Make this fun & easy DIY Mini Clip Light Display Board. I love this LED display board in kids bedrooms, teen bedrooms, dorms & home offices.
Easy DIY Mini Clip Light Display Board
Have you seen these great LED mini light strings with big clips??? I’m a big fan. In fact, I’ve had this one for 5 years and it still works!
I love this easy home decor idea for displaying pictures, kids art or school work, and even family schedules.
You can use this DIY Mini Clip Light Display Board in bedrooms, dorm rooms, living rooms, and an office! Heck, it could even be a fun way to display the weekly dinner menu in a kitchen.
I made this one as part of my boys bedroom makeover and it looks so cute, guys!
This DIY LED string light display board was actually inspired by my oldest. He wanted a way to hang his art projects in his room.
And we just happened to get these LED clip lights as a Christmas gift. So, this was a perfect opportunity to use them. I LOVE how it turned out. And, it makes a great night light too.
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OK, let’s get this DIY Mini Clip Light Display Board tutorial started.
Note: You can use this DIY with any size board you like. The Clip Light String comes in lots of different lengths. 🙂
- 8′ – 1×3 Board – I used Select Pine
- A String of Light Clips
- 150-grit Sandpaper
- Your favorite super glue, I used this one
- Velcro Command Strips for Hanging the Board
- Paint Brushes or Paint Sponges
- Any Color Chalk Paint or Stain
- Polyurethane, like Minwax Polycrylic in Clear Matte
- Staple Gun and Staples
How to Make a Mini Clip Light Display Board
Quick Step Overview
- Sand the 1×3
- Paint or Stain
- Apply Poly Top Coat
- Attach Mini Clip Lights to Board
- Hang the Board
Project Steps In Detail
Start by sanding all 4 sides and the ends of your 1×3 board smooth with 150-grit sandpaper, or similar grit.
Then dust off the board and apply your favorite stain or paint. If you’re using a type of wood with knots in it, you should prime before painting.
I prefer chalk paint over other paints because it dries fast, cures hard, and sands easily. But, you can make your own chalk paint from latex paint with this DIY Chalk Paint Recipe.
Once the board is stained or painted, and dry, apply a coat of Water-Based Polyurethane to protect the finish.
Paint the mini clip lights battery box to match the board or the wall it will hang on.
Attaching the Mini Light Clips
Now, you’re ready to attach the mini clip lights to the board. Start at one end and work your way down.
Keep the clips spaced evenly apart for a better look.
I used a fast-setting super glue to attach the back of the clips to the wood. Just hold each clip in place for 30-seconds for it to set then move to the next one. Quick and Easy!
Make sure to keep the string untangled as you glue down the clip
Once each clip is glued down, you can leave the string between them loose or staple it down, like I did. Be careful with those staples. You don’t want to puncture the wire.
I also stapled down the extra length of string between the last clip and the battery box to keep it out of sight.
Attach the Display Board to a Wall
I used 4 Sets of Velcro Command Strips to attach my display board to the wall. And 1 Set to attach the Battery Box to the wall.
I love command strips, I use them whenever I can to hang things on my walls to avoid putting holes everywhere.
Now, fill up those clips with photos, fun memories, kids artwork, your to-do lists, anything you’d like. 🙂
Check out this DIY Wood Display Board for a larger place to display your family memories. It looks really nice too!
The Finished Display Board
If you want to see more DIY projects from this bedroom makeover, check out the DIY Wooden Curtain Rods post, the DIY Lattice Board and Batten Wainscoting, the DIY Upholstered Twin Headboard, the PVC Pipe Kids Play Tent, or the sweet little Easy DIY Side Table or Stool.
UPDATE: You can see the Boys Bedroom Full Reveal now. I’d love for you to stop by and check it out. 🙂
That’s it for this Easy DIY Mini Clip Light Display Board, guys. Be sure to check out more of my Easy DIY and Home Makeover Videos on my YouTube Channel.
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Feeling inspired? Now that you know how to make this DIY Mini Clip Light Display, have fun and let me know if you have questions. Or post pictures of your work and tag Abbotts At Home on FB, I’d love to see it!