Wednesday, June 27, 2012

Art Show Display DIY

At our school, we have two art shows a year: one in the fall, and a large one in the spring. Hanging hundreds of pieces of art can  be a huge challenge so I want to share with you how we hang our work. Our large DIY displays are simple to make. Here is what you will need:

    CHEAP black fabric (our panels have sheer stretchy fabric that is opaque) How much you need depends on the size of insulation board you get but you will probably need around 7 or 8 yards per double panel.
Gaff or Duct tape (Gaff works better but is more expensive. Our maintenance department has given us Gaff tape- so ask yours!)


 Foam insulation boards (about 1 to 2 inches thick) You will need two insulation sheets per panel. These run around $10 dollars a sheet.


Cover one side of each foam board with fabric and secure the fabric on the back side with Gaff tape. When you have two covered, place them side by side, fabric facing down, and tape their seam together. Stand them up like an open book and you have your display panel. Its easy, cheap, and quick!


Here is what our art show looked like:









14 comments:

  1. This is great! I've used insulation boards to create large scale paintings of book covers for the library and for display within the classroom. Are these pretty sturdy? Like the blog! Also a fellow UNT grad!

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    1. Thanks Rachel! These panels are pretty light weight which is great for moving and storing. They are pretty sturdy- they are heavy enough to stay put!

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  2. How did you rig it in the back to keep it standing upright?
    also do you make some kind of support for the bottom?
    looks great!

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  3. Stephanie, it needs no additional support. It sits upright like an open book.

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  4. How did you attach the artwork?

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  5. You can use metal clothing pin or t pins. I like to secure them in all four corners.

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  6. Do you have a picture of the back of one of these displays? I am going to try to make them for a display at an arts festival. The backs will be visible. Thank you.

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  7. The back of these panels are not finished but could easily be. Just wrap the black fabric around the whole panel instead of just the front and staple/tape the fabric around the edges. Hope this helps!

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  8. Can you hang canvas artwork on these display boards? I have paintings that are like 20"x24" and 16"x20".

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  9. If you form them into a triangular prism with three pieces, they can stand anywhere without the backside being visible.

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    1. Yes that is what I did for my art show. They are sturdier in a triangular form.

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  10. Art work from kids are quite fascinating to see. That's my case because I admire seeing the artwork of those kids and to see how much dedication they put. It has me even wondering about the type of art supplies they use.

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