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Hanging Wall Art Board

Use art to display art. Assembled from inexpensive lumber, this painted wall hanging provides a place to show off drawings, photos, and kids' projects.

White hanging art holder with kids' drawings, photos.

Project Overview

Skill Level


Estimated Time

1 weekend

Estimated Cost


Tools and Materials


  • Miter box and handsaw
  • Clamps
  • Hammer
  • Nail set
  • Drill with 1/16" bit
  • Phillips screwdriver
  • Level


  • 7 1/2" x 3/4" x 8' Radiata pine (#3487)
  • 1" x 8" x 4" poplar board (#1095)
  • Valspar satin white spray paint (#282277)
  • BIM spray primer, 13 ounces (#45664)
  • D-ring hanger 4-pack (#264577)
  • #13 x 2" finish nails (#69152)
Items may be Special Order in some stores. Product costs, availability, and item numbers may vary online or by market. Paint colors may vary slightly from those shown. Availability varies by market for lumber species and sizes.

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Project Resources


Cut and Glue The Parts

Step 1

From 1/2" x 3/4" x 8' strips, cut parts 1" longer than what's shown on the parts list. Glue and clamp pairs of strips with their edges flush to make parts. Carefully remove any glue that squeezes out from between the pieces.

Step 2

After the glue dries, trim the parts to length.
Good to Know
All the 14" horizontal pieces must be cut exactly the same length. To do this, trim one end on each piece. Group two or three parts and cut them at one time. Use one of those to mark the length for the remaining parts and cut those to length so the saw barely touches your pencil marks on the waste side of the cut.

Step 3

Cut the three center boards to length. If the 7-1/4"-wide boards don't fit your miter box, make square cuts by sawing freehand. Center the saw blade on your penciled cut line and brace a piece of scrap wood with a square-cut end against the saw blade as you cut.

Assemble the Display

Step 1

Glue and clamp a centered 7-1/4" x 6" rectangle between two 14" horizontal pieces. Repeat to make two more sets.

Step 2

Drill pilot holes, then glue and nail the bottom 14" part to a 38" side strip that you'll later use to align the other parts. Glue a 3" piece centered on the bottom part.
Good to Know
Hammering nails can throw parts out of alignment. Avoid this by first drilling 1/16" pilot holes where you want nails. Then clamp the parts to a flat work surface before driving the nails.

Step 3

Drill, glue, and nail one of the center panel assemblies you put together earlier to the side piece. Repeat for the remaining parts until you reach the top of the piece.

Step 4

Drill, glue, and nail the other side in place and allow the glue to dry overnight. Sand everything with 120-grit sandpaper and wipe away any dust.

Finish and Hang Your Display

Step 1

Prime and then spray-paint the finished project with three coats of your choice of colors. Allow the final coat to dry overnight.

Step 2

On the back of the side pieces, add two D-ring hangers the same distance from the top. Measure the distance apart and make two level marks on the wall where you want the display. Drive two mounting nails into the wall and hang the finished display.