kids' curtain rod art gallery 08

How To Display Your Child’s Artwork With a Cafe Curtain Rod

kids' curtain rod art gallery 09

Completed curtain rod art gallery.

Blogger Dana McCranie offers simple, step-by-step instructions for creating a tasteful home art gallery to display your little one’s school projects.

Kindergarten has brought a lot of changes to our home, the most profound being the sudden influx of artwork on a daily basis. This flood of beautiful work made it a priority for me to find a way to display my daughter’s best work before filing it, or (gulp!) getting rid of it. FamilyFun magazine recently featured a Velcro-based art strip, but I went with a cafe curtain rod and drapery clips instead. Here’s what I did.


  • Cafe curtain rod
  • Drapery clips
  • Tape measure
  • Pencil
  • Beautiful works of art
  • A drill and a cute owl pillow are not necessary but make the project much more pleasurable


Project Difficulty: Easy
Time Needed:
1-2 hours

Step 1: Expand the rod to fit area you want to fill. Then measure your cafe rod. My owl pillow is better with numbers than I am.

kids' curtain rod art gallery 02
Step 2: Calculate the center of your rod and use the tape measure to help you mark it on the wall. I used my pencil to mark the holes before drilling them. Then, calculate equal distance in both ways from your mid-point and place your next two pieces of hardware.

kids' curtain rod art gallery 03
Step 3: Place your rod on the hooks to ensure you are happy with the placement.

kids' curtain rod art gallery 04
Step 4: Now is the hardest part: selecting which pieces you will hang. I let the owl help me with the selections.

kids' curtain rod art gallery 05
Step 5: You can clip the pages and then hang them up as I did in the photos, or you can remove the rod and run the clips on and then clip your pictures. This would be a great activity to have your children participate in.

kids' curtain rod art gallery 07
Step 6: Stand back and marvel at the beauty of the imagination of your child. They will love seeing their work displayed as much as you do.

kids' curtain rod art gallery 08

kids' curtain rod art gallery 10

  • Summer Huggins

    Cute idea, Dana! This would be fun with my photography too…

  • Anonymous

    I am so glad you like it. It has been a real success here! We’ve even added more clips. I hadn’t thought of pictures. That is a great idea!

  • Nicole Christine Gropp

    Very cute, Dana. Also, I love the owl. Do you have a tutorial lined up for him, too?

  • Anonymous

    I wish I did, Nicole. I didn’t make him, however making an owl pillow might be next on my list of things to do!!! Thanks for the idea.

  • Anonymous

    Such a good idea! I may get my refrigerator cleaned off for the first time in years.