So you can see that I used pegboard and colored pencils to create this interactive art piece! And I have good news- it was super easy!
First, we painted the peg board black because I wanted the color of the pencils to really pop! You could also use white for a little less dramatic, more clean look.
Next, we searched for colored pencils that fit into the pegboard holes perfectly. You will have to look around and try a few out. I got my pegboard at Lowes and I used the "Scholastic" colored pencils. It's a nice, snug fit but the pieces can be removed with a little effort.
After we found the perfect pencils, we cut the pencils in half (and cut off the points) with a chop saw. We did this to:
1. Get more dowels for less money.
2. Decrease the depth of the art piece.
To cut the pencils, I wrapped a handful of them in tape to keep them together and cut multiple pieces at once.
We needed to hang the pegboard an inch or two out from the wall in order for the pencils to push through a bit. Tim cut some 1 1/2 inch long pieces off a wood dowel. He then pre-drilled a hole through all the dowel pieces. Once spots were marked on the wall and anchors were placed, we hung the pegboard.
After the pegboard was in place, it was time for the fun part! I decided to make a couple of shelves with the pencils towards the top of the piece to hold a few graphic books.
I also used pencils and yellow string to "draw out" an "H" for the homeowner's last name.
Finally, I used the pencils and colored rubber bands to make star shapes.
Of course you could create all sorts of images with the pencils, string, and rubber bands. That is my favorite part! This DIY art board is completely customizable and can be changed or added to so easily! You could create snowflake figures in winter, present silhouettes for birthdays, "write" inspiring messages. . . the possibilities are endless!!
So, what I'm saying is- You should totally try this! :)