Roll Paper Writing Wall




This is a really simple and inexpensive project for a kids room. The majority of the parts are from Lowes and Home Depot. The Ribba shelf from Ikea is used but any other picture rail shelf can be easily substituted or made. I built this for under $65

Step 1: Parts

  • Ribba Ledge: $10
  • Mala Paper: $5
  • 2x Curtain Rod Bracket: $8 each
  • 1” Metal Rod: $8
  • PVC Pipe: $3
  • 4x PVC End Caps: $0.50 each
  • White Spray Paint: $6
  • Finishing Washers $1
  • ¼” Plastic Spacers: $1
  • Screws & Anchors: $5
  • 20” x 24” Corrugated Sign: $5

Step 2: Picture Ledge Used As Ledge for Markers

I used a finishing washer on the front side to hide the drill hole and a spacer on the back side to give the paper space to slide through.

Step 3: Writing Backboard

Our walls are textured so I had to use a smooth corrugated sign board behind the paper so you could write on it. Also, it’s good in case a marker bleeds through the paper. I predrilled holes in the sign so I could find where to put anchors in the wall. Mounted it with finishing washers on the front side.

Step 4: Top Bracket

I cut the metal bar to the same width as the Ribba and drilled holes 1” in from the edges and spray painted it white. Once the paint dried, I mounted it to the wall with a finishing washer on the front and a spacer in the back. This bar is needed to keep the paper flat against the wall

Step 5: Hanging the Paper

Mounted the curtain rod brackets. Spray painted PVC pipe and end caps. Placed it through the Mala roll and hung.

Step 6: Bottom Paper Rod

Mounted second set of curtain rod brackets under the Ribba shelf

Step 7: Run Paper Through

Ran paper behind the top metal bracket and behind the Ribba before curling it on the lower PVC pipe.



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    11 Discussions


    3 years ago on Step 7

    Not just for kids! I'm going to put this in the workroom so I'll never have to scrabble for a big enough piece of paper for ideas. I think I'll put knobs on the lower roller to make it easier to roll the paper through. Love this!

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    3 years ago

    Additional option could be. Is to use a table saw, using the guide to cut a slit down one side of the lower bar. Then place the caps on. After the paint dries and its placed on the lower bar holder; simply fold the bottom paper about 1 inch up. Slide that into the slit then start rolling. This would keep the paper tight. Once the roll is all used. Simply take off one of the caps and slide the paper out. Quick and easy. Great idea.

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    Reply 3 years ago on Introduction

    I was actually thinking of doing this exact same thing, but I was too lazy to pull out the table saw. ;-)


    3 years ago

    Such a cool idea for artists who love to paint and draw


    3 years ago on Step 7

    I would likely extend the back board and mount the rollers, cutter, and shelf on the board. Then I only have to mount one item on the wall.