Binder Clip Picture Board Display

 
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A few weeks back, I made this awesome hanging picture board, loosely inspired by something I had seen at a pop-up market in San Francisco. I had wanted to make something to display my awesome Artifact Uprising square prints, but hadn't gotten around to it, so I was really happy when this picture board finally came together! It was something that I created much more organically than my other DIYs, because I didn't have a clear vision when I first started, nor was I making something that I had already seen DIYed before. But it turned out great, and so many people have asked about how to make it, so here's my attempt to walk you through it!

I like to think of this piece as a combination of 3 different DIYs: (1) a simple wood plank picture board, (2) a copper pipe bar, and (3) little clay plant pots. So, this post will be divided into three different DIYs. I've already written up a DIY on how to make the plant pots, so keep on reading for the other how to make the whole piece! 

Cost: ~$40 (depending on how much you have at home already!)
- Wood plank: $5
- Hardware: $5
- Copper pipe and corners: $7
- Pipe cutter: $7
- Polymer clay: $9
- String: $2
- Air plants: $5

1. Picture Board

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Things you will need:
- Wood plank (I got mine at a reuse/recycle center!)
- Ruler or measuring tape
- 2-3 triangle D-ring picture hangers and screws (or enough to hold the weight of your board)
- Screwdriver
- Bulldog clips
- Narrow nails (you want the head to fit through the whole of the bulldog clips)
- Hammer

Instructions

1. Screw on the triangle D-ring picture hangers to the back of your board (see above photo), about 3 inches from the top of the board. Use enough to hold the weight of your board and spread them out evenly across the length of the board. I only used two!

2. Flipping you board over, mark where your bulldog clips will go. First, decide how far you want to space your bulldog clips. Because my square prints were 5" in length, I spaced my clips about 5.5" apart., so that there would be a little space in between the photos. Then, mark dots here about an inch from the top of the board, where the nails will go.

3. Hammer the nails into the spots you marked, stopping when there is about 1/2" to 1" of the nail exposed. 

4. Put your bulldog clips through the nails. Voila! First part done!

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2. Copper Pipe Bar

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Things you will need
- 1/2" diameter copper pipe  (about the 3" longer than the length of your board)
- 1/2" diameter copper corners
- Pipe cutter
- E6000 glue
- Six long narrow nails (~2 inches in length)

Instructions

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1. Cut your copper pipe into three pieces using the pipe cutter: one piece that is about 3" shorter than the length of your board, and then two pieces that are 3" in length. 

2. Dropping a dab of glue each time you connect pieces, assemble the copper pipe bar: put the corners onto each end of the long copper pipe piece, and then put the 3" pieces on the other sides of each corner piece.

3. Now time to attach it to the board, which is a bit tricky. First, center your copper bar on the wooden board and draw a circle around where the pipe will attach to the board. (You want to draw a circle so that you know where to nail your nails.

4. Then, basically, you're going to nail three nails right next to each other in an upside down triangle in the circle you drew. Otherwise, the copper pipe will sag and not stand parallel to the floor. The tricky part is to space the nails perfectly so that the heads are wide enough to keep the copper pipe stable but narrow enough to actually fit the pipe over all three nails. The nails should be only a few millimeters apart and should have about an inch sticking out.

TIP: Nail the first two top nails on each side, spaced very close together (only a few millimeters apart), and make sure your copper pipe actually fits over the two nails before nailing the last nail at the bottom of your triangle. 

5. Place your copper pipe bar on the wooden board. You may have to adjust your nails slightly by bending them or adjusting their placement to make sure the copper pipe doesn't droop or sag. Now the hard part's over - almost done!


3. Little Clay Plant Pots

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Things you will need
Polymer clay (I used Sculpey white clay)
- Oven, baking sheet and aluminum foil
- About 10 ft of string (I used hemp cord), cut into six equally sized pieces
- Air plants!

Instructions:

1. Make three mini plant pots with pointed bottoms and four holes poked evenly across the top for the string. I've written a DIY already on how to make miniature plant pots: click for more detailed instructions!

2. Attach the strings to the pots - two strands per pot. String one end through a hole (towards the inside of the pot), and back out through an adjacent hole. Repeat for the other side of the pot with the other strand. (see the above picture). Then, do it for all three plant pots!

3. For each plant pot, tie the four strands loosely together to the copper pipe bar on the wooden plank and add your airplants. Then, hang, and you're DONE! 

That was SUCH a long post but it's really easier than it looks. The hardest part is attaching the copper pipe. I love that I can switch out the pictures when I get sick of the ones!

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