One thing I noticed when we bought our house is that our fridge isn’t magnetized. Since I love displaying my son’s art (and there’s a lot of it now that he’s started preschool!), I started combing the web for ideas that I could apply to our kitchen. That’s when I discovered homasote, which is a green material (yay!) since it’s mostly made of recycled materials.
I bought a piece of Homasote board at my local building supply store, and they cut it to the dimensions I needed. I found some fabric that matched my kitchen’s decor at fabric.com, stapled the edges of the fabric to the back of the homasote board, and voila! A neat looking display board to hang on a very blank wall in my kitchen.
Bear in mind that the homasote is heavy, so you’ll need to screw it into the wall studs or use wall anchors. Another option is to buy a picture frame to go around the board and use picture framing hardware to hang it. Martha Stewart’s site explains how to do that. Since my piece is really large and a nonstandard size, that wasn’t a road I wanted to go down.
I added a few clothing lines with clothespins to display the art work so I wouldn’t have to put holes in it. Since the homasote board is soft, you could easily use thumbtacks if that’s what you prefer. However, the clothesline saves me from having to worry about having sharp thumbtacks within my son’s grasp. Plus, he can hang his own pictures - which is really cool to a three year old!