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Ruler Clip Art Rails

November 1, 2010 |
posted by Ana White
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Display your children's artwork or even a chore list with this cute wall display system. Made from Jumbo clothespins and a wood yardstick.

Ruler Clip Art Rails

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So I have a story for you.

My sister Claudia is in town and Grace was showing her her room.  And of course, Grace only has a toddler bed.

And Aunt Claudia asked where she was going to sleep, because Grace's bed is too small.

And Grace replied, with confidence, "Don't worry, I'll make another bed."

And Aunt Claudia said, "Won't that take a long time?"

And Grace said, "No, I promise, I can make another bed real fast."

Well, we didn't make a bed.  But we did make this together.

 

And it was real fast.

And real cheap.  You will need a yard stick.  Ours came from the Lowe's paint counter and was eighty-nine cents.

And four of these giant clothes pins. I got them on sale for three dollars for all four.

 

And some leftover paint.  Acrylic paint in the tube works too.

This one is high gloss red from Valspar.

And this blue is a homemade oooops concoction.  Add a little gray to the color to tone it down and balance the brights.

More ooops paint.  Can't beat $1 per quart.  Especially in premium paint.

And I wanted to show you this photo because this plum is green ooooops paint.  Notice how the paint is thinner than the other colors (all single coats)?  I'd pay for green paint, but this one doesn't have the same coverage as the other paints.

Now line out your clothes pins on the yardstick.  Mark the locations.  Flip the whole thing over.

And screw the yard stick to the clothespins with short screws (measure your clothespins and yardstick, I used 1/2" screws)

And then just screw the whole thing to the wall.  I screwed mine to a stud in the wall, but you could also use drywall anchors.

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I Love this! I have 5 kids,

I Love this! I have 5 kids, and the younger ones are always making something. I would love to have a whole bunch of these!

posted by Jeanne (not verified) | on Mon, 2010-11-01 22:05
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Excellent article. Very

Excellent article. Very interesting to read. I really love to read such a nice article. Thanks! keep rocking.
my latest blog post

posted by Monag111 | on Wed, 2013-04-24 11:00

Love the idea..now just to

Love the idea..now just to think of where it will go...hmm

posted by Cindi (not verified) | on Tue, 2010-11-02 03:48

I wonder if a hot glue gun

I wonder if a hot glue gun would work instead of screws...or would it not be strong enough?

posted by Susan (not verified) | on Tue, 2010-11-02 04:01

I used a hot glue gun on mine

I used a hot glue gun on mine and it worked fine. I also painted the yard stick a navy blue and the clothes pins a bright grean. Between the Pins I painted white wooden stars and hot glued between. It looks great with my sons Toy Story room!

posted by Guest (not verified) | on Thu, 2011-05-19 16:03

Love this! It's

Love this! It's self-measuring too!

I'd think your pre-drilling advice would be especially good here... wouldn't want to split the yardstick. Where did you find the huge clothespins?

Also love your creativity with the oops paints!

posted by Mary Anne (not verified) | on Tue, 2010-11-02 04:06

Such a cute, simple idea! We

Such a cute, simple idea! We JUST got our son into school and he starts tomorrow, this will be awesome for his little bring-home projects!

Also, wudjya ever do about the bed situation? (lol!)

posted by Megan (not verified) | on Tue, 2010-11-02 04:26

If you use glue, just skip

If you use glue, just skip the paint on that spot. It'll stick better. I think I'd just use wood glue or gorilla glue though.

posted by Darla (not verified) | on Tue, 2010-11-02 05:16

love this - great way to

love this - great way to corral those papers and so cute.

posted by pat (not verified) | on Tue, 2010-11-02 05:33

Ana, THESE ARE FABULOUS!

Ana,
THESE ARE FABULOUS! Thanks so much for sharing!
I'll be linking!!

posted by Kari@Ucreate (not verified) | on Tue, 2010-11-02 06:45

I *love* this project. Soooo

I *love* this project. Soooo cute and I've been looking for a creative way to display the *many* coloring pages/drawings/craft projects that seem to multiply when I'm not looking. I think I've found my answer!

posted by Rebecca (not verified) | on Tue, 2010-11-02 06:49

@ Mary Anne---if you click on

@ Mary Anne---if you click on the giant clothespins, it will come up with Jo-Ann's.
What a great idea, Ana! Even better than your Clip Art rails.

posted by Nan Tovar (not verified) | on Tue, 2010-11-02 06:53

@ Mary Anne---if you click on

@ Mary Anne---if you click on the giant clothespins, it will come up with Jo-Ann's.
Ana--this is even better than the Clip Art rails, more colorful too

posted by Nan Tovar (not verified) | on Tue, 2010-11-02 06:54

I think I will make a shorter

I think I will make a shorter version and attach heavy-duty magnets on the back! That way I can use it on the fridge! I never have enough clips on the fridge. Thanks for the idea!

posted by Amanda (not verified) | on Tue, 2010-11-02 07:03

We have something very

We have something very similar in our play room. Regular clothespins (about a dozen of them), painted red, on a piece of scrapwood painted yellow. The kids love having their artwork on display.

posted by Andrea (not verified) | on Tue, 2010-11-02 07:17

love, love, love this idea!

love, love, love this idea! I've been trying to come up with an idea to hang all my kids artwork. This is perfect! I'm seeing a while wall of these!

posted by Lisa (not verified) | on Tue, 2010-11-02 07:44

I love that project!!!!!

I love that project!!!!! http://cleverlyinspired.blogspot.com/2010/11/powder-roomthe-forgotten-workhorse.html

posted by Tracie (not verified) | on Tue, 2010-11-02 07:53

great project, I have the

great project, I have the perfect spot I can put it to hang up my girls' artwork!

posted by anna (not verified) | on Tue, 2010-11-02 08:56

I love love this! Im going to

I love love this! Im going to make several of these for my daugther's room! Ana, thank you for all you do, Heavenly Father bless you!

posted by Isabel Jenson (not verified) | on Tue, 2010-11-02 09:49

ADORABLE! another design

ADORABLE! another design element to add to my play room plans! woo hoo!

posted by Megan (not verified) | on Tue, 2010-11-02 12:02

awesome & soooo simple !!!!

awesome & soooo simple !!!! you're a genius!!

posted by yvonne (sydney australia) (not verified) | on Tue, 2010-11-02 12:49

I tried a hot glue gun and

I tried a hot glue gun and seems to work just fine. Now after 6 months of little hands hanging and re-hanging art it may need another dab of glue, but so far it's great. I love finding projects where I have everything I need already lying around the house!

posted by emily* (not verified) | on Tue, 2010-11-02 13:05

Will you explain this

Will you explain this comment? I've read and reread it a dozen times, and just can't figure it out.

"And I wanted to show you this photo because this plum is green ooooops paint. Notice how the paint is thinner than the other colors (all single coats)? I’d pay for green paint, but this one doesn’t have the same coverage as the other paints."

posted by Ashley (not verified) | on Tue, 2010-11-02 13:08

This is so cute! I am an

This is so cute! I am an occupational therapist for a school district in Arkansas and this is a really great project for my kids. Thanks!

posted by Julie (not verified) | on Tue, 2010-11-02 14:17

Is there a way to hang these

Is there a way to hang these on windows?? Love the idea. Our playroom is just full of windows:)

posted by kate @ www.brownleeallday.weebly.com (not verified) | on Tue, 2010-11-02 15:12

I'm thinking that this might

I'm thinking that this might work for me with a few bills I keep loosing and have trouble keeping in order. Maybe in my sewing room where I need to hang a pattern and instructions while I sew. Thanks Ana, and its a fast project too!

posted by Theresa (not verified) | on Tue, 2010-11-02 16:15

suction cups!

suction cups!

posted by Ana White (not verified) | on Tue, 2010-11-02 18:07

Seriously cute!

Seriously cute!

posted by Hilary (not verified) | on Tue, 2010-11-02 21:16

I'm gonna hit up lowes &

I'm gonna hit up lowes & joann's today... I've been wanting to make something just like that. thank you, as always, for the inspiration :)

posted by jenn (not verified) | on Wed, 2010-11-03 08:21

I have an old yard stick that

I have an old yard stick that really isn't useful because it is curved but it has a beautiful patina. This would be the perfect project for my sewing corner.

posted by Sunny (not verified) | on Fri, 2010-11-05 07:49

Gorilla Wood Glue would

Gorilla Wood Glue would prolly work too. I just picked some up on sale at Harbor Freight!

posted by Christy Panzarella (not verified) | on Fri, 2010-11-05 11:36

If you do the same thing, but

If you do the same thing, but turn the clothespins the other direction & hang the yardstick up vertically, this makes a good rack for baseball caps. I did those one year with the Fire Dept Auxiliary to sell at a fair.

posted by Heather (not verified) | on Fri, 2010-11-05 21:39

I think by "green" she means

I think by "green" she means eco-friendly, low voc paint. It boggled my mind too how plum could be green LOL.

posted by Sunny (not verified) | on Tue, 2010-11-09 22:07

LOL! Sorry about that,

LOL! Sorry about that, Sunny, you are right.

posted by Ana White (not verified) | on Tue, 2010-11-09 22:29

I LOVE this idea!!! I'm a

I LOVE this idea!!! I'm a teacher in an inner-city school and have a HUGE wall of block glass windows that I haven't been able to figure out how to hang the kids' work on.... yardsticks with clips, hung from suction cups are perfect!!! Thanks so much!

posted by Judy (not verified) | on Thu, 2010-11-11 06:11

I love love love this! I

I love love love this! I featured it on my blog today!!!

kimboscrafts.blogspot.com

posted by kimbowest (not verified) | on Sun, 2010-11-28 13:15

I did this but I marked where

I did this but I marked where the clothes pins were going and painted a piece of scrap wood I had, I left the part where the clothes pins were going unpainted, painted the front and sides of the clothes pins and then just hot glued them to the other piece of wood.

Still together and works great!!

posted by Teresa (not verified) | on Wed, 2011-01-19 11:58

This is just what I've been

This is just what I've been looking for. My four kids create an endless stream of artwork and I wanted a creative way to display it. And this is it! I'm definitely going to make this. Hope to make it to town tomorrow and get the supplies! Thanks Ana, this entire website is so cool! :-)

posted by countrymomma (not verified) | on Sat, 2011-03-05 21:38
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If I didn't want to screw into my wall

Do you think the double sided tape that holds hooks up to 50 pounds would work?

posted by Chrystal | on Tue, 2011-05-24 08:23

No screw solution

If you don't want to put holes in the wall, I'd grab some of the "command" hooks by 3m, and use them in place of double stick tape. The adhesive will come cleanly off the wall. Follow the directions on the packaging, just apply the adhesive to the back of the ruler, rather than to the hooks! I've used these for years, and they hold well, except in high heat/humidity situations.

posted by Char Haas (not verified) | on Tue, 2011-05-24 09:40
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Screw holes

One thing to keep in mind is that long-term, an adhesive is more problematic than a screw or nail hole. Over time the adhesive will either fail, or become one with the wall (typically over the course of 6-9 months). If that happens, the only way to deal with it is to gouge out the drywall and patch.

With a screw or nail hole, you can make it more secure by drilling or nailing into a stud (use a stud finder, they're cheap and useful). You can also pre-drill the hole, so that you pierce the surface in a controlled way and minimize the size of the hole. When it's ultimately time to take the ruler down, it's a couple minutes to fix with spackle or joint compound and a putty knife.

If you have real plaster walls, the situation is more complex. You must pre-drill nail or screw holes because the plaster will crack and the crack will spread, and the fix is tedious (and may require skills you don't have). The problems from the tape adhering are magnified as well.

posted by claydowling | on Tue, 2011-05-24 10:49

What is the exact size on

What is the exact size on these clothespins? 6 inches, 9 inches, or bigger?

posted by Nikki Hayes (not verified) | on Thu, 2011-06-30 11:39
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Wow!!!!!

Adorable project, thank you so much for sharing... I made a version this afternoon and I just loved it...
Best regards all the way from Brasil

posted by Dgidgi | on Sat, 2011-10-01 17:18

Help!

Ok, I took apart my clothes pins and painted them.... problem is, I can't figure out how to get them back together... any advice? - I feel like a dud!

Thanks for the great project this is perfect for my classroom.

posted by Cloe (not verified) | on Thu, 2011-10-06 13:33

I believe I can create a

I believe I can create a shorter model and put heavy-duty magnets on the backside! Because of this We can use it on the fridge! I ACTUALLY do not have enough clips on the fridge, and also in my opinion I'd personally just use wood glue or perhaps gorilla glue though. Many thanks for your idea!

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posted by Brustvergrösserung (not verified) | on Mon, 2011-11-28 12:55

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