DIY: Neon Clipboard Frames

If you’ve never heard me say this in the past, I’m not a big fan of plastering kids artwork on the fridge.  That said, I love celebrating my kids’ creativity and inner artist.  In our old house I put up a clothespin line and hung my eldest son’s artwork there (see above).  But I wanted to change things up for our new house.

I’ve been seeing some cool uses of neon colors, like here and here, and I’ve been wanting to use neon somewhere in the house.  The big questions were: Where? and How?  After some reflection I decided that I would use neon colors to punch up my kids’ art display, but I decided not to go with traditional frames because I want to be able to switch out the artwork as new masterpieces get revealed.  So I decided clipboards would do trick nicely.

I bought a bunch of clipboards on Amazon as they have a few different sizes available.  Then I got my spray paint from Home Depot.  Then I used an old box, newspaper and blue tape to tape off part of each board and went to our backyard to do the spraying.  Anyone will tell you that spray painting requires good ventilation, so doing it outside is best.

To give the paint job a little bit more of a design element I chose to give them a dip dyed look by covering up and taping off part of each board at different levels.  I will say this, that in order to get a nicely saturated color you need to give the boards several coats of spray paint.  One might possibly need less paint by priming the boards first.  I skipped this step as I was impatient to get to the neon color going.

I think the neon works will with the bright colors in my kids’ art.  I also like that the colors help to further frame the pieces, if I had just used plain clipboards I don’t think the display would have been nearly as impactful.

Before anyone asks, I used Command Strips from 3M to affix the boards to the walls.  I figured the less permanent damage to the walls, the better, as I know how much work went into making that dry wall smooth.

Hope you like this little DIY project.  My kids sure are happy to see their art up on the wall.

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