 6

Once the stained and painted boards are dry, glue and nail the outside frame to the inner. I used 1/4″ thick plywood board as a spacer to create a gap behind the inner frame. This gap creates enough space for you to attach the activity boards you picked. BUT IF YOU PICK A THICKER activity board material, or if you want to use peg board storage organization attachments, you’ll need to adjust your gap to give enough room behind the inner frame.

Step 7

Cut, sand, and paint the Lattice Board that wraps around the bottom shelf. I used 2 – 3 3/4″ boards for the sides and 1 – 98 1/4″ piece for the front. Again, double-check for exact measurements on the outside of the frame you just built. I’m a big fan of double-checking. 🙂

Attaching lattice board painted Behr's Castle Path to a Cedar frame. Build a fun DIY Modern Farmhouse Kids Activity Wall Board. With 20 Ideas for board options that work for kids, teens, and adults. #ModernFarmhouse #KidsFurniture #DIYKids #AbbottsAtHome
Attaching the lattice around the shelf so that all of the little toys don’t fall off.
Step 8

Once the painted lattice boards are dry, glue and nail them to the 1×4 shelf.

Step 9

You can apply your polyurethane to the whole build now. I use a couple coats when it’s something my boys will play with. They like to bang things up a bit. 😉

Step 10

Finish and attach your activity boards with screws, so they can be easily removed later.

The french cleat over the magnet board. Build a fun DIY Modern Farmhouse Kids Activity Wall Board. With 20 Ideas for board options that work for kids, teens, and adults. #ModernFarmhouse #KidsFurniture #DIYKids #AbbottsAtHome
The french cleat over the magnet board.
Pegboard notched out beneath the french cleat and attached to a Farmhouse style frame. Build a fun DIY Modern Farmhouse Kids Activity Wall Board. With 20 Ideas for board options that work for kids, teens, and adults. #ModernFarmhouse #KidsFurniture #DIYKids #AbbottsAtHome
I notched out the pegboard to make sure the metal french cleat would work properly here.
Step 11

Hang the board with appropriate weight wall anchors or french cleats for the weight of your DIY Modern Farmhouse Kids Activity Wall Board. I actually went the extra cautious route and used 2 french cleats that could have held the wait with just one. But, I always go with caution when I build something for my kids. I didn’t want this heavy wood falling on my guys.

ALSO, I used 2 3M Velcro Command Strips on the bottom of the board to prevent the kids from lifting the bottom off the wall. Those command strips keep the board tightly secured to the wall. I actually use this trick a lot. You can see it on the DIY Light Clip Display Board in their room and the 1-Day Bookshelf Build in the Playroom/Office that doubled their book storage.

The back of this big kids activity wall has 2 french cleats and 2 velcro command strips to secure it to the wall. Build a fun DIY Modern Farmhouse Kids Activity Wall Board. With 20 Ideas for board options that work for kids, teens, and adults. #ModernFarmhouse #KidsFurniture #DIYKids #AbbottsAtHome
The yellow arrows point to the french cleats. The pink arrows point to the 3M Velcro Command Strips.

DIY Modern Farmhouse Kids Activity Wall Board – Board Details

Now, let me show you some of the fun details on our 3 activity boards!

A closer look at the Lego Board my son has been loving. Build a fun DIY Modern Farmhouse Kids Activity Wall Board. With 20 Ideas for board options that work for kids, teens, and adults. #ModernFarmhouse #KidsFurniture #DIYKids #AbbottsAtHome
A closer look at the Lego Board my son has been loving. The shelf makes spreading out the Legos so easy!
A cedar and grey Modern Farmhouse Kids Activity Wall. Build a fun DIY Modern Farmhouse Kids Activity Wall Board. With 20 Ideas for board options that work for kids, teens, and adults. #ModernFarmhouse #KidsFurniture #DIYKids #AbbottsAtHome
My little guy loves playing at the DIY Modern Farmhouse Kids Activity Wall Board. He’s a big fan of the magnets. I’m going to start helping them paint or color story backgrounds for the magnets. Like a starry space scene for the astronaut or a grass covered hill for the woodland animals. I made most of the wood magnets with pre-painted wood shapes from Hobby Lobby, superglue, and round magnets.
Wood and geometric kids magnets on a DIY Magnet Board. Build a fun DIY Modern Farmhouse Kids Activity Wall Board. With 20 Ideas for board options that work for kids, teens, and adults. #ModernFarmhouse #KidsFurniture #DIYKids #AbbottsAtHome
My 2-year old loves building 3D structures with those geometric magnet blocks too.
Colorful DIY pegs made from dowels in a painted pegboard. Build a fun DIY Modern Farmhouse Kids Activity Wall Board. With 20 Ideas for board options that work for kids, teens, and adults. #ModernFarmhouse #KidsFurniture #DIYKids #AbbottsAtHome
I made those colorful pegs with dowels from Lowe’s and my acrylic paints. I gave them a coat of glossy Mod Podge to make them shiny.
A pegboard with colorful pegs to make designs and bins for basketball hoops. Build a fun DIY Modern Farmhouse Kids Activity Wall Board. With 20 Ideas for board options that work for kids, teens, and adults. #ModernFarmhouse #KidsFurniture #DIYKids #AbbottsAtHome
I used a couple pegboard hanging brackets to turn these storage bins into ‘basketball hoops’ for little plastic balls.
The full board with the planes, balloons, and clouds I added. Build a fun DIY Modern Farmhouse Kids Activity Wall Board. With 20 Ideas for board options that work for kids, teens, and adults. #ModernFarmhouse #KidsFurniture #DIYKids #AbbottsAtHome
This wall is so fun with the activity board, the vinyl airplanes and clouds, and the 3D Paper Hot Air Balloons. You can read more about the whole wall on the big reveal for this boys bedroom makeover.

Looking for another build to help you organize those toys? Try this DIY Wooden Toy Storage Crate.

A fun teal large kids DIY wooden storage box. Kids playroom toy storage in a open DIY teal crate and a low dresser. Build a Modern Farmhouse DIY Wooden Toy Storage Crate or Box for all of those kids toys cluttering up your house. Makes a beautiful throw pillow and blanket box in a Living Room or catch all storage box for teens too! #AbbottsAtHome #StorageBox #ToyBox #DIYStorage

And be sure to check out the Kids Bedroom Reveal for lots of budget-friendly and fun DIY and decor ideas your kiddos will love!

It's time for the boys bedroom makeover reveal, guys! And I'm so excited to share it with you. The whole room is full of awesome DIY projects, affordable decor, and fun boys bedroom ideas. I'm loving it and so are my boy's! This is a blue, white, and grey bedroom full of pops of fun colors. I think it's a bit Farmhouse, a bit traditional, and a bit Land of Nod. I designed this for my boys, but most of the ideas would work for all kids, boys and girls. #kidsbedroom #kidsroom #boysbedroom #bedroomideas


Feeling inspired? Get out there and make your own DIY Modern Farmhouse Kids Activity Wall Board. 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.

10 thoughts on “DIY Modern Farmhouse Kids Activity Wall Board

  1. What a great idea. My grandkids would love the Lego board. I think that there are several that I will try. Thank you for sharing at the Handmade Hangout.

  2. That’s a brilliant idea Stephanie and I loved all the tips you gave regarding sizing and hanging. It’s those small details that always get me stumped when trying to build something like this and half the time I just give up.

  3. Oh WOW!! I wish I had seen this when my son was little! He was an absolute Lego nut and this would have been perfect for him! Such a great idea!

  4. Marissa Zheng | Squirrels of a Feather

    Wow, this looks amazing! From the picture I didn’t realize there was even more than the Lego board…now I love it even more! What a great activity center for kids! And maybe it would keep them off the floor 😉

  5. This is such an awesome, cool fun piece to have in a child play space. You nailed this with its beauty and its creativity. My son would have loved something like this, when he was younger. Thanks for sharing

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