Do you need more storage for your office & craft supplies? This giant plywood pegboard DIY turned out so well. The unique abstract color blocks give a practical solution a little personality!
Pegboards are a really practical solution to providing more storage without taking up any more space. Because this is mounted on the wall, it gives the room a little more interest, safely stores those essential craft items out of reach from little hands, and keeps the clutter at bay!
You’ll see I decided to paint our pegboard, but if you are going to minimal distraction, feel free to leave it as your blank space for organizing. Of course, the designs and paint options are limitless should you choose that route.
A project like this one would be ideal for kids rooms, home offices, workshops, craft rooms, etcetera!
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Supplies & tools needed for giant pegboard
- Regular sheet of MDF pegboard (as a guide)
- 1/2″ x 4′ x 8′ sheet of plywood (we used two)
- 1″ long shank forstner drill bit
- Drill guide
- Orbital sander and fine grit sandpaper
- Wood glue
- 1×2 furring strips (to create french cleat & spacers)
- Table saw
- 1 inch brad nails (to attach french cleat to back of plywood)
- Brad nailer
- Stud finder
- 2 inch finish nails (to attach french cleat and spacers to wall & to attach pegboard to spacers)
- Finish nailer
- Angled paint brush
- Blue green paint color in semi circle
- Gray paint color in arch
- Tan paint color in line
- 3/4″ plywood pieces for shelves, cut at 6″ deep
Step 1. Mark the plywood board.
We grabbed a MDF pegboard panel to use as a template on the our large sheet of plywood.
This made the process of marking the plywood quick and easy, so felt like it was worth the $17 on the pegboard. If you didn’t want to spend the money, you could just measure out the marks on your plywood instead.
Clamp the pegboard panel and plywood board together. Then, using the PDF pegboard panel as a guide, measure the spacing for the holes on your pegboard and mark with a Sharpie.
We wanted our dowels to be 6 inches apart, we so counted out every 6th hole on the pegboard, where the holes are 1 inch apart.
Step 2. Drill the holes for the dowels.
Remove the pegboard panel and then start by drilling pilot holes on each of the marks.
What is drilling a pilot hole?
This is basically “predrilling” the screw holes. A pilot hole is a small hole drilled into the material, which reduces the likelihood of the plywood splitting or splintering during the real thing.
The pilot hole should be the same depth as the length of your screw or nail. It’s not 100% necessary, but it can save a lot of heartache in the long run.
When the pilot holes are complete, it’s time to drill the peg holes.
This is where a drill guide comes in handy. Using a drill guide will ensure each hole is straight. Otherwise if your drill isn’t held perfectly straight – it would be very noticeable when the dowels were added. It simply attaches to your drill and gives you perfectly straight holes every time.
As you see in the video, we began drilling very slowly to prevent chipping the plywood. Our pilot holes helped, too.
Then after the first few layers of plywood veneer, you can increase the speed of the drill.
After drilling, lightly sand the plywood down to smooth out any rough edges with an orbital sander and fine grit sandpaper.
Step 3. Cut the dowels.
Because we used a 1-inch drill bit to drill the peg holes, so we are also using 1 inch dowel rods.
We cut these with the miter saw to be about 8 inches long, so they can be sturdy enough to support the items we hang and hold the shelves, which we cut to 6 inches deep. Then, we sanded to smooth the edges on ends of the dowel slightly.
Be careful to not sand the sides of your dowel, however, because you’ll make them too small for the holes drilled, which will make them sag when inserted into the peg holes. (We learned the hard way on this one!…Watch the video tutorial above for more details).
Step 4. Hang the giant pegboard.
We used a French cleat to hang the giant pegboard on the wall.
We made this French cleat ourselves, which you can do by angling your table saw to make a angeled cut into a furring strip.
You can also purchase a large metal french cleat like this if you prefer.
What is a French cleat?
A French cleat is a fancy name for a piece of plywood or metal that secures a bulky or heavy object to a wall.
Typically, these are used in pairs: one attached to the wall and a matching edge cut into, or, in this case, attached to the object you are hanging. Both pieces have a 30-45 degree slope, so they “hold onto” each other and secure the object in place.
When you are attaching the cleat to the pegboard, glue it to the pegboard with wood glue, and then secure it with 1 inch brad nails & a brad nailer.
When you attach the other cleat to the wall, make sure you are nailing directly into the studs for extra security. Use a finish nailer and 2 inch finish nails. Then, slide the pegboard onto the cleat on the wall.
Now you have a great place to store and hang all kinds of items! From here, you could leave the pegboard as is or paint it. Totally up to you.
If you are skipping the painting process, go ahead and add your dowel rods according to what you are hanging where.
Step 5. Paint the giant pegboard (optional).
I wanted to jazz up our pegboard a little with some fun colors and shapes. I created a semi-circle on the right side of the board, a big panel stripe across the top, then an arch on the left side of the board.
To do this, tape a piece of string to the edge of the board and tie the other end of the string to a pencil. Hold the string taut and draw a semi-circle line across the board.
For more on this method, you can check out this post about how to paint an arch. I used the same approach.
I used the same method for the arch on the left side.
For the big stripe, I used a level for the straight line.
Before you begin painting, make sure you tape your different shapes off with FrogTape. Really press the tape down with a credit card so the paint doesn’t bleed under the tape.
Another way to prevent the paint from bleeding is to paint towards the FrogTape line – instead of painting along the tape line.
For my circular shapes, I used an angled brush to carefully paint along the curves.
When you are done painting, remove the painter’s tape immediately, pulling at a 45 degree angle. Do not wait for the paint to dry!
Step 6. Arrange your pegboard wall & shelves.
After the paint has dried, you can begin adding your dowels and arrange them in a design that works for you.
For the shelves, we used plywood and cut it with the table saw so they were 6″ deep. For the width, we cut them so they had 2-3″ of overhang on each side of the dowels.
I used a combination of shorter for hanging small items and longer pegs for supporting small shelves.
The shelves are perfect for storage for craft ribbon, paints, and yarn.
Now, I can easily access any tool I need for crafts, DIY projects and kid’s art projects.
It doesn’t have to be 100% functional. Feel free to add items that show your own style and spark inspiration!
Adding additional storage for craft supplies doesn’t have to be boring or add bulk to your space. A giant pegboard can do wonders for your clutter!
A quick and easy DIY project like this one will give your space the style and functionality it needs!