DIY Drying Rack

Hi friends! This month I challenged myself to paint 20 small oil paintings, I quickly realized that I would need a place to safely dry these out of the way so I created this drying rack that I can put up on a shelf in my studio away from my work area and my cats! This is what I came up with:

I built this from some leftover foam board (foamcore) I had but you can also up cycle a couple of cardboard boxes to do the same thing. This is sturdy, lightweight and should last a long time.


  • Foam board/foam-core or cardboard
  • craft knife
  • Hot glue (duct tape could also be used but I think it will be more difficult.
  • Yardstick

I love crafting with foam core, I have made many storage items over the years with it like this ribbon storage and this ink pad holder. There is so much you can do with it! Some viewers on YouTube said they were going to make a card display for craft fairs using a similar method to my drying rack and I thought it was a wonderful idea. What have you made with foam core? You can find it at the dollar tree or order it in bulk from any big art supply retailer. Happy crafting!

6 thoughts on “DIY Drying Rack

  1. I love foam core! Most of my ink pads and pens are in foam core holders that I made thanks to your post mentioning an inkpad holder designed by another crafter.

    I adapted the general idea to add shelves and have them in a few different sizes and styles. With my pads and pens close to hand I use them much more often. They are easy to make, as long as you are careful about measuring, and very inexpensive. One thing I have noticed now though is that dollar store foam core is somewhat thinner than it used to be, so I bought a few sheets of the good stuff the last time it was on sale.


  2. Foam board rocks. If you make a lot of things out of foam board, invest in a mat cutter. They aren’t cheap but they cut foam board like a dream and you can cut the same size pieces – say for shelves and walls very quickly without knife slip. I made a pen holder rack and it was very time saving. Haven’t cut any mats yet however :(.


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