Yes, my vision was magazine-perfect.
You're probably wanting the nitty gritties, huh? Well, let's start with the supplies.
For the easel:
*One-4 foot garden trellis ($8 at Hardware Store)
*One 16x20 picture frame, without glass or backing (FREE from my stash)
*One metal hinge ($2 at Hardware Store)
*Yellow spray paint (from my stash)
*Scrap plywood and scrap wood from old garage shelving (my stash)
*Chalkboard paint (my stash)
For the accessories:
*Old cookie sheet (stash)
*Scrap fabric and mod podge (stash)
*2 Galvanized metal buckets ($1/each at Target dollar spot)
*2 White cup-hooks (stash)
*Roll of masking paper ($2 at Hardware Store)
*Ribbon for bunting (stash)
*Ribbon to hang paper (stash)
*Stack of various colored paint chips
I gathered wood scraps from my own personal stash. You probably have access to different wood scraps. For the chalkboard, you'll need a piece of MDF, particle board, etc to fit the inside of your frame. For mine, the hubby cut a piece of plywood to fit into my existing frame and then gave the surface a nice sanding. After my plywood was cut, sanded and painted with chalkboard paint, I glued it into the frame using gorilla glue.
The trellis got a coat of yellow spray paint and then I sanded it bit. You'll want to sand your trellis for sure! The wood is very rough. But, if you don't like your paint looking so worn, go ahead and sand it pre-painting.
To assemble, I turned the trellis on it's head and used the cross-beams as a shelf for my framed chalkboard. The shelf carries some of the load, so I simply attached the frame with heavy duty velcro.
For my trellis/chalkboard to become an easel with a folding stand, my hubby cut an old 1x4 piece of shelving to the desired height and then I painted the entire piece with chalkboard paint. When it was dry, we attached it to the trellis using a simple hinge.
I decided to add a magnetic piece, so I coated a cookie sheet with chalkboard paint (front and back!) and then mod podged a scrap of fabric to the center. I, once again, used velcro to attach this to the trellis!
The masking paper is strung with ribbon and then tied around the trellis stakes. The bow can simply be untied to change the paper! On the bottom cross-beams, I added two cup-hooks, from which I hung my metal buckets...perfect for chalk storage!
Of course, I had to throw is some paint chip fun, so I cut 10 circles from various colors and strung those together with ribbon...the perfect Hardware Store accessory for this whimsical easel!
All-in-all, this was a fairly quick project to make (thanks to help from my dear hubby!) and cost me around $15. Not too bad for an easel that has multiple chalk surfaces, coloring paper...AND a magnetic surface, to boot! I think my daughter will grow into this and use it for years to come!
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